The University of Montana’s AACSB-accredited College of Business serves over 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students discovering their potential and preparing to lead with confidence, both professionally and personally. It strives to provide a nurturing, supportive, challenging, and thriving environment enhancing work ethic, stewardship, and leadership, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. Dedicated, highly-qualified, and passionate faculty members, rigorous curriculum, and active learning opportunities combine to inspire, transform, and develop graduates that will significantly impact the world.
The College of Business has very generous donors that help financially support business students and recently awarded $445,000 in scholarships. With this help, students can partake in excellent and reputable business degree programs. Bachelors in Business Administration students can major in Finance, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Accounting, International Business, or Management & Entrepreneurship.
Graduate studies consist of Master of Accountancy, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Business Analytics degrees. The state’s only MBA program is incredibly flexible with options to meet in whatever combination of in-person and online is needed throughout the course. It can be customized through specialization options in Cybersecurity, Entrepreneurship, or Entertainment Management. Along with the scholarships, graduate students can work with a faculty member in a Graduate Assistantship and receive tuition support in return.
To fully understand the environment that is the business world, students must experience international business exposure to be competitive and sought out by employers. Students can obtain an international education through coursework, faculty-led academic trips to Italy, Ireland, and Romania, or exchange programs all over the world. The CoB’s own Montana World Trade Center offers educational opportunities regarding international trade.
There are numerous ways for students to actively learn, build leadership skills, and connect to peers and professionals. One way is through participation in a business-related student organization. Groups include Beta Alpha Psi, Finance Club, Montana Information Systems Association, Graduate Business School Association, DECA, American Marketing Association, CoB Student Ambassador, and Student Advisory Council. Another way is through case competitions like the EPIC Ideas Showcase, the Northwestern Mutual Sales Competition, and the statewide Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge, where budding entrepreneurs can win $50,000. Students can also intern with the University’s very own Montana World Trade Center.
The Gianchetta Student Success Center is a beneficial resource for so many reasons. It provides career development opportunities through networking events, mock interviews, job search training, workshops, resume assistance, help to find internships, and being a vital connector for students and employers through classroom visits and recruiting events. The CoB has relationships with large companies like PIXAR, Microsoft, Nike, Deloitte, Boeing, Northwestern Mutual, Starbucks, and FAST Enterprises. Along with recruiting, companies in Western Montana can take advantage of the wealth of knowledge business students have acquired while helping fulfill experiential learning opportunities for them. Students can work on projects like communication plans, startup consulting, marketing research, and business plans.