How to apply for the MBA Program

Application Process

The Maine Business School welcomes well qualified students from around the U.S. and the world! Apply Online or download the required forms below, under “Forms & Resources”.

Admission to The University of Maine MBA program is competitive.  Candidates for the MBA are encouraged to apply early though complete applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. A complete application must include the following:

  • Graduate Application
  • Essay, articulating goals and objectives for earning an MBA
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official college/university transcripts from all schools attended
  • Official GMAT scores taken within the last 5 years or GMAT waiver request form submitted and signed by MBA Director
  • CV or Resume (optional but recommended)
  • Graduate application fee payment

Review of a candidate’s application for consideration of admission with copies is conducted; however, an admission decision to the MBA Graduate Program is subject to receipt of original documents.

Admission Criteria Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university with a 3.0 cumulative GPA; 3.5 preferred.  All prerequisites for the MBA must each have a grade of B- minimum.  Candidates are also expected to have strong analytical, math, writing, and presentation skills.  Full admission is based on meeting all prerequisites, academic standards, satisfactory GMAT scores, and all requirements. Conditional or provisional admission is possible.

GMAT Score: Applicants must submit official GMAT scores taken within the last five years.  A GMAT score of 550 is preferred; no less than 500.  GMAT scores less than 500 considered for conditional admission providing other strong qualifications are demonstrated in the application.  For more information follow these links: The official GMAT website: A useful collection of materials about the exam is the Online Masters Programs website: To register for the exam go to:

GMAT Waiver (Effective for Spring 2017 applicants and thereafter): 

You may substitute for the GMAT scores other standardized test results (e.g., GRE, LSAT, MAT) if taken previously and within five years.  Scores that convert to a GMAT less than 500 are not acceptable.

The GMAT is waived for applicants with a PhD, JD, MD, or master’s degree from a U.S. accredited program.  The GMAT is waived for applicants with a CPA or CFP.

The GMAT may be waived for strong candidates with five or more years of post-graduate demonstrated professional work experience. Professional work experience includes:

  • Management of staff in a direct working relationship, and/or
  • Leadership of work teams, and/or
  • Financial or budgetary responsibility, and or
  • Job responsibilities that specifically demonstrate applied quantitative and analytical skills.

The GMAT may be waived for military members and veterans with five or more years of military experience, provided they meet academic minimums.

Note:  The GMAT will be requested from applicants with sufficient work experience but who do not meet the academic minimums in order to strengthen the candidate’s portfolio.  International applicants must submit a GMAT score.

To be considered please fill out and submit to the MBA Director the GMAT Waiver Form (below in the Forms & Resources section). No GMAT waiver is automatic and an approved waiver request does not guarantee admission to the program.

Letters of Recommendation:  Letters should be of high quality from credible sources; i.e., from current or former supervisors, current or former professors, those who can comment on the candidate’s academic strengths, work ethic, responsibilities and accomplishments, career advancement, managerial experience, and predictable success in the MBA program.

Communication Skills:  Demonstrated, in part, by the application essay; an opportunity for the candidate to describe important attributes not apparent from the rest of the application, and also to convey one’s unique background, philosophy, goals and objectives, character, and ability to add value to The University of Maine ‘s Graduate Program. The essay is evaluated not only for content, but also for intrinsic writing quality and strengths.

International Students International candidates for the MBA must provide the following items in addition to their Graduate application materials (as delineated above):

  • A copy of a valid passport (photo page only)
  • An original financial or bank certificate, in English, indicating $ USD funds of $34,000 minimum (required by the U.S. Department of State)
  • If transferring from another U.S. institution, a copy of a valid F1, J1, or non-immigrant visa (photo page only) and a copy of the current I-20 or DS 2019
  • If graduating from an overseas university with a bachelor’s degree, an official WES Course-by-Course Report: Or, an ECE Course-by-Course Report ordered via:
    • (WES, ECE not required if overseas university coursework was taught in English)
  • English Language Requirements for International Students Whose Native Language is not English:
    The Maine Business School will accept official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.

    TOEFL:  To be considered for admission, the MBA program requires a minimum score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or 550 on the paper-based TOEFL.  To be considered for a graduate assistantship, applicants must have achieved a 92 on the iBT TOEFL or equivalent (580 paper-based).

    IELTS: Minimum 6.5 for admission and minimum 7.0 to be considered for a graduate assistantship.

    When ordering TOEFL score, use Institution Code 3916.

  • If a student has received a previous degree from an English language university then TOEFL or IELTS is not required.
  • The test requirement is waived if the applicant has graduated from an ESL program from a U.S. institution (within 2 years) with satisfactory results.  Most ESL programs require a language proficiency test at conclusion of the program.
  • Student who have not achieved the required score might consider enrolling in the University of Maine’s Intensive English Institute (IEI).

For personalized service, please contact: Scott Spolan, Interim Director of MBA Programs The University of Maine Maine Business School 5723 DP Corbett Business Building, Rm 209 Orono, Maine  04469 Tel: 207-581-1973