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Business Administration: MBA

Business Administration

The Utah State MBA prepares students to manage business in a variety of areas, setting them apart in their current career field or once they enter the workforce. Students from all backgrounds and undergraduate degrees can earn an MBA.

USU's Huntsman School of Business started offering degrees in 1894 and employs faculty with real-world experience. The hands-on curriculum delivered by world-renowned faculty gives students the education they need to land the career they want. The school has long held prestigious accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

The mission of the MBA program is to provide students with a relevant and rigorous background in business, increase student problem-solving and critical analysis skills, and develop the next generation of business leaders. Students are trained to lead, manage, and improve business performance. Students learn how to commercialize profitable ideas more efficiently, economically, and successfully. They possess the know-how to improve existing businesses and create new businesses, and are armed with cutting-edge intelligence and analytic tools to gain a deeper and clearer understanding of both domestic and global markets, customers, and competition.


  • Leadership: This specialization focuses on developing impactful, innovative, inclusive leaders who can negotiate strategic agreements and influence stakeholders.
  • Shingo Operational Excellence: This is a specialization where you will gain a deep understanding of the Shingo Model and the principles and behaviors necessary to make operational excellence sustainable.

Additional Information:

The MBA offers flexible delivery options.

Broadcast Statewide: Part Time - Thursday evenings

  • MBA in two years
  • 36 credits
  • Available across Utah and in Rexburg, Idaho
  • Broadcast Thursday evenings
  • 2 classes per semester, 7 weeks each

Face-to-Face: Part Time - Wednesday evenings

  • MBA in two years
  • 36 credits
  • Available at Thanksgiving Point
  • 2 classes per semester, 7 weeks each

Online: Part Time - When and Where You Want

  • MBA in one or two years
  • 36 credits
  • Available worldwide
  • 7-week courses completed on your schedule
  • 2 classes per semester

People with an MBA have the opportunity to enter many career areas in business, including:

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

Admission Requirements

Application Requirements:

The following information needs to be submitted to be considered for the program:

  • Submit online application at
  • Provide a statement of purpose: one-page essay of career goals and objectives
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended (except USU transcripts)
  • Submit three contacts for letters of recommendation
  • Provide a résumé
  • Pay $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • International students have additional admissions requirements.

All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Excel

For more details on the applications requirements, visit

Admission Deadlines

  • July 1: for fall admission to the Executive and Online MBA programs.
  • November 15: for spring admission to the Executive and Online MBA programs.
  • March 15: for summer admission to the Executive and Online MBA programs.

Program Requirements

The international Study Tour is optional for students and takes place during spring break every other year. The tour gives students the opportunity to travel to other countries to learn about business practices around the world.

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 on the graduate school website.

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

Entrepreneurship Club: The Entrepreneurship Club teaches skill sets for entrepreneurs to be successful. The club provides access to resources, teaches how to develop and refine business ideas, and assists in helping students build and launch a sustainable, successful company.

Finance and Economics Club: The Finance and Economics Club helps students accelerate their career by exposing them to exceptional speakers, providing experiences for hands-on learning, and developing lasting relationships with alumni to increase networking opportunities.

Women in Business Association (WIBA): WIBA 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.

Shingo Institute Student Chapter: A group of students who are passionate about principles of operational excellence, continuous improvement, and lean operations. They strive to learn these principles and understand how they apply to any situation, industry, or field. They are partnered with the world renowned Shingo Institute which is right here at Utah State University to bring members even more valuable tools, skills, and opportunities.

Huntsman Opportunities

Focused Fridays: Fridays at the Huntsman School are dedicated to accelerating careers, whether through workshops on resume writing and interview prep, or listening to professionals from different industries discuss career opportunities, or the chance to rub elbows with executives through our unique Leadership Forum series.

Global Learning Experiences: Global Learning Experiences can help you develop a global mindset and prepare for business that extends beyond borders.



Academic Advising

Kathy McConkie
MBA Associate Director
Office: EBB 315B
Phone: (435) 797-1773

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Trenton Bateman
Office: EBB 315E
Phone: (435) 797-2360

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