The AACSB-accredited Labovitz School of Business & Economics at the University of Minnesota Duluth strives to prepare future business leaders through rigorous coursework, high-quality programming, and experiential learning opportunities. Students are encouraged, challenged, and pushed to do their best, think analytically and critically, discover the reasoning behind the method, and become the best version of themselves. Upon graduation, students are ready to thrive in the competitive world of business.
Undergraduate studies consist of a Bachelors in Accounting, Bachelors in Economics, and a Bachelors in Business Administration. BBA students can choose to major in Financial Markets Finance, Economics, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Management, Health Care Management, Consumer Insights & Analytics, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Professional Sales, or Marketing & Graphic Design. Graduate students can pursue the full-time, Accelerated 12-month MBA, part-time MBA that meets in the evenings, or the Executive MBA designed for working professionals with years of work experience. Current business undergraduates are eligible to complete the 4+1 Integrated MBA, earning their bachelors and MBA in just five years.
To help with the cost of obtaining a degree of higher education, Labovitz offers scholarships to help with a need or support achievements in merit, GPA, service, and other activities. Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to over $4,000. They can also apply for scholarships to study abroad. Students can take their educational experience abroad and study business in places like Croatia, Australia, Spain, Germany, and Sweden.
Every experience, activity, event, and program in the life of a student helps prepare them for professional success. The Startup Cup Entrepreneur Challenge, similar to Shark Tank, gives students a chance to create and plan out a new business idea, compete against other students by pitching it to judges, and win money towards developing their concept. They can also help run the University’s Entrepreneurship Conference and can also learn how best to dress professionally at the Dress for Success fashion show. Student-led business-related organizations include the Accounting Club, Advertising & Marketing Club, Delta Sigma Pi, Economics Club, Engineers in Business, Entrepreneurship Club, Investment Club, Management Club, Marketing Analytics Club, Society for Human Resource Management, and Women in Business.
Students achieve hands-on experience by conducting research regarding economic data and performing studies and projects for real clients through the Bureau for Business & Economic Research Center. In the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, students receive a faculty mentor, compete, showcase their research projects, and can even win money to support the project. The University also conducts research through its Natural Resources Research Institute involving the relationship between the economy, the environment, and sustainability.
The Labovitz School provides a variety of opportunities for students to grow professionally and interact with business professionals. Business leaders offer class lectures, one-on-one discussions, presentations, conferences, and also provide insight for students, faculty, and the community through the Distinguished Speaker Series. Also, the Student to Business Initiatives allows both businesses and students to collaborate on real-world projects.