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Business Administration

Preparing You for the Global Marketplace

UMA Business Administration Graduate

Degrees Offered:  Bachelor of Science and Associate of Science

As a student in our Bachelor’s Program, you’ll be prepared to assume a managerial position upon graduation. The program will provide you with a broad knowledge of modern business and management theories, through a carefully structured core curriculum consisting of courses in finance, accounting, economics, strategic management, legal and social issues, management, operations research, marketing, and computer information systems. In addition, you’ll acquire a broad cultural background by taking courses in the arts, English, humanities, and social and natural sciences.

As a candidate for the Associate Degree, you will acquire a broad knowledge of modern business and management theories and practices through a carefully structured curriculum enhanced by courses in the liberal arts.

As a Business Administration Major, you will also get to choose a major in either management or accounting; students in the management major may also elect a concentration in Public Administration, Computer Information Systems, Financial Services, or Small Business.


Available on the Augusta and Bangor campuses, online and at sites statewide.

Bachelor Majors: Accounting, Management

Accounting Concentrations: Financial Accounting, Governmental Accounting, and Management Accounting

Management Concentrations: Computer Information Systems, Financial Services, Management, Public Administration, and Small Business

Associate Concentrations: Accounting, Financial Services, Management, Management Information Systems, and Small Business

Skills You’ll Acquire

Students in UMA’s Business programs develop a wide array of marketable skills including self-confidence, cultural awareness, written and oral communication expertise, critical thinking, technical accounting, and analytical and managerial abilities. In addition, a working knowledge of computers, spreadsheets, small business practices and accounting principles have contributed to the success of Business Program graduates in such fields as marketing, management, tax accounting, and auditing. Below are just some of the skills you’ll develop in our program.

Communication:

Public speaking
Supervising others
Hiring and training others
Persuading others
Writing reports
Explaining information to others

Technical:

Using spreadsheets
Managing information systems
Understanding legal concepts
Preparing financial statements
Computing tax information

Quantitative:

Applying statistical procedures
Developing budgets
Interpreting numerical data
Projecting/forecasting results
Utilizing accounting systems

Analysis:

Evaluating policies
Determining cost/benefit ratios
Making investments
Evaluating and interpreting data
Organizational planning
Understanding market dynamics

Careers You Can Seek

Business students are prepared to succeed in a wide range of positions. The following list of occupations offers a glimpse of opportunities pursued by our Business majors.

Financial Services:

Bank Loan Officer
Comptroller*
Tax Preparer
Financial Planner
Commodities Trader
Certified Public Accountant

Public Sector:

City Clerk
Internal Revenue Service Agent
City Accounting Assistant
Medicare Office Manager
Hospital Administrator*
Financial Aid Adviser

Business/Industry:

Retail Buyer
Auto Dealership Sales Manager
Cost Accountant
Franchise Sales Director
Accounts Payable Office Manager
Insurance Agent Benefits Specialist
Real Estate Sales/Broker
Executive Secretary
Marketing Research Assistant
Credit Manager
Telemarketing Sales Director
Human Resources Manager

* Graduate level study is generally required for these occupations.

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration should have:

  • A well-rounded understanding of the major functional areas of business including:
    • The ability to prepare, read, analyze and communicate financial information
    • The ability to use financial information in managerial decisions
    • An understanding of the duties of a manager: planning, organizing, directing, and controlling
    • The ability to use the marketing mix to successfully perform in the environment of marketing
    • An understanding of the fundamental legal concepts and their application to the business community
    • A basic knowledge of the use of information technology in managing organizations
    • The ability to apply modern scientific and mathematical methods to management problems
    • The ability to coordinate the knowledge learning in program core courses in the formulation and administration of sound business policy using case analysis and discussion
  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to utilize current technology
  • Strong analytic and critical thinking skills
  • And the ability to:
    • Understand ethical decision models
    • Conduct both quantitative and qualitative analysis of business problems
    • Form opinions based on analysis
    • Support conclusions with evidence

Students who graduate with an Associate of Science in Business Administration will have developed the ability to assume responsibility for an entry or mid-level managerial position in an organization.

This program provides students with a broad knowledge of modern business and management theories through a carefully structured core curriculum consisting of courses in accounting, economics, management, and computer information systems. Students have the flexibility to elect a concentration in management, accounting, financial services, management information systems, or small business. While the program emphasizes business, it also provides a solid foundation in English and communications, fine arts, humanities, and natural and social science. At the time of graduation, the students should have:

  • a well-rounded understanding of the major functional areas of business including:
    • the ability to prepare, read, analyze and communicate financial information
    • the ability to use financial information in managerial decisions
    • an understanding of the duties of a manager: planning, organizing, directing, and controlling
    • the ability to use the marketing mix to successfully perform in the environment of marketing
    • an understanding of the fundamental legal concepts and their application to the business community
    • the ability to integrate course work into the writing of a business plan
  • well-developed written and oral communication skills
  • the ability to utilize current technology
  • strong analytical and critical thinking skills

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