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Graduate Programs - MBS Graduate Business Certificate

The Graduate Business Certificate program provides students interested in gaining advanced skills in business or as a pathway to the MBA program.  Emphasis is placed upon areas in management, economics, accounting, finance, marketing, and management information systems.

A benefit of the Certificate is its exclusive online delivery.  This is ideal for those working full-time, exploring a second career in business, military personnel, out-of-state or international students, or individuals intent on applying for the MBA Program in the future.  Bachelor degree seniors may also take courses in the Certificate at the 400 or 500 level only but this is strategically advantageous for those seeking to matriculate into the MBA program on campus.  Concurrently, the same courses taught in the Certificate program are offered on-campus, providing students the option of attending the Maine Business School at The University of Maine in Orono.  Graduate courses taken in the Certificate will apply toward MBA program completion for admitted students, except for the BUA 400 and ECO 410.

This is a 15 credit hour certificate. Courses listed below do not need to be taken in a specific order though a good start would be the BUA 400 in the summer and ECO 410 offered in the fall.

Pathway to MBA Requirements: 

No GMAT is required for the Graduate Business Certificate; however, it is a requirement when applying to the MBA Program in keeping with The University of Maine admission standards, AACSB accreditation standards, and selectivity of the Maine Business School.  Students are advised to apply via the Graduate Application and meet all application requirements. However, students who complete the Graduate Business Certificate will be given strong consideration for entry to the MBA with GMAT scores less than 550, whereas they are otherwise qualified, meet the UMaine graduate requirements, and have demonstrated academic success in the Certificate program.

Acadmic Standards:

Consistent with The Maine Business School’s high academic standards, students must earn no less than a B- in each course of the Graduate Business Certificate.

For specific program details or discussion, schedule an appointment or contact:

Carol L. Mandzik, MBA
5723 DP Corbett Business Bldg, Rm 209
Maine Business School
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine  04469
Tel:  207-581-1971
Skype:  UMaineMBA

Download the application for the Graduate Certificate (PDF)

Application Materials:  Official baccalaureate transcripts are required from each institution attended in addition to the application directives above.  A CV/resume is encouraged along with the application.  Recommendations are not required though in some cases, may be requested in order to supplement the application to help determine admissibility.  UMaine baccaulaureate graduates are exempt from submitting official UMaine transcripts but must send official transcripts from all other college/universities attended.

The Certificate Program (15 credits hours):

Notes:  BUA 400 is typically offered in the spring semester (on campus) or summer (online).   ECO 410 is routinely offered in the fall semester (online) as are BUA 605 and 651.

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Contact Information

Maine Business School
5723 D.P.Corbett Business Building
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-1968 | Fax: 207-581-1930E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System