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100% Online 15 credits $461/cr. in-state and $576/cr. out-of-state* Rolling Admission None

*This special e-tuition rate applies to out-of-state students enrolled in a UMaineOnline degree or certificate program.

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration program is designed for students interested in gaining advanced skills in business. For some students, it can serve as a pathway to the MBA program. The Certificate curriculum provides coverage in management, economics, accounting, finance, marketing, and management information systems. The Certificate is available entirely via online or distance delivery. This is ideal for those working full-time, exploring a second career in business, military personnel, out-of-state or international students, or individuals intent on applying for the MBA program in the future. Many of the same courses taught in the Certificate program are also offered on-campus, providing students the option of attending the Maine Business School at UMaine. Graduate courses taken in the Certificate program will apply toward MBA program completion for admitted students, (this does not include BUA 400 and ECO 410). This is a 15 credit hour certificate. Courses listed below do not need to be taken in a specific order, although a good start would be to take BUA 400 in the summer and ECO 410 in the fall.

Pathway to MBA Requirements

No GMAT is required for the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration; however, it is a requirement when applying to the MBA program in keeping with The University of Maine admission standards, AACSB accreditation standards, and selectivity of the Maine Business School. Students are advised to apply via the Graduate Application and meet all application requirements. However, students who complete the certificate program will be given strong consideration for entry to the MBA with GMAT scores less than 550, whereas they are otherwise qualified, meet the UMaine graduate requirements, and have demonstrated academic success in the Certificate program.

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Consistent with the Maine Business School’s high academic standards, students must earn no less than a B- in each course of the Graduate Business Certificate.

Courses listed below do not need to be taken in a specific order though a good start would be the BUA 400 in the summer and ECO 410 offered in the fall.

Core Courses (6 credits)

  • BUA 400: Introduction to Accounting (3 credits)
    An accelerated course that provides pre-MBA students with an introduction to managerial and financial accounting (offered summer)
  • ECO 410: Accelerated Introductory Economics (3 credits)
    An accelerated presentation of the fundamental elements of micro- and macroeconomic theory (offered fall)

Elective Courses (9 credits)

In addition to the two required courses listed above, students must take three 600-level BUA classes selected from the MBA required core.

  • BUA 601: Statistical Analysis and Modeling for Organizational Operations (3 credits)
    Familiarizes the student with statistical data analysis and management science techniques as they support decision-making throughout an organization. Prerequisite is any statistics course. (offered fall)
  • MBA 605: Creating & Capturing Value in the Digital Economy (3 credits)
    Represents an integration of concepts and principles from the Marketing and Management Information Science disciplines. Prerequisite:  BUA 270 Marketing or equivalent, or successful completion of the MBA Marketing Tutorial. (offered fall)
  • MBA 651: Financial Management (3 credits)
    An MBA course that provides a foundation in financial management. Prerequisite is financial and managerial accounting, which can be met by taking BUA 400 or two undergraduate courses in financial and managerial accounting; and a principles of finance course or the MBA program’s finance tutorial. (offered fall)
  • MBA 609: Financial Statement Analysis (3 credits)
    This course is designed to help students understand how to use and analyze financial statements for making valuation and business decisions. Prerequisite is financial and managerial accounting, which can be met by taking BUA 400 or two undergraduate courses in financial and managerial accounting. (offered spring)
  • MBA 626: Management of Contemporary Organizations (3 credits)
    Explores analytical perspectives to understand how individuals organize themselves in accomplishing organizational goals. Applies a managerial approach with a focus on real-life contemporary organizations. Prerequisite is a basic management course or the MBA program’s marketing tutorial. (offered spring)
  • MBA 620: Business Law (3 credits)
    Introduces managers to current U.S. laws and regulations that impact on the operations of business. This course has no prerequisites. (offered summer)

Alternative 600 level BUA/MBA courses may substitute with the permission of the MBA Director.


Students' Experience Earning Their Business Administration Certificate Online


Visit the department’s webpage for a full list of the amazing faculty teaching in this program.


Graduates of this certificate program can enter into several mid to senior level positions. Those interested in operating their own business will find this certificate helpful. Potential career and career tracks include:

  • Marketing Manager
  • Human resources
  • Financial Analyst
  • Business Consultant



  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college of university
  • 3.0 GPA

Application Materials

When you are ready to apply, please first review these application instructions. Then submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts. UMaine baccalaureate graduates are exempt from submitting official UMaine transcripts but must send official transcripts from all other college/universities attended.
  • International students must meet Graduate School TOEFL requirements.
  • No standardized test (GMAT) is required for the Certificate, although if the Certificate student later desires to apply for the MBA program the GMAT may be required.
  • Résumé with the names and contact information for two references
  • If not included in a résumé, the names and contact information for two references. This information should be sent directly to

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Have questions about earning your Graduate Certificate in Business Administration online with UMaine? Contact Dagmar Moravec, Director of Online Student Services, at 207.581.5858 or at

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