About the UNE College of Business

The UNE 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 UNE in a community of difference-makers who seek to do well by making a positive impact. UNE’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 UNE’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 UNE’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

UNE 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 UNE 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

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

Discover the Office of Innovation

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Luke Colomey ’22

Business Administration, English, Political Science

Why UNE

I visited a lot of schools trying to find the right fit for me. All of the different things that I wanted in a college came together at UNE. I love the scenery here. The location of the school is awesome since we’re right on the water. Being able to look at that view every day is always comforting. The size of UNE was exactly what I was looking for, and I like that it’s nearby to some urban areas like Portland but still feels far away.

My favorite thing is the community. The faculty and the students here are so close. I really love it. Everyone is really friendly and willing to help out and collaborate. Through my experiences with classes, clubs, intramural sports…it’s all been so open and welcoming. There is a really good air on campus all the time.

Beyond the Classroom

I was looking for a way to get some of my own writing published, so I reached out to some of the English faculty. They told me that there was a need for officers for Zephyr (UNE’s literary and artistic magazine) because the officers were going to be graduating, so I took on the position of editor-in-chief. I worked with a team to really make Zephyr our own. We added a lot of things to the edition this year. We were able to get some extra funds to change things like the size of the magazine, the font, adding borders, and even adding color this year. In 21 years of Zephyr, this was the first edition with color.

Interprofessional Education

One thing that’s really stood out to me at UNE is my ability to work with different academic fields. They all overlap and enhance my experience. I find that the small programs communicate with one another for the full arts and humanities experience. One big highlight of my time at UNE is that I did the Arts and Humanities Capstone for my English minor. It was a capstone project where I had to do a big research paper. I took a lot of political science sources, references, and questions and mixed them with English, literature, philosophy, and history sources. It was a really cool thing to do to be able to mix a lot of my different interests and the different fields that I work in. I had professors from both disciplines help. It was a really cool, collaborative project.

Everyone is really friendly and willing to help out and collaborate. There is a really good air on campus all the time.

Business Administration, English, Political Science

Business Student Success By The Numbers

95%

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

2016-2022 UNE graduate surveys
#1

in Maine for getting a job

Zippia 2023

A Business School on Maine’s Coast

As a student in one of our Maine-based Business degree programs, you study on UNE’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.