MaineMBA & M.A. Global Policy


This Global Policy-MBA dual degree provides in-depth training both in business and international policy. The dual-degree 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.

The course of study takes two to three years. It leads to two master’s degrees: one in Global Policy (with a concentration in International Trade and Commerce or International Security and Foreign Policy) and one in Business.

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The University of Maine Graduate School of Business recognizes the additional pressures facing our applicants amid the Covid-19 outbreak. In solidarity with our future students and our global community, the MaineMBA is:

    • Waiving all GMAT exam requirements for all domestic applicants with a 3.0 GPA or above through September 1*
    • Allowing admission deferrals up to two calendar years for any admitted MaineMBA student.
    • Offering one-on-one and small-group virtual information sessions, chats with current students, and Q&A calls daily.
    • Waiving application fees for Maine system graduates, US Armed Forces Service Members, and members of any Maine Chamber of Commerce.

Your individual situation may permit additional accommodations. Schedule a virtual meeting at mba@maine.edu or call us at 207-581-1973. 

* International applicants and all applicants seeking assistantships or merit-based scholarships may work with us to populate their scores on a case-by-case basis.

Curriculum

Students 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

  • Statistical Analysis and Modeling for Organizational Operations (BUA 601)
  • Creating & Capturing Value in the Digital Economy (BUA 605)
  • Financial Statement Analysis (BUA 609)
  • Law, Business and Society (BUA 620)
  • Management of Contemporary Organizations (BUA 626)
  • Managerial Marketing (BUA 670)
  • Management Policy (BUA 649)
  • Financial Management (BUA 651)

Complete Five (5) Global Policy Courses

  • 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:

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Admission Requirements

To apply, students will submit:

  • Completed online application indicating the dual degree program
  • Contact information for three professional recommendations
  • Transcripts of all previous college or university work
  • Your current resume
  • A brief essay (prompt below)
  • GMAT scores
  • $65 application fee

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 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

MaineMBA Prerequisite Courses

In addition to Global Policy or Information Systems prerequisites, MaineMBA students are required to 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
  • marketing
  • management

Prospective dual degree students are encouraged to apply prior to completing prerequisites. Provisionally admitted students may take online prerequisites concurrently with their MBA courses:

  • Intro to Managerial and Financial Accounting (BUA 400)
  • Micro and Macroeconomics (ECO 410)
  • Finance Tutorial (not for credit)
  • Management Tutorial (not for credit)
  • Marketing Tutorial (not for credit)

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. 

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 a dual degree program.

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.