MaineMBA & M.S. Information Systems

In partnership between the Maine Business School (MBS) and the School of Computing & Information Science under the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS), the University of Maine is proud to offer a Dual Masters Degree in Business Administration and Information Science. Under this program, individuals can obtain both a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Science in Information Science (MSIS).

This dual degree program intended for students interested in combining business skills with technological skills in order to meet the demands of the workplace. The course of study normally takes two years.

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Students are required to complete the requirements for a master’s degree in both programs.  Six hours of MSIS courses can be counted as MBA electives and nine MBA credits can be counted as MSIS electives (i.e., a total of 15 credits can be double counted). As a result a total of only 45 hours is required to complete both degrees (rather than the 60 usually required for two completely independent masters degrees).

The dual degree can be pursued either live or via distance technology. 

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 Seven (7) Information Systems Courses

  • Formal Foundations for Information Science (SIE 505)
  • Information Systems Programming (SIE 507)
  • Human Computer Interaction   (SIE 515)
  • Information Systems Law  (SIE 525)
  • Design of Information Systems  (SIE 550)
  • Any Information Sciences Elective
  • Any Information Sciences Elective




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.