OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0
Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: A C- or higher is required in all core business classes, with only one opportunity to repeat a class.
Other GPA requirements to graduate: Must earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in all Business and Ecomomics classes. Must earn at least 70% of the total credit hours in core business classes, as well as the majority of the courses in the major at UMaine.
Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: MGT 449
Course satisfying the Writing Intenstive requirement within the major: FIN 351
Contact Information: Jason Harkins, Associate Dean, 211 DP Corbett, (207)581-1968
The Finance major prepares students to have skills in three general areas - structure and functioning of financial markets and institutions; methods of financing business operations; and security selection and portfolio management for individual and institutional investors. Common career paths for finance majors are in financial management in business, management and nonprofit organizations; commercial and investment banking; and brokerage.
To earn a B.S. in Finance at least 70% of the total credits earned in business core classes, as well as the majority of the specialized courses in the major (i.e., 3 out of 5 in finance) 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.
Students wishing to transfer from other institutions or from other programs within UM must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and be in good academic standing. In addition to University-wide policies for transfer of credit, MBS, as an institution accredited by AACSB International, evaluates transfer credit according to AACSB standards.
First year finance students may take MGT 101 and BIS 235 . Sophomores (24 or more degree hours) may take ACC 201 , ACC 202 , BIS 105 , MGT 325 , MGT 220 and MKT 270 . 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”. Class standing requirements are never waived.
The Business Program for Finance majors has three components:
- The General Foundation (52 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 (34 credits). The core business courses provide an understanding of the functional areas common to most businesses: accounting, finance, law, marketing, management, management information systems, production and operations, international business and strategy.
- The Major Fields (15-18 credits). Students acquire advanced knowledge of a major field (accounting, finance, management, or marketing) by taking five courses (six in accounting) beyond the introductory level in a chosen major. Concentrations in International Business, Management of Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship can be elected in addition to a major.
Note: The remaining 16-19 credits needed to qualify for graduation can be filled with any course offered at the University.