MaineMBA & M.A. Global Policy

This dual degree provides in-depth training both in business and international policy. The program is intended for students interested in utilizing business skills in international careers focused on public policy, international service, finance, trade, and development, as well as students envisioning a career in international business and thus needing further knowledge of the global environment. This interdisciplinary program is offered by the University of Maine School of Policy and International Affairs and the Graduate School of Business. It’s only available in person on UMaine’s Orono campus.



Students in the MaineMBA/ M.A. in Global Policy Dual Degree are required to complete the requirements for a Master’s degree in Business and the requirements for either the Trade and Commerce or International Security and Foreign Policy concentrations within the Global Policy degree. Six hours of each degree can be counted as electives for the other (i.e., a total of 12 credits can be double-counted); as a result, a total of only 51 hours is required to complete both degrees (rather than the 63 usually required for two completely independent masters degrees).

Complete Eight (8) MaineMBA 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)
  • Strategic Decision Making (MBA 649)
  • Financial Management (MBA 651)

Complete Five (5) Global Policy Courses (ORONO ONLY)

  • Methods of Inquiry and Research (SPI 501)
  • Issues in World Economy (SPI 502)
  • International Relations (SPI 503)
  • Public Service Seminar (SPI 510) (1 credit)
  • Internship (SPI 595) (2-6 credits)

Choose a concentration and take your final 3-4 courses from Concentration Electives:




Admission Requirements

To apply, students will submit:

  • Completed online application
  • Contact information for three professional recommendations
  • Transcripts of all previous college or university work
  • Your current resume or CV 
  • Writing Submission (see “Application Writing Submission” below) 
  • GMAT scores or Approved GMAT Waiver (see below)
  • $65 application fee

International students will also submit:

  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores such as TOEFL or IELTS scores. Test requirements are waived for native English speakers and students graduating from an English-speaking or ESL program. Read more about the test requirements here
  • 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 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. 

Minimum Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a 3.0 cumulative GPA; 3.5 preferred.
  • All prerequisites for both degrees with a grade of B or better.
  • GMAT or GRE score minimum of 500; 550 is preferred.
  • For International applicants, a TOEFL minimum of 80 or 6.5 IELTS.

Dual Degree applicants are jointly reviewed by both academic departments. It is possible that a student will gain admission to one program but not both. All applications are reviewed holistically – exceptional career or leadership experience may offset weak scores in some applicants. Conditional or provisional admission is available.

Additional Information

Foundation Courses

To ensure that all MaineMBA students have a foundation of business core concepts, prior coursework in the following areas is required:

• Accounting (financial and managerial)
• Economics (macro and micro)
• Statistics
• Finance

Students can complete foundational skills via online foundation courses prior to starting MBA courses. All students are welcome to take foundation courses to help solidify their skills and prepare them for success.

Dual-Degree students may also have prerequisite requirements with the M.A. in Global Policy. 

Admission Exam

  • Applicants must submit GMAT or GRE scores taken within the last five years.
  • Other standardized tests (e.g., GRE, LSAT, MAT) may be substituted if taken within five years.
  • Admission Exam scores are waived for applicants with a PhD, JD, MD, or other graduate degree.
  • The admissions exam may be waived for exceptionally 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

For more information about Admission Exam Waivers, contact the program coordinators for both programs. 

Application Essay Prompt

Submit an essay describing your motivation for pursuing a dual degree. The essay is evaluated not only for content but also for intrinsic writing quality and strengths. Your essay should be no more than two pages, double spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman font, 1″ margins.

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)
Need-based application fee waivers are not available.