About the ֱ College of Business

The ֱ College of Business offers degrees to prepare you for a rewarding career of innovation. Be a part of our business school on the coast of Maine — gain the knowledge, skills, and ethical grounding to play a leadership role within a public or private company, nonprofit organization, or as an entrepreneur.

Maine’s Innovation Business School

Launch your business career at ֱ in a community of difference-makers who seek to do well by making a positive impact. ֱ’s College of Business, on the coast of Maine, produces graduates with the relevant skills and understanding needed to thrive in today’s evolving business world. We offer a range of programs from Business Administration and Marine Entrepreneurship to Accounting and Marketing degrees.

As a student in ֱ’s College of Business, you are engaged with experiential learning opportunities and prepared for rewarding, enriching careers and leadership positions with some of Maine’s and the nation’s largest employers, from private entities, nonprofit organizations, professional sports organizations, manufacturers, and more.

You also benefit from many internal and external opportunities afforded to you including internships, mentorship, and interdisciplinary fellowships offered through ֱ’s Office of Innovation and the P.D. Merrill Makerspace.

College of Business Majors

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Dean, College of Business

College of Business Dean Norm O’Reilly

ֱ is proud to announce Norm O’Reilly, Ph.D., a leading scholar in the business of sports, inaugural dean for the University’s recently established College of Business. O’Reilly joins ֱ with two decades of leadership experience in higher education, including his most recent role as dean of the Portland-based Graduate School of Business at the University of Maine (UMaine). 

In his time at UMaine, O’Reilly oversaw the establishment and growth of business programs for Maine’s public universities, notably the MaineMBA which now numbers more than 400 students. He enhanced interdisciplinary education opportunities by growing its MBA concentrations and increasing dual degrees with partnerships within many sectors, including law, engineering, and public policy. He also spearheaded multi-university fundraising initiatives and significant projects, including the highly successful MaineMBA Academy and the Maine Brand Study.

Where time-tested meets future-forward

P.D. Merrill Makerspace

Two students discuss a project in the Makerspace

The P.D. Merrill Makerspace is a fully equipped laboratory for creating and building, turning ideas into reality, and developing solutions to real-world problems.

Explore the Makerspace

Office of Innovation

Two students work on a project in the makerspace

In the Makerspace and across campus, the Office of Innovation team partners with students, faculty, and professional staff from virtually every unit at ֱ.

Discover the Office of Innovation

Brandon Narciso

Brandon Narciso ’21

Business Administration, Sport Leadership and Management

With the sport management degree, I get an automatic minor in Business Administration, so I am learning sports management and business at the same time. They work together really well. It’s everything that I want to do.

ֱ is really helping me on my path. Last semester, I took a sport marketing class, and we had a project where we had to create a new promotional concept for the Portland Seadogs baseball team, which is an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. I jumped right into the opportunity … I couldn’t imagine a better way to get my foot in the door than saying that I helped to create a promotional campaign for a minor league team. I came up with an idea that we pitched to the Seadogs marketing and sales director who had come down for our class presentations. He picked my project as one that he wanted to see progress further, so then, as a whole class, we worked on my idea and then pitched the final project to him again, and he loved it.

By that time, I had already applied to be an intern for the Seadogs, and my professor really encouraged me. [Eventually], I got a call saying that they would like me to be an intern for the upcoming season. I’m so thankful to my professors and to ֱ for allowing me to have these types of unique opportunities.

Welcoming Community

Originally, I thought I would go to a school in Massachusetts, but after visiting ֱ a few times, it just felt like home to me. The more I came here, the more I fell in love with it and realized that it checked off all the boxes for what I want for myself in the future. If you feel an instinct of comfort, then this is the place for you. It was definitely that way for me. I think it’s important to embrace that feeling and explore the opportunities that are here.

I made instant connections with people here at ֱ. Right away, I gelled a lot with the people around me. When I decided to come here, I committed fully to it, and I made some really great friendships. I’ve met people from California, Texas, Florida, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, and beyond. All over the country. It’s really cool to hear everyone’s different stories and learn about their diverse backgrounds.

With the sport management degree, I get an automatic minor in Business Administration, so I am learning sports management and business at the same time. They work together really well. It’s everything that I want to do.

Business Administration, Sport Leadership and Management

Business Student Success By The Numbers


of undergrads employed or in ongoing higher education within one year of graduating

2016-2022 ֱ graduate surveys

in Maine for getting a job

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A Business School on Maine’s Coast

As a student in one of our Maine-based Business degree programs, you study on ֱ’s scenic Biddeford Campus, where the waters of the Saco River flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Over the years, this location has inspired students and faculty from around the world. Recently named the youngest city in Maine, Biddeford and its twin city, Saco, boast an up-and-coming, hip downtown offering delicious eateries, exciting social and cultural events, and more. With the transformation of the old Biddeford/Saco mills into restaurants, breweries, housing, fitness facilities, salons, and retailers, there is something for everyone to explore in downtown. Looking to try a new type of food, grab a coffee, or shop for locally-made clothes? Biddeford/Saco has it all.