The College of Business and Economics at the University of Idaho strives to be the best in developing successful business leaders, managers, entrepreneurs, and societal contributors. The AACSB-accredited programs offer excellence in business education, faculty instruction, effective research, active learning opportunities, and community outreach. The College values engagement, inclusion, diversity, creativity, and safety. Students experience a supportive environment that fosters an interdisciplinary business understanding, analytical and creative thinking, innovative problem solving, and confidence.
Undergraduate degrees are in Finance, Accounting, Management Information Systems, Business Economics, Management & Human Resources, Marketing, Operations Management, and PGA Golf Management. For a customizable experience, students can choose an area of emphasis like Marketing Analytics, Entrepreneurship, or Small Business Management. All first-year and continuing students are considered for the millions of dollars in CoBE scholarships, which can help tremendously with any financial burden.
The University of Idaho is one of the few U.S. universities to receive the International Experience Grant, which offers fully-funded study abroad scholarships. Students can choose to study business in countries all over the world and gain a beneficial international and multicultural perspective and understanding, which heightens their overall educational experience.
Graduate students can pursue the highly competitive AACSB-accredited Master of Accountancy degree. Students within the 14 western states receive in-state tuition when enrolling in this Masters program. The Executive Masters in Business Administration degree is for those who have completed several years of management positions, is cohort-based, and meets once a month. There is also the Juris Doctorate/Master of Accountancy dual degree.
To best utilize their time, students must participate in a large variety of active learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Students find internships with companies like Deloitte, Boeing, Intel, Idaho Power, BP, and Micron. Along with internships, the Vandal Student Enterprises consist of different opportunities for hands-on, real-world, applicable experiences for each business student. One category of enterprises is the business student clubs like Beta Alpha Psi, Economics Club, American Marketing Association, PGA Golf Management Club, Vandal Hat Hackers, and Human Resource Management Club.
Other enterprises include the Barker Trading Program, David Investment Group, Idaho Entrepreneurs, Business Process Center, Executive Shadow Program, and Vandal Solutions. These programs allow students to explore markets, manage risks and money, and analyze and implement trading strategies in a top-notch, interactive, technological trading floor, and manage and make decisions regarding a wide range of investments. They develop entrepreneurial ideas and participate in the Idaho Pitch Competition, Business Plan Competition, and Vandal Startup Competition. Students can increase a company’s productivity by fixing and improving a damaged business process. Spring Break trips to companies all over the country give students opportunities for mentorship and job shadowing with experts in the field. They even get to run their own business with real customers and real profits for the University.