University of Southern Maine School of Business


Welcome to the University of Southern Maine School of Business!

We are committed to developing the leaders of tomorrow and offer top-rate academic programs in both our undergraduate and graduate programs. We are also committed to playing an active role in the development of the Maine economy. The USM School of Business is home to the Center for Entrepreneurship and Small Business, the Center for Business and Economic Research, the Maine Small Business Development Center, and the Center for Real Estate Education. We are heavily involved in Maine's Business community and take great pride in the active role that the business community plays in the School.

The School of Business at the University of Southern Maine is one of New England's best business schools and the only business school in southern Maine accredited by AACSB International. Professional accreditation by AACSB International is sought by business schools worldwide but has been achieved by only about one-third of all institutions. AACSB accreditation standards require:

  • a superior faculty that is committed to teaching, research and service
  • a rigorous and relevant curriculum that grounds students in the fundamentals but also gives them the flexibility to specialize in the areas that interest them most
  • strong student support services including a high-quality library, the latest technology, and knowledgeable advising.

Our commitment to quality is particularly evident in the partnerships that exist between professor and student. In our classrooms, students learn the fundamentals, the latest theories and the best practices of management. However, traditional classroom instruction is only part of the education process at the USM School of Business. What makes us special among business schools is the manner in which we extend the partnership theme to the practical application of learning, through internships, business leaders guest lecturing in our classrooms, and, perhaps most importantly, teams of students and faculty working with companies around the state to assist in approaching solutions to real world, often crucial, business issues. This combination of latest theory and practical application may explain why so many of the region's top executives are graduates of our program.

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Master of Science in Accounting

Campus Full time Part time 2 years January 2019 USA Portland + 1 more

The MSA program is suitable for individuals currently working in the profession, and for those desiring to start or return to a career in accounting. [+]

Master of Science in Accounting

The master of science in accounting (MSA) program at the University of Southern Maine is designed to prepare students to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing accounting profession. The MSA program is suitable for individuals currently working in the profession, and for those desiring to start or return to a career in accounting. The program is appropriate for students from a variety of educational backgrounds including liberal arts and engineering, as well as business and accounting.

The MSA program will provide students with a strong conceptual and applied understanding of accounting that integrates technical accounting knowledge with ethical professional judgment. Since accounting professionals need a broad understanding of business disciplines and how those disciplines interact with accounting, students with undergraduate degrees outside of business or accounting will be required to take a number of foundation courses. In addition, all students who do not have prior experience in the accounting profession are strongly encouraged to participate in an internship experience as part of their program. Opportunities exist for part-time and full-time internship experiences to provide flexibility in meeting student needs.... [-]