The MaineMBA in Public and Nonprofit Management


The Public and Nonprofit Management concentration brings together the MaineMBA and the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service to deliver a unique program developing professionals for leadership roles in government, nonprofit and community organizations, and other public service settings. The concentration pairs robust, foundational knowledge and skills with advanced concepts in Management specific to the public and non-profit sectors. Coursework focuses on conceptual learning and application through the use of real-world data, case studies, client-and community-based projects, and assignments, and provides opportunities to apply learning to contemporary issues and challenges. The concentration serves working professionals and pre-career students from varied educational backgrounds who aspire to leadership roles and careers as managers or advocates in public service. 

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The MaineMBA in Public and Nonprofit Management Curriculum

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

One (1) required Public and Nonprofit Management course:  

  • Managing Governments and Nonprofits (PPM 535)

Two (2) electives from courses such as:

  • Measuring Performance in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (PPM 531)
  • Managing Cities, Towns, and Counties (PPM 534)
  • Grant Writing and Development (PPM 545)
  • Volunteer Engagement and Management (PPM 553)
  • Innovation and Change in Nonprofits (PPM 630)
  • Human Resource Management and Policy (PPM 632)
  • Strategic Planning in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (PPM 633)
  • Public Finance and Budgeting (PPM 640)

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Admission Requirements

All applicants should 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 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.

Minimum Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a 3.0 cumulative GPA; 3.5 preferred.  
  • GMAT score minimum of 500; 550 is preferred. GMAT waivers are available for qualified students (see below)
  • For International applicants, a TOEFL minimum of 80 or IELTS minimum of 6.5.

All applications are reviewed holistically – exceptional career or leadership experience may offset weak scores in some applicants. Conditional or provisional admission is available.  


Additional Application 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.

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 is no longer than 500 words total. 

Application Fees

Application fees are waived for:

Need-based application fee waivers are not available. 

GMAT Exam

Applicants must submit GMAT scores taken within the last five years. To apply for a GMAT waiver, submit the GMAT Waiver Form

The GMAT waiver is available for those who meet the following criteria:

  • Possession of an Advanced Degree
    • PhD, JD, MD, CPA, CFP, or graduate degree from an approved accredited institution.
  • Five or more years of post-graduate professional or military work experience:
    • Management of staff in a direct working relationship
    • Financial or budgetary responsibility
    • Leadership of work (i.e. platoon leader, platoon commander, team leader, company commander, or similar military position). 
    • Job responsibilities that specifically demonstrate applied quantitative and analytical skills.
  • A minimum of 3 years of industry experience in a highly STEM, quantitative, or analytical-based field.
  • A minimum of 3 years of advanced military operations experience.
  • An undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 in a STEM or applied quantitative field from an approved accredited program.
  • Students participating in the Accelerated Pathway program. 

Other standardized tests (e.g., GRE, LSAT, MCAT, or PCAT ) may be substituted if taken within five years.