Overview

Applicants
57
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.32
Years Work Experience
5.1
Average Age
30

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
500 - 610
GPA
3.09 - 3.69

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
January 15

Regular Application Deadline
August 1

Rolling Admission Deadline
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
25

100
Full-time
24
Female


Students Say

University of Southern Maine's MBA program distinguishes itself through strong academics, "relatively low cost," and a decidedly local focus. This "internationally accredited" program is the best choice for Portland-area professionals, offering "convenient class times" and an easily accessible location on the school's main campus. Busy students appreciate that "most professors offer very organized courses with defined expectations and outcomes." Despite efficiency, USM is "not an online school or a 'three-week' MBA, but is a traditional business school with the rigors that come with it." The school augments the part-time program with a special 3-2 degree, through which business undergraduates can earn an MBA with just one additional year of full-time study.

With a strong background in the real world, "faculty is very professional, and topics covered are generally relevant and current." Students explain that "certain professors are more cutting edge and prepare you better for an innovative and sustainable professional culture than others, but the majority stay current and keep you up to date." Maine business plays a central role in the curriculum, and "the professors also do an excellent job using case studies from local companies." On that note, "USM has a lot of connections to the business community and works with them often, which helps create experience and visibility." While the program offers concentrations in accounting, finance, sustainability, or health management and policy, students would "absolutely love the school to offer targeted MBA courses (or someday concentrations) specific to some of Maine's fastest growing industries, such as biotechnology, medical devices, IT, etc." Students also note that "more interpersonal or organizational development classes could be offered as electives," along with a greater focus on entrepreneurship.

Drawing from the local business community, "the majority of USM MBA students study part time and are involved in diverse industry sectors, from food to music to finance to health care and to biotechnology." The varied experience among the student body "keeps business projects and case studies interesting, with diverse opinions and ideas to bring back to my own career." When it comes to staff and administrators, "some will do anything for students, while others will ignore their needs." In addition, students have noticed "political strife among the faculty and administration at the school." At the same time, "it's very easy to get into both required and popular classes" at University of Southern Maine, which distinguishes it from many other part-time business schools, and students are quick to point out that "the good side outweighs the bad by a large margin."

Specialities of faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL






General Management

Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
MBA 657 Triple Bottom-Line Marketing How can marketers manage for the triple bottom line of financial,environmental, and social performance? This asynchronous, online course begins with an exploration of sustainable business (i.e., the pursuit of profits without causing pollution or social inequity). The course ends by examining green consumer behavior and the nterrelationship between environmental issues and marketing strategy. Prerequisites: introductory marketing class (MBA 507, BUS 260, or MBA 660). Students will benefit if they have prior knowledge of economics (MBA 501), cost accounting (ACC 210), and production (BUS 375 or MBA 675). Cr 3.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

Career overview


Graduates Employed by Region


Students Say

Many of University of Southern Maine's graduate students are already working in the region, with plans to remain at their current companies after graduation. For those who'd like to make a career change, the School of Business Career Services and Internships Office operates an online job development website where current undergraduate and graduate students can search for open positions, take career assessments, and research companies and industries. The office offers resume and cover letter critiques, salary negotiation assistance, and individual career counseling. It also organizes a series of employer sessions, where students can meet with representatives from local companies. In addition to the services offered through the business school, there is a University-wide career fair every spring, which includes opportunities for MBA graduates.

Within the business school, the administration is eager to present new professional opportunities to its students. In addition to online resources, "several times a week we get emails for job and intern openings." In fact, a current student shares, "I get more emails about job openings than anything else from USM. While I am employed, it's nice to see what other opportunities are available in the local market."

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15

Financial Aid Statistics


Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$6,840
Tuition (Out-State)
$18,468
Fees (In-State)
$2,070
Fees (Out-State)
$2,070

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$380
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,026
Fees (In-State)
$115
Fees (Out-State)
$115

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$11,230
Academic Expenses
$1,500

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
135
Part Time
79%

In State
99.9%
Out of State
0.1%
Foreign Countries Represented
18

Demographics


29% female
71% male

Campus Life

Students Say

On this Portland campus, students join the MBA program from a mix of industries, and encompass a "nice mix of ages, from twenty-two to fifty." In the part-time program, "most MBA students live off campus, work full time, and take classes part time," which means they are rarely able to participate in extracurricular or social activities. "There really isn't that much to do as far as clubs and student organizations are concerned," and, unfortunately, "due to budget issues, the childcare and spouse programs had to be cut last year." However, unlike many part-time programs, "commuter MBA students do have opportunities to join clubs, workshops, and more" at USM. A current student assures us "not many people stay on campus, but those who do have a great time" with their classmates. No matter what their involvement in campus life, "UMS MBA students are incredible friends, mentors, advisors, and team members."

Life at USM has recently made a big step up, as "new buildings were just added" to the business school campus, which "offer study areas and kitchen areas." On the greater campus, "the gym is excellent," and the range of "art and cultural events here are phe- nomenal." Off campus, "the city of Portland offers an amazing quality of life with afford- able housing in the rural suburbs and a great, but safe, night life." With many wonderful restaurants and cafes near campus, "there is always a place to relax with your professors after class or meet with your teammates."

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Alice B. Cash
Director for Student Affairs

Address
96 Falmouth Street
P O Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104
Abu Dhabi

Phone
207-780-4184

Fax
207-780-4662

Email
mba@usm.maine.edu


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