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Business Administration, MBA

Specialization(s): Human Resource Management; Personal Financial Planning
Department: MBA Program
College: Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

Business Administration

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.

  • Human Resource Management: In this specialization, students are able to focus their education on receiving the necessary training for careers in human resources, such as recruitment, selection, compensation, training, and performance management systems.
  • Personal Financial Planning: Students study personal finance as well as retirement and estate planning. This specialization satisfies requirements to sit for the national Certified Financial Planner (CFP) examination.


  • MBA - Logan Campus , Regional Campuses (Logan, Salt Lake)

Distance Education

The MBA without a 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:

  • Accounting
  • Consulting
  • Commercial banking
  • Investment banking
  • Financial planning
  • Management
  • Money management
  • Insurance
  • 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.

Admissions Requirements

Students who don’t have a business undergraduate degree are required to take the following prerequisite classes:

  • ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History and Principles (Macroeconomics)
  • ECN 2010 - Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ACCT 2010 - Survey of Accounting I (Financial)
  • ACCT 2020 - Survey of Accounting II (Managerial)
  • MGT 2050 - Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (Business Law)
  • MGT 3110 - Managing Organizations and People (Organizational Behavior)
  • FIN 3400 - Corporate Finance
  • MGT 3500 - Fundamentals of Marketing
  • MGT 3700 - Operations Management
  • STAT 2300 - Business Statistics

These can be taken individually at any college or university; or through the Accelerated Business Core (ABC) in Logan each summer prior to the start of the MBA program in the fall.

The math prerequisite (STAT 2300, Business Statistics) is not offered during the ABC program and must be completed before starting the ABC program.

Application Requirements:

  • Fill out the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Score at or above the 50th percentile on the GRE or GMAT (Students is the part-time 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 resume

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Admissions Deadlines

Applications for the full-time Logan program are due by July 1 for fall admission.

For the professional part-time program the application due dates are:

July 15 - Salt Lake and Thanksgiving Point

November 15 - Logan and Rexburg

July 15, November 15 or March 15 - Ogden

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.

Financial Assistance

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.

Program Requirements

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 part-time students.


Kathy McConkie
Assistant Director and Advisor
Office: BUS 309 N
Phone: (435) 797-1773
Email: katherine.mcconkie@usu.edu


Ben Blau, PhD, University of Mississippi
Assistant Professor
Area: Short-scale constraints, market efficiency informed trading
Office: BUS 603
Phone: (435) 797-2340
Email: ben.blau@usu.edu

Tyler Brough, PhD, University of Arizona
Assistant Professor
Area: -
Office: BUS 605
Phone: (435) 797-2369
Email: tyler.brough@usu.edu

Chester Brough, JD, Brigham Young University
Area: Employment law, tax law, mediation law/arbitration law
Office: BUS 416
Phone: (435) 797-1658
Email: chester.brough@usu.edu

Kathy Chudoba, PhD, University of Arizona
Associate Professor
Area: Distributed environments, global virtual teams, integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) into work practices
Office: BUS 703
Phone: (435) 797-2344
Email: kathy.chudoba@usu.edu

Alison Cook, PhD, Purdue University
Associate Professor
Area: Organizational behavior, human resource management
Office: BUS 404
Phone: (435) 797-7654
Email: alison.cook@usu.edu

Christopher Fawson, PhD, Texas A&M University
Senior Associate Dean
Area: Senior Associate Dean
Office: BUS 309
Phone: (435) 797-2320
Email: chris.fawson@usu.edu

Dwight Israelsen, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Director of International Academic Initiatives
Area: Comparative systems, economic history
Office: BUS 608
Phone: (435) 797-2298
Email: dwight.israelsen@usu.edu

Vijay Kannan, PhD, Michigan State University
Director of International Programs
Area: Supply chain, quality management, cellular manufacturing
Office: BUS 412
Phone: (435) 797-7212
Email: v.kannan@usu.edu

Robert Malko, PhD, Purdue University
Area: Corporate and energy utility finance
Office: BUS 606
Phone: (435) 797-2363
Email: jrmalko@comcast.net

Glen McEvoy, PhD, University of Colorado - Boulder
Area: Management
Office: BUS 807
Phone: (435) 797-2375
Email: glenn.mcevoy@usu.edu

David Olsen, PhD, University of Arizona
Area: Business information systems
Office: BUS 710
Phone: (435) 797-2349
Email: david.olsen@usu.edu

Chris Skousen, PhD, Oklahoma State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Accounting
Office: BUS 504
Phone: (435) 797-2429
Email: chris.skousen@usu.edu

Clifford Skousen, PhD, Golden Gate University
Interim Department Head of Management
Area: International, managerial, and financial accounting
Office: BUS 508
Phone: (435) 797-2331
Email: cliff.skousen@usu.edu

Alan Stephens, PhD, University of Utah
Associate Professor
Area: Corporate finance, systems thinking, investments
Office: BUS 806
Phone: (435) 797-2367
Email: alan.stephens@usu.edu

David Stephens, PhD, University of Texas - Austin
Area: Management
Office: BUS 406
Phone: (435) 797-2273
Email: david.stephens@usu.edu

Alan Warnick, MA, Brigham Young University
Associate Department Head, Principal Lecturer
Area: Management
Office: BUS 407
Phone: (435) 797-2301
Email: alan.warnick@usu.edu

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.

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