Apr 22, 2019  
2018-2019 General Catalog 
2018-2019 General Catalog

Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

Dean: Douglas D. Anderson
Location: Huntsman Hall 488
Phone: (435) 797-0887
FAX: (435) 797-3929
E-mail: douglas.anderson@usu.edu
WWW: huntsman.usu.edu/

Senior Associate Dean and EY Professor:

Larry Walther, HH 483, (435) 797-8697, larry.walther@usu.edu

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor:

Merideth Thompson, HH 484, (435) 797-3984, merideth.thompson@usu.edu

Associate Dean and Huntsman Scholar Program Executive Director:

Dave Patel, HH486, (435) 797-7878, dave.patel@usu.edu

Director of FJ Management Center for Student Success:

Ruth Loveland, EBB 309, (435) 797-2272, ruth.loveland@usu.edu

Master's Programs Contact:

Academic Departments

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business includes the academic departments listed below. Information about degrees and curriculum options are listed in the departmental sections of this catalog.

Economics and Finance
Management Information Systems

Marketing and Strategy
School of Accountancy

Undergraduate Programs

The Huntsman School of Business offers the following programs in addition to those offered by academic departments. Detailed descriptions of these programs are provided in this section of this catalog.

Dual Major and Second Bachelor's in Business
Minor in Business

Student Experiences/Opportunities/Clubs

The following experiences/opportunities/clubs are not necessarily associated with a specific department in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. Participation is open to all Huntsman School of Business students. For further information, see: huntsman.usu.edu/clubs

Buehler Leadership Scholars
Career Exploration Trips
The Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence
Global Learning Experiences
Huntsman Scholar Program
Koch Scholars
Partners In Business
Shingo Institute
Small Enterprise Education and Development (SEED)

Graduate Degree Programs

The following is a list of the graduate degree programs offered by the Huntsman School. Detailed descriptions of these programs are provided within other catalog sections (see below).

Master of Accounting (MAcc)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Science in Financial Economics (MSFE)
Master of Science in Economics (MSE)
Master of Human Resources (MHR)
Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MSMIS)

Nondegree and Other Programs

A wide variety of seminars and development programs are sponsored by units and academic departments within the Huntsman School of Business. For example, Business Relations operates the Partners In Business program and the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence. Partners In Business provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, strategies and innovative business practices through low-cost, high-quality management education seminars for working professionals. The program is managed by a staff of dedicated business students under the supervision of the program director. Annual seminars include Operational Excellence, Accounting, Information Technology and Principle-Centered Leadership. The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence is an award given to organizations in recognition of world-class business performance achieved through focused improvements in lean business processes. The Shingo Prize is also awarded for research and writing that expands the knowledge and understanding of lean business processes.

The Huntsman School sponsors the Management Institute as a link between the talents of the faculty and the training needs of leaders in business, industry, and government. The Management Institute focuses on delivering high-quality, custom-designed training and development programs in outdoor experiential learning, indoor experiential learning, and data-based consulting.


Huntsman School of Business programs in business and accounting are accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB is the premier accrediting association for business and accounting programs.


The mission of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is to become recognized globally as top-tier within our chosen strategic focus.


As strategic decisions are made in the the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, the faculty and staff aspire to see their investments pay off in the lives of students. Upon graduation, students should be prepared to add immediate value to the organizations where they will work, as well as to assume increasing leadership roles in the organizations and communities where they choose to serve. Graduates of the Huntsman School of Business will be identified by the following: (1) a strong commitment to ethical leadership, (2) a sense of purpose and place engendered by their global vision, (3) an ability to create and leverage value through their understanding of entrepreneurial processes, and (4) a mastery of applied and conceptual analytical frameworks.


The purpose of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is to be a career accelerator for students, as well as an engine of economic growth for community, the state, the nation, and the world.

Learning Goals

Regardless of their major, undergraduate Huntsman School of Business students are required to take the business acumen, a set of courses that address core business and economics knowledge and skills. Six underlying learning goals drive the curriculum. These goals are:

Goal 1

Students in the Huntsman School will develop a holistic understanding of business enterprise.

Goal 2

Students will be proficient at oral and written communication.

Goal 3

Students will be competent in quantitative and qualitative analytics, critical thinking, and data-driven decision making.

Goal 4

Students will think, understand, and act from a global perspective.

Goal 5

Students will be empowered to embrace opportunities, envision possibilities, mobilize resources, and create value.

Goal 6

Students will have a strong commitment to ethical leadership.


Each of the six learning goals is monitored and assessed for achievement. Information obtained through the assessment process is used to adjust and modify instructional methods and curriculum design as part of the Huntsman School's continuous improvement effort. Achievement of goals is assessed using both direct and indirect measures. Direct measures include a selection of students, course-embedded measurements, and a national achievement test. Indirect measures include student, alumni, and employer surveys, as well as employment and career success of graduates. More information on assessment within the Huntsman School of Business can be found at huntsman.usu.edu/assessment.

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program offers students in all colleges and majors the unique opportunity to deepen their educational experience with hands-on practical applications of their academic knowledge. The Honors Program admits incoming, transfer, and existing USU students based on application. High achieving students with at least one year remaining are encouraged to apply.  See the University Honors Program catalog entry and website (honors.usu.edu) for more information.

Eligibility for Acceptance

New freshmen with an Admission Index score of 126 or higher will be invited to participate in USU's Honors Program and will be permitted to pursue Honors in Business. Admitted students must maintain a 3.50 minimum GPA in order to remain in the Honors Program. Sophomore, junior, and transfer students may apply or receive more information at the Honors Program Office, Main 15. Additional information can also be found online at http://www.usu.edu/honors/.

Program of Study

Honors in Business requires 15 credits, which may be completed in the following way. If specific honors courses are not taken, then other courses may be substituted upon approval of the Huntsman School of Business honors advisor.

A student may elect to complete an Honors Advanced Internship (BUS 4250 ) by contract, in lieu of the Senior Honors Thesis/Project.

Huntsman School of Business Honors Advisor

Frank Caliendo, frank.caliendo@usu.edu (435)797-2963.

Undergraduate Programs

Admission and Graduation Requirements

Admission into the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is competitive. Minimum requirements are as follows:

1. Incoming freshman may be directly admitted into the Huntsman School of Business if they have met one of the following:  

  • Top 10% of high school class
  • 3.7+ High School GPA
  • 28+ ACT/1250+ SAT score
  • 3.5+ High School GPA and 24+ ACT/1090+ SAT score (Accounting majors: 3.6+ High School GPA and 26+ ACT/1170+ SAT)

Students who are accepted to Utah State University, but who do not meet the Huntsman School direct-admission ACT and GPA standards may be designated as a Pre-Business major. This designation is for students who have not been formally accepted into any USU degree program but plan on applying for admission to the Huntsman School of Business upon completing 24+ credit hours. Advising for pre-business majors is done through the Exploratory Advising office in TSC 302 or call 435-797-3373. 

2. USU students or Transfer students may be directly admitted into the Huntsman School of Business if they have earned 24 or more post-high school college credits with 3.5 overall GPA.

Students not meeting the above conditions are encouraged to apply (see huntsman.usu.edu/apply for current and accurate information). Admission is competitive based on available space in the Huntsman School of Business

3. Applications will be considered after a student has:  

Economics Admissions

Students may not repeat a course more than twice and may have no more than 10 repeats in total to earn a degree. (Huntsman School of Business courses are limited to one repeat.) 

Matriculation Requirement and Transfer Limitation

No more than 15 USU Huntsman School of Business credits (ACCT, BUS, FIN, MGT, MIS), numbered 2000 and above, earned as a non-business major (before acceptance into the Huntsman School of Business) can be applied to a Huntsman School of Business degree. More than 15 business credits can be transferred from other accredited institutions. However, additional USU Huntsman School of Business credits added to previously earned transfer business credits may not exceed a combined total of 15. Furthermore, to earn a bachelor's degree in a Huntsman School of Business major, at least 50 percent of the required Huntsman School of Business credits must be earned from coursework taken from the Utah State University Huntsman School of Business.

Enrollment Restrictions

Admission to the Huntsman School of Business does not ensure access to the courses required for graduation. The following course admission requirements must be met by all USU students:

  1. There are no restrictions on 1000-level courses.
  2. ACCT 2010  and ACCT 2020  require an overall GPA (transfer credits included) of at least 2.50.
  3. Most 3000-, 4000-, and 5000-level departmental courses in the Huntsman School are restricted to students admitted to the Huntsman School or another USU major with a minimum of 40 credits and an overall GPA of at least 2.67.
  4. MGT 4890  requires completion of at least 90 credits for admission, as well as completion of FIN 3400 , MGT 3500 MGT 3700 , and MSLE 3800  with an overall GPA of 2.67.
  5. Huntsman School courses may be repeated only once.
  6. Many Huntsman School courses have prerequisites and other restrictions requiring adherence. Before registering for courses within the Huntsman School, students should refer to course listings in this catalog or consult with their advisor to ensure they have completed the necessary prerequisites.

USU Credits and Business Credits

At least 30 of the last 60 semester credits must be taken from Utah State University, at least 20 of which must be completed in upper-division courses, of which at least 10 credits must be completed in courses required by the student's major. At least 50 percent of the Huntsman School of Business credits required for a Huntsman School of Business degree must be taken from the Utah State University Huntsman School of Business or its departments, which include: School of Accountancy, Economics and Finance, Management, and Management Information Systems.

Optional P/D+, D, F Grade Restriction

This option is not available for any required courses for majors and minors in the Huntsman School of Business.

Huntsman School of Business Stop-out Policy

Students having a break in attendance of Huntsman School of Business programs in excess of one year will be subject to the Huntsman School and departmental requirements in effect at the time of their return.


Students must satisfy all University, Huntsman School, and departmental major requirements to be eligible for graduation. Refer to appropriate sections of this catalog for details.

Minors in Other Business Subjects

Minors are available in other business subjects, as indicated in departmental sections of this catalog.

Professional Student Organizations

Student organizations sponsored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business are available for membership, depending upon student objectives and qualifications. To learn more about these organizations visit https://huntsman.usu.edu/undergraduate/studentclubs.

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Assistantships

A number of scholarships and assistantships are available to Huntsman School of Business students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. There are also opportunities for employment in research projects and other activities. Assistantships for graduate students are available for both teaching and research. Applications for undergraduate scholarships may be made directly to the FJM Center, Business 309.

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