The MaineMBA in Sustainability

The MaineMBA combined with a concentration in Sustainability acknowledges the value of managing financial, environmental, and social performance to achieve resiliency and provide long-term returns to investors. Students select from a variety of courses offered through the MaineMBA the Muskie School of Public Service, and the University of Maine School of Law.

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The MaineMBA in Sustainability Curriculum

Business Foundation Courses

Coursework with a grade of B- or better is required in the following subjects. Students without an undergraduate degree in business may enroll in foundation courses as part of the MaineMBA curriculum. 

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

Eight (8) MaineMBA Core Courses

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

Three (3) Sustainability Courses

  • Sustainable Communities (Required)
  • Transportation Planning and Policy
  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Business and Sustainability
  • Launching Sustainable Ventures
  • Socially Responsible Business and Marketing




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
  • A brief essay (prompt below)
  • GMAT scores or Approved GMAT Waiver (see below)
  • $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 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.  
  • All prerequisites for the MBA with a grade of B- or better.
  • 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 (covering topics through linear regression)
  • finance
  • marketing 
  • management

However, prospective students are encouraged to apply for the MaineMBA prior to completing foundation courses. Non-business undergraduates can complete foundation courses online concurrently with their MBA coursesclasses through the following options:

  • 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)

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 Essay Prompt

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


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 is waived for applicants with a PhD, JD, MD, CPA, CFP, or graduate degree.
  • 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 or applicants requesting a graduate assistantship.

Application Fees

Application fees are waived for:

Need-based application fee waivers are not available.