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David Eccles School of Business

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The David Eccles School of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accounting (Macc), Master of Science in Finance (MSFin), and Master of Statistics (MStat) as well as a doctoral program in business administration with major and subconcentrations in accounting, marketing, management, and finance, and a joint degree in law (MBA/JD) and architecture (MBA/MA). Other programs include interdisciplinary programs in health services administration, statistics, civil engineering, and nursing, cooperative education, international field study opportunities in Germany, France, Mexico, and the Netherlands, and the Lassonde New Business Development Center. The strongest areas of study are tax accounting, managerial finance, strategic management, information systems, and product management. The most popular courses are Quality Management, Entrepreneurship, New Product Development, Management Information Systems, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, International Marketing, Real Estate Finance, Financial Reporting, and Nonprofit Consulting. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. and include the Executive MBA Guest Speaker series, the Special Topics in Finance course, the Business Roundtable series, the International Business Speaker series, the Utah Entrepreneur Center Speaker series, and the Spencer Eccles Convocation.

Sixty-two total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 30 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Management
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Data Analysis and Decision Making
  • Business Strategy
  • Marketing Management
  • Field Study I and II
  • Management Information Systems
  • Career Strategies
  • Business Communications
  • Managing/Leading in Organizations
  • Laying Foundations of Teamwork

Required courses for the Macc include:

  • Interpersonal Relations and Communications in Accounting
  • Cases in Auditing and Systems
  • Accounting Integration
  • Business and Tax Strategies

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements if they have completed an equivalent course with a satisfactory grade, with adviser approval.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 to 2 years; maximum, 6 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 to 3 years; maximum, 6 years.

In a recent year, there were 67 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom held a doctorate; there were 4 part-time faculty, of whom 75% held a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 12; average business class size is 53.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0 and a GMAT score of 600. Most important admissions factors are GMAT results, academic accomplishments and ability, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is required.

The number of applicants for a recent class was 618; 418 were accepted; 273 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.41; average GMAT score was 621. Transfers are not accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by forums, an open house, school networking, and minority mailings.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall only. To apply, students must submit an application form, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, 2 letters of recommendation, essays, and a resume. Students are notified prior to April 30 of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is April. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Financial Aid

About 67% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $16,297 annually; maximum $26,320. Stipends and programs available for minority students include in the form of private scholarships reserved exclusively for minority students. The FAFSA and the previous year’s tax return are required. The application deadline is April 1 for fall entry.

On-campus room and board costs approximately $8000; books and supplies, $1500; personal expenses, $4000, for an estimated annual total of $20,820 for in-state residents and $30,760 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing includes both dormitory rooms and apartments, with some reserved for married students and international students. There also is a graduate business house that accommodates 12 students.


Thirty-seven percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 94% have had an average of 5 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Utah (72%). Twenty-three percent are women, 6% are minorities, and 9% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 28; ages range from 21 to 50. Twelve percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 5% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 47%, business; 17%, social sciences; 15%, math and science; 10%, engineering; 9%, liberal arts; and 2%, economics. About 6% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 94% remain to receive their degree. In a recent year, 226 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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