College of Business

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Christopher Shook, Dean

Klaus Uhlenbruck, Associate Dean


The College of Business, founded in 1918, is the largest professional school at the University. All programs are accredited by AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and accounting programs also hold separate AACSB accreditation.


The University of Montana’s College of Business enhances lives and benefits society by providing a world-class business education in a supportive, collegial environment. We accomplish this mission by acting on our shared core values of creating significant experiences, building relationships, teaching and researching relevant topics, behaving ethically, and inspiring individuals to thrive.

The goal of the College of Business's programs is to provide a broad foundation in business practice and theory, supplemented by deep expertise within one or more specific business disciplines through majors and certificates. The complexity of contemporary society has increased the need for responsible, ethical leadership in organizations with local and global reach. A professional business education combined with solid grounding in the liberal arts and sciences prepares men and women to meet difficult challenges and to contribute to society in meaningful ways. College of Business graduates work in business, nonprofit, and government sectors all over the world.

Students may pursue programs of study leading to the B.S. in Business Administration with a major in any of the following areas:

Students pursuing other undergraduate degrees can complete a minor in Business Administration or various certificates.

High School Preparation

High school students who are planning to major or minor in business administration at the University of Montana-Missoula should take their school's college preparatory curriculum. Additional courses to improve quantitative, writing, verbal communication, analytical, and computer skills will be beneficial. Students should take as much mathematics as possible, including two years of algebra.

Credit/No Credit Option

Most business administration courses are offered for traditional letter grade only.

All courses required for the major, the minor, certificates, and all general education courses must be taken for a traditional letter grade. Business courses taken as electives may be taken on a credit/no credit basis only if not identified as traditional letter grade in the registration system and if approved by the instructor and the department chair. For additional information see the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the catalog.

Graduate Programs

Opportunity for further study at the graduate level is offered through programs leading to the degrees of

  • Master of Accountancy (M-Acct.),
  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.),
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics (M.S.-B.A.)
  • Joint J.D./M.B.A.,
  • Joint M.B.A./D.P.T. and
  • Joint M.B.A./Pharm.D.

The M.B.A. M.S. - B.A. and M-Acct. programs are suited to all students regardless of undergraduate training. Students in the arts and sciences or other professional schools are encouraged to consider these graduate business programs. Further details may be obtained from the Graduate School or by specific inquiries directed to: Director of M.B.A. Program, College of Business, Director of M.S.-B. A. Program College of Business or Director of M-Acct. Program, College of Business.

Foundation Program for Graduate Work in Business

Completion of all of the foundation courses listed below (or equivalents) prior to starting the program will reduce the time required for the M.B.A. or M-Acct. at the University of Montana-Missoula by one year; however, many of the courses listed below have prerequisites that are strictly enforced (including, without limitation, a general prerequisite that all upper-division business courses require the completion of each lower-core business course with a grade of C or better).

Foundation Courses
ACTG 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACTG 202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
BGEN 361Principles of Business Law3
BFIN 322Business Finance3
BMIS 270MIS Foundations for Business3
BMGT 322Operations Management3
BMGT 340Management & Organization Behavior3
BMKT 325Principles of Marketing3
ECNS 201SPrinciples of Microeconomics3
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics4
Total Hours31

Nine of the 10 courses in the Foundation Program are included in the undergraduate Minor in Business Administration, which is open to any undergraduate student. The College of Business also offers a series of five graduate-level courses that can substitute for the above undergraduate courses. These courses are only open to students who have already earned an undergraduate degree. For more information, please visit the University of Montana College of Business Graduate School website.

Foundation Program for M.S.-B.A. Program

The M.S.-B.A. program is open to graduates of business and  non-business undergraduate programs.  The program can be completed in one year for students who have completed the following foundation courses, or their equivalent:

BMIS 326Introduction to Data Analytics3
BMKT 560Marketing & Stats3-7
or STAT 216
BMKT 325
Introduction to Statistics
and Principles of Marketing
STAT 451Statistical Methods I3
Business analytics internship or work experience
Total Hours9-13

For more information, please visit the University of Montana College of Business M.S.-B.A. website.