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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Curriculum

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. 

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)

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

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.

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Admission Requirements

To apply, students will submit:

  • Completed online application indicating the dual degree
  • 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.


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.

Additional Information

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.