Accelerated MaineMBA Pathway for Current UMS Students

The Accelerated MaineMBA pathway provides candidates from all majors at the University of Maine, the University of Southern Maine, the University of Maine at Presque Isle, and the University of Maine at Machias the opportunity to complete the MaineMBA in one to two academic years of full-time study.

This program is offered to current undergraduates only. The accelerated MaineMBA pathway can be combined with any major’s program requirements, allowing you to graduate with your MBA immediately following your bachelor’s degree. In some cases, students can also begin graduate work in their senior year. This accelerated program is encouraged for high-achieving, driven students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or better.


MaineMBA Curriculum

Complete Eight (8) Core Courses

  • Strategic Data Analysis (BUA 601)
  • Global Supply Chain Networks (MBA 637)
  • Financial Statement Analysis (MBA 609)
  • Foundations of Business Intelligence (BUA 680)
  • Management of Contemporary Organizations (MBA 626)
  • Managerial Marketing (MBA 670)
  • Management Policy (MBA 649)
  • Financial Management (MBA 651)

Choose two – three (2-3) electives courses such as:

  • Knowledge Management & Decision Support Systems
  • International Field Study
  • MBA Internship
  • Independent Study
  • Services Management
  • Analytics for Managers
  • Information Visualization
  • Investment Management
  • Socially Responsible Investing
  • Leadership
  • Idea Generation and New Product Development




Admission Requirements

To apply, current students should:

  • Prior to Junior Year: Submit completed Declaration of Intent to Enroll form
  • Spring Semester, Junior Year: Submit completed online application
  • Contact information for three professional recommendations
  • Your current resume
  • A brief essay (prompt below)
  • GMAT scores if applicable

International students will also submit:

  • TOEFL or IELTS scores.  Waived for native English speakers and students graduating from an English-speaking or ESL programs.
  • WES or ECE certified transcript translation. 
  • Certificate of Finances 
  • Copy of passport or visa

International applicants should also review the Office of International Programs page for more information on Visas, financial statements, and other requirements, or to contact an international student advisor. International three-year degree holders are considered for admission to the Graduate School of Business. All applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis. Three-year degree holders are encouraged to apply.

MaineMBA Concentrations

MaineMBA Concentrations are available for Accelerated Pathway students. Concentration students will take a series of three pre-determined electives to fulfill their concentration:

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Engineering Management
  • Finance
  • Food Industry Management
  • Geospatial Technologies
  • Global Policy (Orono Only)
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Human Nutrition 
  • Outdoor Industry Management
  • Public and Nonprofit Management
  • Sustainability

Additional Information

Prerequisite Courses

To ensure that all MaineMBA students have a foundation of business core concepts, prior coursework in the following areas is required of Accelerated Pathway students. Depending on your undergraduate major, your requirements may differ. Please schedule an advising appointment to determine your exact requirements.  Most students will need courses including:

  • accounting (financial and managerial)
  • economics (macro and micro)
  • statistics
  • finance
  • marketing 
  • management

Applicants should begin planning for the Accelerated Pathway early to ensure requirements are met.

Professional Recommendations

Recommenders should be able to comment on your academic strengths, work ethic, responsibilities, accomplishments, career advancement, managerial experience, or ability to be successful in the MaineMBA.

Application Writing Submission

A writing submission describing your career goals and aspirations to earn your MaineMBA is required. The submission is evaluated not only for content but also for intrinsic writing quality and strengths. The piece should be no longer than 500 words total.


Accelerated Pathway applicants with a cumulative GPA above 3.25 do not need to submit GMAT scores. All other applicants must submit GMAT scores taken within the last five years.

  • Other standardized tests (e.g., GRE, LSAT, MAT) may be substituted if taken within five years.
  • The GMAT may be waived for strong candidates with five or more years of post-graduate professional or military experience, including:
    • Management of staff in a direct working relationship
    • Leadership of work teams
    • Financial or budgetary responsibility
    • Job responsibilities that specifically demonstrate applied quantitative and analytical skills

To apply for a GMAT waiver, submit the GMAT Waiver Form. GMAT waivers are not available for international applicants.

Application Fees

Application fees are waived for:

  • Graduates of University of Maine System Schools
  • Veterans of the US Armed Forces
  • Fulbright Scholars
  • Participants in select programs (eg. IRT/McNair)

Admissions Timeline for Current UMaine Students

First – Third Years:

  • Meet with undergraduate academic advisor
  • Maintain a 3.25 overall GPA
  • Submit Declaration of Intent to Enroll form
  • Complete prerequisite courses with a B- or better

Third Year:

  • Meet with MaineMBA Recruitment Specialist
  • Apply and receive provisional admission to the MaineMBA

Fourth Year:

  • Begin graduate level courses
  • GRADUATE WITH BACHELOR’S (March in Spring Commencement)

Fifth Year:

  • Complete final graduate- level courses
  • GRADUATE WITH MBA (March in Spring Commencement)

Important: In the senior year of your undergraduate program, providing you 1.) have completed all business prerequisites with a grade of B- or better, 2.) maintained a 3.25 GPA and 3.) have applied and been provisionally accepted to the MBA, you may enroll in two MBA courses.