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Business Administration, MBA
About This Degree
The MBA is a broadening degree that prepares students for managing business in a variety of areas. Students from all backgrounds and with various undergraduate degrees can earn an MBA.
The oldest business school west of the Mississippi, USU’s Huntsman School of Business has been offering degrees since 1894 and has long held prestigious accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International and continues to be on the forefront of advanced business education.
The MBA program focuses on the concept of operational excellence, which is a philosophy of leadership, teamwork, and problem solving resulting in continuous improvement throughout an organization by focusing on the needs of the customer, empowering employees, and optimizing existing activities in the process. The School of Business also administers the prestigious Shingo Prize, an international award established in 1988. It is the only award program in the world focused on operational excellence.
A specialization is not required.
- Strategic Business Development and Venturing: This specialization focuses on strategy and venturing skills which are tremendous assets to companies that want managers capable of identifying and leading growth strategies.
- Business Analytics: The competencies learned in the Business Analytics specialization focus on business intelligence, information systems strategy, and database design and mining.
- Finance: The Finance specialization focuses on broader financial skills and competencies and positions MBA students more strongly for the market.
- MBA - Logan Campus , Regional Campuses (Logan, Salt Lake)
The Professional MBA with an entrepreneurial focus (no specialization) is available through USU’s Regional Campuses and Distance Education program.
People with an MBA have the opportunity to enter many career areas in business, including:
- Commercial banking
- Investment banking
- Financial planning
- Money management
- Real estate
Many other possibilities are open to people with an MBA depending on the student’s undergraduate degree. Graduates will gain the business skills and knowledge to succeed in a wide variety of fields and with companies and organizations across the spectrum.
The following prerequisites are required for the MBA program:
- ACCT 2010 – Survey of Accounting I (Financial Accounting)
- FIN 3400 – Corporate Finance
- MGT 3500 – Fundamentals of Marketing
- STAT 2300 – Business Statistics or Equivalent 2000 Level Stats Class (for Professional MBA program)
- Fill out the online application
- Pay the $55 application fee
- Score at or above the 50th percentile on the GRE or GMAT (students in the Professional MBA program must score at or above the 40th percentile)
- Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
- Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
- Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
- Provide a résumé
- Interview (for full-time MBA program only)
International students have additional admissions requirements.
June 1st: for admission to the full-time on campus MBA program
July 15th: for fall admission to the Professional Weekend Broadcast, Professional Evening Broadcast, and Thanksgiving Point Face-to-Face.
November 15th: for spring admission to the Professional Weekend Broadcast and Professional Evening Broadcast.
March 15th: for summer admission to the Professional Weekend Broadcast and Professional Evening Broadcast.
Master's Degree Plan Option(s)
Students receiving the MBA must complete this plan option:
- The Plan C option does not involve a thesis or a defense meeting and is comprised of coursework only.
A variety of funding opportunities are available, including fellowships, scholarships, assistantships, tuition awards, and travel support. Additionally, students may be eligible for subsidized health insurance through qualifying assistantships.
Click here to see course requirements for the Master of Business Administration.
All full-time MBA students must participate in the International Study Tour that takes place during spring break. The tour gives students the opportunity to travel to other countries to learn about business practices around the world. The International Study Tour is optional for professional students.
MBA Program Coordinator and Advisor
Office: BUS 108
Phone: (435) 797-2360
Assistant Director and Advisor
Office: BUS 108
Phone: (435) 797-1773
Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs
Master of Business Administration Association: This provides students with an opportunity to enhance their professional and academic skills while building their resumes. Members take advantage of networking opportunities with faculty, alumni, and employers. The MBAA also works to increase awareness of the USU MBA program and assists the Huntsman School of Business in developing an effective curriculum for the MBA program.
Lean Leaders: This club meets every other week to learn about lean business practices, operational excellence, and other business philosophies espoused by the Shingo Prize.
Finance and Economics Club:The mission of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business Finance and Economics Club is to be a career accelerator for students by exposing them to exceptional speakers, providing experiences for hands-on learning, and developing lasting relationships with alumni to increase networking opportunities
Entrepreneurship Club:The club helps students learn how to develop and refine business ideas, recognize opportunities, launch, and sustain successful companies. To do this the club is divided into teams that specialize in a particular area of entrepreneurship and business development.
Women in Business: As a new organization on the Utah State University Campus, we represent women making a difference in business. This club is focused toward making essential networking contacts, recruiting and mentoring future women in business, and learning vital skills for the business world.
Labs, Centers, Research
Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence: This center aids students in the creation of new organizations that promote independence and self-sufficiency and make significant contributions to the communities in which they operate. Some of the resources offered include a lecture series, tools for assessing business opportunities, branding services, web design, programming, student competitions, mentoring programs, marketing tools, workshops on critical topics, corporate partners, and funding sources for new ventures.
Partners in Business: Partners in Business professional business seminars feature speakers from the cream of the business and academic worlds. Seminars cover current and compelling business issues and provide in-depth training and continuing education for business professionals. Top-notch business students from USU are actively involved in coordinating seminars and running various aspects of the Partners program.
Small Enterprise Education and Development Program: SEED gives USU students an opportunity to work with people in developing economies. Students teach workshops about business principles, including tracking sales, and how to identify costs, manage cash, and develop a business plan. At the conclusion of the training, participants may be awarded funding by an external company. USU students continue to work with the funded businesses, helping them grow.