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Business Administration: MBA

Specialization(s): Strategic Business Development and Venturing; Business Analytics; Finance

Business Administration

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.

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

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)


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 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.

Admissions Deadlines

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.

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.

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

Master of Business Administration Association: Communication provides the foundation for the Huntsman MBA Association. We believe Communication - the human connection - is the key to personal and career success. The Huntsman MBA Association is committed to being the communication catalyst for our members by: Facilitating the interaction of MBAA members and other students Establishing connections and relationships with Huntsman faculty and staff Serving as the mechanism for connectivity with industry professionals.

Leaders for Continuous Improvement: The Huntsman LCI provides students with experience and skills needed to get career placement before or upon graduation.

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 Entrepreneurship Club teaches skills sets entrepreneurs need to be successful, provides access to resources, otherwise hard to find, teaches how to develop and refine business ideas (recognizing the difference between ideas and opportunities) and assists in building, and launching a sustainable successful company.

Women in Business Association: As a new organization on the Utah State University Campus, Women in Business Association 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.

Beta Gamma Sigma: BGS is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition an AACSB business student can receive.

Jeffrey D. Clark Center for Entrepreneurship: This Center prepares tomorrow’s leaders by providing both inside-the-classroom instruction and outside-the-classroom experiences in innovative business thinking, new venture competencies, and ethical leadership to strengthen local, national and global economies and societies. The curriculum and programs are designed to take students through the stages of new venture creation: opportunity assessment, business model development, planning, funding, marketing and growth. The Center helps students develop skills in both enterprise creation and social venturing, and emphasizes entrepreneurship as a leadership model for existing organizations. World-renowned faculty and successful entrepreneurs from a variety of industries teach in formal and informal settings.

Partners In Business: Partners In Business is a student-run, non-profit organization sponsored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. The program holds a series of professional business conferences featuring topics on operational excellence, accounting and leadership. Students are encouraged to attend and network with industry leaders, faculty and gain insight to improve business practices.

Small Enterprise Education and Development Program (SEED): SEED connects skilled and passionate students with the opportunity to empower individuals, families and communities through teaching enterprise creation and sustainability in developing regions of the world. SEED students make an impact in the world while having a transformative experience that distinguishes them from among their peers.


Kathy McConkie
Assistant Director and Advisor
Office: BUS 108
Phone: (435) 797-1773

Dawsey Robins
MBA Program Manager and Advisor
Office: EBB 315
Phone: (435) 797-2360

- MBA Program

- Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

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