School of Business Administration

Larry D. Gianchetta, Dean

Terri L. Herron, Associate Dean


The School of Business Administration, 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.


The University of Montana’s School of Business Administration 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 School of Business Administration's programs is to provide a broad foundation in organizational administration and principles of various business disciplines, while providing opportunity to gain expertise within the specific majors and certificate areas. The complexity of contemporary society has increased need for responsible, ethical leadership. A professional business education combined with solid grounding in the liberal arts and sciences prepares men and women to meet difficult challenges and to participate in the molding of the future. School of Business Administration 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: accounting, finance, international business, management, management information systems, and marketing.

High School Preparation:

High school students who are planning to major 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, 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 traditional letter grade only.

All courses required for the major, 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 if not identified as traditional letter grade only and if approved by the instructor and the department chair.  For additional information see the General Education 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 Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Accountancy (M-Acct.), joint J.D./M.B.A., joint M.B.A./D.P.T. and joint M.B.A./Pharm.D. The M.B.A. and M-Acct. programs are suited to all students regardless of undergraduate training. Further details may be obtained from the Graduate School or by specific inquiries directed to: Director of M.B.A. Program, School of Business Administration or Director of M-Acct. Program, School of Business Administration.

Foundation Program for Graduate Work in Business
The M.B.A. and M-Acct. programs are open to graduates of non-business undergraduate programs (prerequisites strictly enforced). Students in the arts and sciences or other professional schools are encouraged to consider the M.B.A. and M-Acct programs. Completion of all of the foundation courses listed below 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).

  • ACTG 201 Principles of Financial Accounting
  • ACTG 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • BGEN 235 Business Law
  • BFIN 322 Business Finance
  • BMIS 270 MIS Foundations for Business
  • BMGT 322 Operations Management
  • BMGT 340 Management and Organizational Behavior
  • BMKT 325 Principles of Marketing
  • ECNS 201S Principles of Microeconomics
  • STAT 216 Introduction to Statistics

The School of Business Administration 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 School of Business Administration Graduate School website at

Undergraduate Degrees Available

Subject Type Option Track
Accounting Bachelor of Science
Accounting Information Systems Certificate of Art
Digital Marketing Certificate of Art
Entertainment Management Certificate of Art
Entrepreneurship Certificate of Art
Finance Bachelor of Science
International Business Bachelor of Science
Management Bachelor of Science
Management Information Systems Bachelor of Science
Marketing Bachelor of Science
Sustainable Business Strategy Certificate of Art