FORT KENT, Maine — University of Maine at Fort Kent business majors can now get a head start and save some money if they decide to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree at Husson University.

Thanks to an agreement signed between the two universities on Monday, UMFK students can apply credits from two senior-level business courses toward a Husson master’s degree in business administration.

Because the two campuses are both accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, the transfer into the Husson program will be seamless for the UMFK graduates, according to Roger Roy, chair of UMFK’s professional management division, which graduates around 25 business students every year.

“Our students will get six credits toward an MBA,” Roy said at the signing. “That represents a savings to them of $2,500 in graduate school tuition at Husson.”

The total cost of an MBA at Husson is $12,500, according to Marie Hansen, dean of Husson’s college of business.

“This provides UMFK business majors with the opportunity to complete master’s level work in some of their upper level business courses,” Hansen said. “By recognizing this work, Husson University is helping to make an MBA degree more accessible.”

The agreement also will allow those business students at UMFK the option of staying in Aroostook County, according to Jennifer Flynn, site director of Husson’s northern Maine center at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle, where 35 students are currently enrolled in the MBA program.

“It’s important to keep people in Aroostook County,” Flynn said. “A lot of times when you send people away to school, the don’t come back.”

Students may participate in the Husson MBA program on the NMCC campus or through courses offered online, Roy said, an option not currently available through the graduate business programs elsewhere in the University of Maine System.

The UMaine graduate courses also are accredited by a different body, Roy said, meaning UMFK students could face additional placement testing or course work to enter into the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-accredited programs.

“This agreement will provide the opportunity for our business students to move from undergraduate to graduate education in an efficient and more affordable manner,” said Scott Voisine, dean of community education at UMFK. “It’s a win-win.”

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Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly is a reporter at the Bangor Daily News with a regular bi-weekly column. Julia has been a freelance travel writer/photographer since 2000.