Accelerated Graduate Pathways

Accelerated Graduate Pathway to MBA

Accelerated Graduate Pathway to the MaineMBA

For highly motivated undergraduate students who are already looking ahead to graduate school, USM offers an Accelerated Graduate Pathway to the MaineMBA program that allows you to begin graduate study while completing your bachelor's degree, saving you time and money -- which means you'll be ready for a career that much sooner, with your bachelor's and master’s degrees in hand.

Why Consider an Accelerated Pathway to the MaineMBA Program?

  • No matter what your career choice, a solid understanding of business is always relevant.
  • You will be part of a strong academic community.
  • Maximize your professional skills and advance your career opportunities by networking with top business professionals.
  • Develop closer links and more meaningful interaction with faculty through joint research and graduate assistantship opportunities.
  • Save time and money by developing a sound plan for your future now.

 

Admission Requirements

Requirements for business and engineering majors are different than those for non-business majors. Please see below.

USM Business majors must:

  • state intention to participate in the accelerated pathway prior to earning 105 undergraduate credits
    achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0;
  • earn a B or better in ECO 101 Introduction to Macroeconomics, ECO 102 Introduction to Microeconomics, and MAT 210 Business Statistics (or an equivalent course);
  • earn a B or better in the USM Business Core courses;
  • earn a B or better in the USM Business Major courses;
  • score a 500 or better on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GMAT is waived for those students with a GPA of 3.25 or above;
  • complete an application to the MaineMBA;

USM Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering majors must:

  • state intention to participate in the accelerated pathway prior to earning 105 undergraduate credits;
  • achieve a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0;
  • earn a B or better in ACC 110 Financial Accounting Information for Decision Making, ACC 211 Managerial Accounting Information for Decision Making (ACC 400 Introduction to Accounting, which is an MBA foundation course at UMaine, can be taken in lieu of ACC 110 and ACC 211), EGN 304 Engineering Economics, FIN 320 Basic Financial Management, and MAT 380 Theory of Probability and Statistics;
  • score a 500 or better on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GMAT is waived for those students with a total GPA of 3.25 or above;
  • complete an application to the MaineMBA.

USM Non-Business majors must:

  • state intention to participate in the accelerated pathway prior to earning 105 undergraduate credits;
  • achieve a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0;
  • earn a B or better in ECO 101 Introduction to Macroeconomics, ECO 102 Introduction to Microeconomics, and MAT 210 Business Statistics (or an equivalent course);
  • earn a B or better in the following USM Business Core courses: ACC 110 Financial Accounting Information for Decision Making, ACC 211 Managerial Accounting Information for Decision Making, BUS 260 Marketing, FIN 320 Basic Financial Management, and BUS 340 Managing Organizational Behavior;
  • score a 500 or better on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GMAT is waived for those students with a total GPA of 3.25 or above, and a 3.0 GPA in the business core courses;
  • complete an application to the MaineMBA.

USM students are permitted to apply to the MaineMBA one semester prior to their final undergraduate semester, and may receive conditional admission to the MBA program. Full admission will be granted upon successful completion of their USM baccalaureate degree.

How to Apply:

  • On the Common App, select your preferred choice of major.  You will then see the following option: “Please indicate your interest in one of the following accelerated pathway options at the University of Southern Maine” from which you can select a Pathway.
  • In the University of Maine System application, select your First Choice Major and then you will see the following drop-down menu: Accelerated Graduate Degree Pathway (First Choice Major), from which you can select a Pathway.

If you are a Transfer or Continuing Student, please contact the University of Southern Maine Advising Office to meet with an academic advisor who can review your previous coursework and determine your eligibility for entering an Accelerated Graduate Pathway. Please call (207) 780-4040 or email:usm.advising@maine.edu.