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2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration (Certificate)

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The graduate business certificate program provides students with advanced level business skill sets rooted in the basic business disciplines (economics, accounting, finance, marketing, information systems, and management). Upon completion, students will be prepared to work effectively in a business environment with high-level core business knowledge.

The certificate consists of 5 courses and is ideal for those working full-time, exploring a second career in business, military personnel, out-of-state or international students, or individuals planning on applying for the MBA Program in the future. To learn more about this program, please contact the Maine Business School at 207-581-1973 or To apply, please complete the Graduate School online admission application indicating Business Certificate (check “Graduate Certificate Program” in Business).


The Certificate Program (15 credits hours):


  • BUA 400: Introduction to Accounting. An accelerated course that provides pre-MBA students with an introduction to managerial and financial accounting. Includes concepts of cost, cost systems and budgeting as well as ways of organizing, presenting and understanding financial information. 3 Credit Hours.
  • ECO 410: Accelerated Introductory Economics. An accelerated presentation of the fundamental elements of micro- and macroeconomic theory. Microeconomic topics include consumer and firm behavior, structure and functioning of purely competitive markets, and alternative market structures. Macroeconomic topics include financial system structure, measurement of aggregate economic activity and determinants of economic growth, economic fluctuations, and stabilization policies. 3 Credit Hours.
  • BUA 605: Creating & Capturing Value in the Digital Economy. Represents an integration of concepts and principles from the Marketing and Management Information Science disciplines. The Internet is offering radical new ways of conducting business. This course presents students with concepts and information-based strategies for capturing and creating value in the new information-based economy by assimilating sound marketing strategies with information systems to create innovative processes and marketing practices. Prerequisite: BUA 370 Marketing or equivalent, or successful completion of the MBA Marketing Tutorial (80%/B-). 3 Credit Hours.
  • BUA 651: Financial Management. Provides a foundation in financial management by integrating topics such as measurement of risk, portfolio theory, interest rate determination, valuation, capital budgeting and cost of capital. Instructional methodology may include case studies, portfolio simulation, journal articles, presentations and spreadsheet construction, in addition to lectures. Prerequisites: BUA 350 Business Finance or equivalent, or successful completion of the MBA Finance Tutorial (80%/B-). 3 Credit Hours.
  • A BUA course at the 500 or 600 level, approved by the MBA Program Director. 3 Credit Hours.

Notes: BUA 400 is typically offered in the spring semester (on campus) or summer (online). ECO 410 is routinely offered in the fall semester (online) as are BUA 605 and 651.


Business Certificate Admission Requirements:

In general, students will be admitted into the certificate program based on the following criteria:
An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a recommended minimum GPA
of 3.0.

  1. Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  2. Three letters of recommendation.
  3. International students must meet Graduate School English Language Proficiency requirements.

If a student later desires to apply for the MBA program, GMAT scores will be required.

For more information please visit the Maine Business School website


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