“Dare Mighty things” is the motto of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. This AACSB accredited business school challenges students to step out of their comfort zone and reach for their goals. Huntsman School of Business is comprised of five departments; Economics and Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing and Strategy, and The School of Accountancy.
USU was originally founded as the Agricultural College of Utah in 1888. One year later, the first business degree was offered, making it the first business degree west of the Mississippi River. The inaugural business class of eight students graduated in 1894. Fast forward to 1975, and USU initiated the Undergraduate Research Program, the second in the nation. 2016 signaled the highly anticipated grand opening of the $50 million Jon M. Huntsman Hall, a 125,000 square foot facility adjoined to the Eccles Business Building, creating an immense business complex. In 2017, Jon Huntsman and his friend Charles Koch donated $50 million to create the Huntsman Scholar Program and the Center for Growth and Opportunity. Through the Huntsman Scholar Program and other generous donors, student enrollment has increased due to over $2 million in scholarships awarded annually.
Bachelor’s degrees are offered in every discipline of business imaginable; Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management Information Systems, and Marketing. Students can choose from 16 unique minors, such as Hospitality and Tourism Management, Leadership and Management, Personal Financial Planning, Real Estate, and Technical Sales Management. Students will be able to explore different business careers through field trips. Local trips have included Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, and Logan Regional Hospital. Every Friday on campus is dedicated to professional growth through the Focused Friday’s program. Students will attend career workshops or lecture series, develop a resume, and prep for interviews. Graduate students can complete a Master’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Data Analytics, Human Resources, Management Information Systems, Economics, or Financial Economics. All of these programs can be completed in two years or less.
Students will find experiential learning that piques their interest, with opportunities ranging from professional development, internships, and global learning, to research initiatives. Students can spend a summer in Asia or Peru, hop on a plane to London or Paris for a one-week trip, gain international work experience through an internship, or even spend a semester or a full year studying at a foreign university. In the summer, students can also take national career field trips to California and New York, where each day entails visits to multiple businesses and networking events. There are 23 different clubs on campus for students to join, such as Entrepreneurship Club, ProSales, Real Estate Association, and Women in Business Association.
The Master’s of Business Administration program through the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business can be completed 100% online. Online students are given the opportunity to participate in the MBA Global Learning Experience. This program takes students away from their computers and lets them dive into the global business world.