The undergraduate business program prepares students to participate in a global economy. The program provides the broad education necessary for successful business management in a rapidly changing environment and is designed to develop skills and attitudes of mind that will enable students to cope successfully with the emerging problems of business management.
To earn a B.S. in Business Administration at least 50% of the total credits earned in business and economics must be taken at the University of Maine. Business and economics coursework must be completed with a 2.0 (“C”) cumulative average.
A C- or better is required in all business core classes and those classes may be repeated only once.
First year students may take BUA 201, BUA 202 and BUA 135. Sophomores (24 or more degree hours) may take BUA 325, BUA 220, BUA 301 and BUA 302. Juniors (54 or more degree hours) may take any other 300- or 400-level business course for which prerequisites have been met unless the course specifies “Senior Standing”.
The Business Program has three components:
- The General Foundation (60 credits). Throughout the program students acquire a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences. Through courses in English, communications, international studies, mathematics, computer science, economics and psychology, as well as electives, students build a strong foundation for lifelong learning. Within this component, the student will satisfy the University’s general education requirements.
- The Business Core (30 credits). The core business courses provide an understanding of the functional areas common to most businesses. This core program includes courses in accounting, finance, law, marketing, management, management information systems, production and operations, international business and business policy (the capstone course).
- The Fields of Concentration (15-18 credits). Students acquire advanced knowledge of a major field (accounting, finance, management, marketing, management information systems and international business) by taking five courses (six in accounting) beyond the introductory level in a chosen concentration. Note: Students interested in International Business must complete a concentration in another area as well - this will add a minimum of nine credits to the student’s program.
Note: The remaining 15 credits (or 12 credits if in accounting) needed to qualify for graduation can be filled with any course offered at the University.
Prospective CPA students:
Students who intend to sit for the CPA (Certified Public Accounting) examination must have completed 150 credits including a baccalaureate degree and a minimum of 15 credits in accounting. One option recommended for University of Maine students is to complete the baccalaureate degree in business with a concentration in accounting and then complete the UMaine MBA or MS in Accounting. Students should strongly consider an internship in accounting sometime during their program.