School of Business

MBA in Business Administration - Engineering Concentration

An MBA is a useful degree for an engineer who aspires to advance his/her career within a corporation, or who wants to open a consulting business or a startup company. Learning how to solve different business problems and understanding marketing and management related issues are some key skills an MBA degree can teach you. Having already obtained a technical degree, an MBA supplements your education in the wider areas of management that usually include subjects such as finance, marketing, organizational behavior, and management strategy.

The Engineering Concentration leverages graduate-level coursework in engineering to fulfill the elective portion of the MBA requirements, and requires engineering design work with a business focus as a part of the capstone. The concentration was tailored to be pursued by current engineering students as part of an accelerated 4+1 program, but is also available to anyone who has already earned a bachelor's degree in engineering or in a related field of study.



The master of business administration program at the University of Southern Maine is composed of twenty-seven credit hours of core courses and nine credit hours of elective or concentration courses. In addition, up to fifteen credit hours of foundation courses may be required depending on the student's previous academic background.

Foundation Courses (0-15 credits)

M.B.A. courses numbered below MBA 610 are not applicable toward the thirty-six credits needed for graduation. Admitted students whose educational background is lacking the foundation courses are required to satisfactorily complete each of these courses or their equivalents as stipulated in their letter of admission.

Grades earned in M.B.A.-level foundation courses are included in the student's grade point average. Any foundation courses in which a student earns less than a C grade (2.0) must be repeated.

Faculty strongly recommend that students, who do not have a solid recollection of foundation course content, retake or, at a minimum, review content material independently prior to enrolling in core courses. Students may consult the School of Business web site or faculty for information on course content.

A minimum grade of C (2.0) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or successful completion of an equivalent CLEP exam or departmental exam (if available) is needed to meet a foundation course requirement. Coursework from non-accredited institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis. After admission students needing foundation courses are expected to enroll in the graduate courses to meet the requirement. In extenuating circumstances a student may petition the director for permission to enroll in undergraduate equivalent courses to meet M.B.A.-level foundation course requirements. Any undergraduate courses taken will not be included in the computation of the student's graduate grade point average.

     EDU 671 Organizational Behavior
     MBA 501 Economics Analysis
     MBA 502 Accounting Concepts
     MBA 504 Probability and Statistics for Business Decision Making
     MBA 505 Financial Management

Computer application skills

All students are expected to have basic computer skills in word processing and spreadsheet usage, either through prior experience or education. Students lacking in computer application skills are responsible for seeking coursework that will fulfill these expectations.

Core Courses (27 credits)

     Alpha Course:  MBA 611 Introduction to Organizational Change
     Accounting (Select one)
          ACC 630 Management Accounting Systems
          MBA 631 Financial Accounting
     Ethical and Legal Issues: MBA 615 Ethical and Legal Issues in Business
     Finance (Select one)
          MBA 623 Financial Engineering
          MBA 625 International Finance (may not double count in International)
          MBA 626 Strategic Valuation
          MBA 627 Investment Management
          MBA 628 Financial Markets and Institutions
          MBA 629 Financial Modeling
     Information Systems: MBA 674 Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation
     International (Select one)
          MBA 612 Topics in International Business
          MBA 625 International Finance
     Marketing: MBA 660 Managerial Marketing
     Operations: MBA 672 Supply Chain Management
     Capstone: EGN 602 Graduate Design Project to fulfill the MBA 698 (Practicum) requirement in the last semester of the MBA program.

Electives (nine credits; select three courses)    

Select three courses from below or from other approved courses. Please see course descriptions in the Engineering section of the catalog.

EGN 517 Introduction to Robotics
EGN 546 Micro Electromechanical Systems
EGN 598 Graduate Topics in Engineering
ELE 527 Energy and Power Systems
ELE 544 Analog Integrated Circuits and Design
ELE 564 Microelectronic Fabrication
ELE 587 Digital Image Processing
MEE 552 Analysis and Design of Composite Structures
MEE 561 Physical Metallurgy
MEE 575 Engineering Acoustics 

As of September 1, 2019, USM has placed a hold on admissions to the Master of Business Administration program. At that point applications will be accepted through the University of Maine for an MBA offered in Portland, Orono and online.  Review of applications after September 1, 2019, for Spring and Fall 2020 will be conducted at the University of Maine.  For more information, please see Maine MBA or contact Maine Business School at 207-581-1968 or