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 is a collegial learning community dedicated to the teaching, exploration, and application of the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a competitive marketplace.
The goal of the School of Business Administration is to provide a broad foundation in organizational administration and exposure to the basic principles of various business disciplines. The complexity of contemporary society has brought an increasing need for responsible 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.
Students may pursue a program of studies 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 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 reading, writing, and computer skills will be beneficial. Students should take as much mathematics as possible including two years of algebra.
Most business administration courses are offered for traditional letter grade only. Non-business majors may take business courses credit/no credit if the courses are not identified as traditional letter grade only in the registration system.
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 maybe 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.
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).
For more information, please visit the University of Montana School of Business Administration Graduate School website at http://www.business.umt.edu/DegreesPrograms/graduatePrograms/deansWelcome.aspx
To earn the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing, or – in combination with a second business major – international business, students must complete the following 13 requirements:
Course prerequisites are strictly enforced.
|BGEN 105S (MIS 100S) Introduction to Business or BMGT 101S (MGMT 101S) Introduction to the Entertainment Business||3||-|
|COMX 111A (COMM 111A) Intro to Public Speaking||-||3|
|CSCI 172 (CS 172) Intro to Computer Modeling||-||3|
|ECNS 201S (ECON 111S) Principles of Microeconomics||3||-|
|ECNS 202S (ECON 112S ) Principles of Macroeconomics||-||3|
|M 115 (MATH 117) Probability and Linear Math OR for Finance majors, M 162 (MATH 150), Applied Calculus||3-4||-|
|WRIT 101 (ENEX 101) College Writing I||3||-|
|Electives or General Education||3||6|
|ACTG 201 (ACCT 201) Principles of Financial Accounting||3||-|
|ACTG 202 (ACCT 202) Principles of Managerial Accounting||-||3|
|STAT 216 (MATH 241) Introduction to Statistics||4||-|
|BGEN 235 (MIS 257) Business Law||-||3|
|BMIS 270 (MIS 270) MIS Foundations for Business||-||3|
|Electives and General Education||8||6|
Individual programs may differ from the suggested course of study to better accomplish the needs of the particular student but should be evaluated by an advisor prior to modifying the course of study.
Teacher Preparation in Business Education
Students who want to be licensed to teach business at the middle and high school level must complete a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in one of the following: accounting, finance, management, management information systems, or marketing. They also must complete the business education course work and the professional licensure program in the College of Education and Human Sciences. See the Department of Curriculum & Instruction for information about admission to the teacher Education Program and completion of this licensure program.
Certificate in Accounting Information Systems
The Accounting Information Systems (AIS) certificate prepares undergraduate students for careers that bridge accounting and management information systems, such as consulting, internal audit, external audit, or other positions in which more than a basic knowledge of either accounting or MIS is necessary. While most appropriate for a student majoring in accounting or MIS, this certificate is available to any undergraduate business major. To obtain an AIS certificate, a student must (1) complete the requirements for one School of Business Administration major, (2) meet with an AIS certificate advisor, and (3) complete the following courses, with an average GPA of 3.0 or better in these 25 credits: ACTG 203, ACTG 321 (ACCT 310), ACTG 305 (ACCT 311), ACTG 306 (ACCT 312), ACTG 411 (ACCT 441), BMIS 365 (MIS 371), BMIS 370 (MIS 370), BMIS 373 (MIS 373), and BMIS 479 (MIS 479). Due to pre-requisite requirements and course scheduling, meeting with an AIS advisor early is crucial.
Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
This certificate is offered for students who are interested in launching their own business venture or working in a small- to medium-sized business upon graduation. Students must complete all requirements for at least one School of Business Administration major as well as the following required courses: BMGT 486 (MGMT 348), BMGT 458 (MGMT 458), and one 498 internship course offered by any of the School of Business Administration's major areas; the internship must be with an entrepreneurial venture. Internships must be approved by the Management & Marketing Department Chair. Also required: six credits from outside the student's major area of study, from the following courses: BFIN 301 (FIN 301), BMIS 478 (MIS 478), BMGT 491 (MGMT 344) Advanced Human Resource Management, BGEN 320E (MGMT 320E), BMKT 337 (MKTG 362), BMKT 343 (MKTG 363), BMKT 342 (MKTG 366), or BMKT 460 (MKTG 460).
Certificate in Entertainment Management
This certificate is designed to allow undergraduate students to learn and demonstrate advanced skills in specific areas related to careers in the business of entertainment. Students must be registered at the University of Montana-Missoula. Required courses: BMGT 401 (open to all majors), BMGT 402 (open to all majors), and BMGT 403 (open to all majors), and three of the following courses: MART 111A (MAR 111A), MART 112A (MAR 112A), MUSI 132L, JRNL 251 (R-TV 251), BFIN 205, BMGT 275, BGEN 320*, BMGT 375 (open to all majors), BMGT 420*, PSCI 466 (PSC 466)*, BMGT 474 (open to all majors), BMGT 498 (must be an Entertainment/Event Management focused internship; open to all majors; no more than 3 hours accepted towards the Certificate), BMIS 478*, BMKT 411*, BMKT 412*, BMKT 413*, and BMKT 466*. Students must earn a “B or Better” in all courses counted towards the Certificate in Entertainment Management. Recommended optional course: BMGT 101.
* Check prerequisites
Certificate in Digital Marketing
This certificate prepares undergraduate students for careers in website design, social media, and internet data analysis. Knowledge associated with professional opportunity rests at the intersection between Management Information Systems and Marketing. Hence, the courses are designed to help students navigate this intersection and to develop the requisite skill set for successful career opportunities. Notably, the certificate addresses the need of both Marketing and MIS students to be skilled users of data and understand the role of quantitative data in decision making. To obtain the Certificate in Digital Marketing, students must (1) complete all requirements for at least one School of Business Administration major; (2) meet with the Certificate in Digital Marketing advisor; (3) complete the following required courses: BMIS 372 (MIS 372), BMKT 343 (MKTG 363), BMKT 460 (MKTG 460), BMKT 420, (4) Complete one of the following courses: FORS 250 (FOR 250), MAR 101L, MART 102 (MAR 102), MART 11A (MAR 111A), MART 340 (MAR 340); (5) complete the Certificate in Digital Marketing application; and (6) receive a combined GPA of 3.0 for all the above courses.
This certificate includes courses for the innovative student looking to turn an idea into a successful business venture. To earn a graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, students must complete all MBA degree requirements and certain other courses.
|MBA 694 Entrepreneurship 1||2|
|Additional Certificate Requirements, Offered Spring Semester||Credits|
|MBA 694 Business Plan Workshop||1|
|MBA 694 Financing New Ventures||1|
|MBA 694 High-Tech and Legal Issues||1|
|MBA 655 High-Tech and Legal Issues||1|
|MBA 694 Growing and Marketing Small Business||1|
|Additional Certificate Requirements, Offered Summer Semester||Credits|
The graduate Certificate in Entrainment Management includes classes taught by industry professionals dedicated to providing education and opportunities for students to learn about the entertainment industry. Students must complete all requirements for the MBA degree, listed under the graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, plus the following:
|BMGT 401 (MGMT 401) Event Management||3|
|BMGT 402 (MGMT 402) Principles of Entertainment Management I||3|
|BMGT 403 (MGMT 403) Principles of Entertainment Management II||3|
R- before the course description indicates the course may be repeated for credit to the maximum indicated after the R. Credits beyond this maximum do not count toward a degree.
Accounting (ACTG) - Course Descriptions
191, 201, 202, 203, 298, 305, 306, 307, 321, 391, 392, 394, 401, 410, 411, 420, 425, 426, 432, 461, 491, 492, 494, 498, 503, 605, 615, 616, 31, 632, 641, 643, 656, 661, 675, 694, 696, 698, 699
Business Finance (BFIN) - Course Descriptions191, 192, 205, 267, 292, 298, 301, 322, 391, 392, 394, 410, 415, 420, 424, 429, 439, 450, 473, 491, 492, 494, 498, 522, 651, 681, 694
Business General (BGEN) - Course Descriptions
105S, 235, 320E, 360, 465, 499
Business Management (BMGT) - Course Descriptions
101S, 191, 192, 205, 275, 291, 292, 298, 322, 340S, 357, 375, 391, 392, 394, 401, 402, 403, 420, 426, 430, 444, 453, 458, 474, 480, 486, 491, 492, 493, 494, 498, 540, 595, 640, 650, 665, 685
Business Management Information Systems (BMIS) - Course Descriptions
191, 192, 270, 292, 298, 365, 370, 372, 373, 391, 392, 394, 447, 453, 471, 472, 476, 478, 491, 492, 494, 495, 498, 541, 571, 572, 573, 574, 575, 650
Business Marketing (BMKT) - Course Descriptions
191, 192, 291, 292, 298, 325, 337, 342, 343, 391, 392, 411, 412, 413, 420, 450, 460, 480, 490, 491, 492, 494, 498, 560, 660
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Course Descriptions
603, 645, 655, 692, 694, 698, 699
Management Information Systems (MIS) - Course Descriptions
260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266
Prerequisite courses generally must be completed with a grade of C- or better for the prerequisite to be satisfied (some prerequisites, however, require a grade of C or better).
Generally, courses at the 600 level are open only to graduate students who are admitted to a business graduate program. Students who are designated pre-M.B.A. or pre-M-Acct. or graduate non-degree extern may take select courses (foundation courses at the 500 level and select 600 levels only upon pre-approval of a graduate program director). Students must be admitted to a degree program in order to take the required courses in either program.
Aaron W. Andreason, Ph.D., Brigham Young University,1975
Teresa K. Beed, Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1981; C.P.A., Montana, 1973 (Director, M-Acct. Program)
Bruce Costa, Ph.D., Florida State University, 2000 (Chair, Department of Accounting and Finance)
Scott C. Douglas, Ph.D., Florida State University, 2000
David R. Firth, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2003
Gerald E. Evans, Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School, 1985
Jerry L. Furniss, J.D., University of Idaho, 1980
Larry D. Gianchetta, Ph.D., Texas A & M, 1974 (Dean)
Terri L. Herron, Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington, 1996; C.P.A. Texas, 1987 and Montana, 2010; C.I.S.A., 2000 (Associate Dean)
Keith J. Jakob, Ph.D., University of Utah, 2000
Belva L. Jones, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 1976 (Chair, Department of Management Information Systems)
Timothy A. Manuel, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1988
Jakki J. Mohr, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989
Jack K. Morton, J.D., The University of Montana, 1971
Nader H. Shooshtari, Ph.D., Arizona State University, 1983
Lee N. Tangedahl, Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1976
Klaus Uhlenbruck, Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1996 (Chair, Department of Management and Marketing)
Patrick M. Barkey, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1986 (Director, Bureau of Business and Economic Research)
Michael R. Braun, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2006
Carol L. Bruneau, Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1997
Shawn F. Clouse, Ed.D., University of Montana, 2001
Anthony J. Crawford, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1993
Bambi M. Douma, Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2003
Michael V. Harrington, J.D., University of Montana, 1990
Joshua Herbold, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 2005; C.P.A., Montana, 2009
Cameron D. Lawrence, Ph.D., London School of Economics, 2005
Fengru Li, Ph.D., University of Washington, 1996
Clayton A. Looney, Ph.D., Washington State University, 2003
Ronald F. Premuroso, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2008; C.P.A. Florida, 1976, C.F.E., 2011
Simona Stan, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2001 (Director, MBA Program)
Kenton D. Swift, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991; C.P.A., Montana, 1992
Justin W. Angle, Ph.D., University of Washington, 2012
Casey J. McNellis, Ph.D., Washington State University, 2011; C.P.A. Washington, 2003
Emily J. Plant, Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2010
Suzanne G. Tilleman, Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2009
Michael R. Brown, J.D., The University of Montana, 1969; C.P.A., Montana, 1963
Bruce P. Budge, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1968; C.P.A., Idaho, 1973
MaryEllen Campbell, M.A., University of Illinois, 1969
Robert J. Connole, Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1968
Richard T. Dailey, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1968
Maureen J. Fleming, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, 1969
Robert W. Hollmann, Ph.D., University of Washington, 1973
Jack J. Kempner, Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1956; C.P.A., Montana, 1957
Clyde W. Neu, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1973
Paul E. Polzin, Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1968 (Director Emeritus, Bureau of Business and Economic Research)
Roy W. Regel, Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1985; C.P.A., Colorado, 1973; C.M.A., 1992
Barbara P. Reider, Ph.D., Kent State University, 1991; C.P.A., Montana, 2010; C.M.A., 1992; C.I.A., 1996; C.F.M., 1998; C.G.F.M., 2002
Thomas J. Steele, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1974
Norman E. Taylor, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1955
Joseph A. Weber, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1983; C.P.A., Montana, 1975
Richard P. Withycombe, Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1972
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