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  Jan 18, 2018
2017-2018 Academic Year 
2017-2018 Academic Year

Business Administration - MBA

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Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

Faculty Chair and Director: Chad O. Albrecht, PhD
Location: EBB 416
Phone: (435) 232-7145

Director of Operations: Katherine A. McConkie, MS
Location: EBB 315
Phone: (435) 797-1773

Associate Director for Professional Programs: Brad Winn, PhD
Location: Granite School District 504, Salt Lake City, UT
Phone: (435) 851-2002

Program Manager: Dawsey F. Robins
Location: EBB 315
Phone: (435) 797-2360

Coordinator of Programs: Dani J. Wills
Location: EBB 315
Phone: (435) 797-4470

Office Fax: (435) 797-7853

Degree Offered: Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Graduate Specialization: Business Analytics and Value Creation

Graduate Program


The MBA program is an interdepartmental program, administered by the Huntsman School of Business, which is designed to train students to lead, manage, and improve business performance. Huntsman MBA students know how to commercialize profitable ideas quickly, cheaply, 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, competition, and customers. The MBA program is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The central mission of the MBA program is to:

1. 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.

2. Provide focused education and experiences in specific areas of business (business analytics, finance, or strategic business development and venturing) to improve student employability.

Full-time, on-campus MBA students participate in a global learning experience, providing them with a transformative experience within the framework of leadership and enterprise development.  During the global learning experience, students critically analyze and compare enterprises in a variety of global communities at various stages of implementation. This experience broadens and challenges each student's world view, while helping to explore leadership and entrepreneurial spirit in new, interesting, and exciting ways.  Participants in the MBA experience will be empowered to reach a high level of confidence in application of analytical tools and sophistication in managing complex organizational dynamics. The MBA program creates leaders who possess a principle-based philosophy of entrepreneurial excellence who can add value to an organization from the first day on the job. 

Admission Requirements

For admission consideration to the MBA program, applicants submit an application form and fee, all undergraduate transcripts, Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, and three letters of recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies. TOEFL scores are required for international students whose native language is not English.  International students with a prior degree from a university in an English-speaking country are exempt from the TOEFL exam. Full-time business experience is also preferred, but not required.   No application will be considered until all required information is received by the School of Graduate Studies.

Application Deadline for Logan Campus Fall Semester

The full-time MBA program on USU's main campus is a cohort program which starts every fall semester.  Rolling admission to the on-campus program will begin on December 1 of each year for early applicants who have outstanding credentials in the areas of undergraduate GPA, GMAT/GRE scores, and letters of recommendation.  Applications will be accepted until all seats are filled, with preference given to early, qualified applicants.  Reviews for admissions will be conducted December through June, with a deadline of 1 June (International student deadline is 1 May).

Professional MBA Programs

Part-time weekend and evening professional programs are offered in Ephraim, Logan, Ogden, Price, Roosevelt, Salt Lake City, St. George, Thanksgiving Point, Tooele, and Vernal, Utah as well as Rexburg, Idaho.  Admission information and deadlines about the part-time MBA programs can be found on the MBA website at  

Degree Requirements

Students are held responsible for meeting requirements as outlined below. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of all requirements and initiate the resolution of apparent inconsistencies.

Business Prerequisites

Students must have coursework which includes learning experiences in foundational management-specific areas necessary for MBA courses and recommended by the AACSB for direct entry into the advanced program. The following courses satisfy these requirements: ACCT 2010 - Financial Accounting Principles FIN 3400 - Corporate Finance (QI) MGT 3500 - Fundamentals of Marketing . Students must meet with the advisor of the MBA program to determine if previously completed coursework meets these specifications.

On Campus MBA Program Courses (35 credits)

The on-campus MBA program courses consist of 35 credits, which all students must complete. Students in the on-campus program will choose one of the specializations.

All students must complete the following courses: MGT 6000 - Business Fundamentals  (3 credits); MGT 6870 - Global Strategic Thinking  (1 credit); ACCT 6350 - Accounting for Management Decision Making  (3 credits); MGT 6500 - Managing Individuals and Groups  (3 credits); MGT 6720 - Strategic Supply Chain Management  (2 credits); MGT 6520 - Enterprise Branding and Marketing  (3 credits); MGT 6200 - Negotiation for Executives  (2 credits); FIN 6420 - Solving Financial Problems  (3 credits); MGT 6890 - Advanced Strategy  (3 credits); and MGT 6891 - System Thinking and Advanced Tactics  (3 credits).

Specialization in Business Analytics (9 credits)

The competencies learned in the Business Analytics specialization focus upon business intelligence, information systems strategy, and database design and mining. This specialization consists of MIS 6230 , MIS 6860 , and MGT 6890 .

Specialization in Value Creation (9 credits)

The specialization in Strategic Business Development and Venturing focuses on strategy and venturing skills which are tremendous assets to companies that want managers capable of identifying and leading growth strategies. This specialization consists of MGT 6410 , MGT 6430 , and MGT 6890 .

Professional MBA Programs

The Huntsman MBA program is also offered for working professionals at several convenient locations throughout the state of Utah and southern Idaho. Courses are taught in weekend and evening courses in face-to-face and broadcast formats. Locations are: Weekend Broadcast in Logan, Moab, Salt Lake City, and Rexburg; Evening Broadcast in Brigham City, Kaysville, Price, Roosevelt, Tooele, and Vernal; Weekend Face-to-Face at Thanksgiving Point.

Financial Assistance

Graduate assistantships, scholarships, and fellowships are available to outstanding on-campus students and are awarded on a competitive basis. Students who apply by February 1 will be considered for financial awards, which generally range between $1,600 and $5,000 for eight months.

MBA Association (MBAA)

The MBA Association (MBAA) provides USU students with an opportunity to enhance their professional and academic skills while building their resumes. Club members focus on career attainment and benefit from a forum for networking with faculty, alumni, and employers. The MBAA also works to increase awareness of the USU MBA program.

Master of Business Administration Faculty

James H. Davis, strategy, leadership, corporate governance
Vijay R. Kannan, operations management, global strategic thinking
David Olsen, business information systems

Associate Professors
Chad Albrecht, international business, organizational fraud and corruption, entrepreneurship 
Sterling Bone, strategic selling, account management, business development
Kelly Fadel, management information systems
Alan A. Stephens, financial problems, financial decision making
Zsolt Ugray, information systems for business
Nathan Washburn, executive economic and stakeholder values, corporate social responsibility

Assistant Professors
Christopher Hartwell, employee selection, performance management, leadership
Rachel Martin, compensation and performance evaluation incentives
Jason Smith, corporate finance, financial markets

Executive-in-Residence/Principal Lecturers
Michael Glauser, enterprise development
Eric Schulz, marketing strategy
Brad Winn, organizational leadership and strategy

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