About the UM College of Business

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Get to know us

The University of Montana College of Business is the oldest AACSB-accredited business college in the state. Today we're known as a top provider of business education in the region. Our goal is to help students realize their potential and thrive as future business leaders.

The College of Business focuses on applied, experiential education by having students participate in hands-on business projects. We're especially adept at helping students with professional networking. Because the college is nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in a spectacular natural environment, we attract the interest of international and national business experts. Over 100 business professionals come to the Gallagher Business Building each year to share their knowledge through formal lectures and to talk with and recruit students.

Faculty dedication to excellence in teaching and research provides inspiration and support both inside and outside the classroom, helping students individually realize their potential. Student test scores and strong alumni relationships are testimony to the fact students thrive while attending the University of Montana College of Business.

By the numbers

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Over 80% of graduates participate in at least one internship while students at the University of Montana College of Business.

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Over 80% of UM College of Business graduates are working or attending graduate school within three months of graduation.

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The UM campus is situated just 2.64 miles away from a national wilderness trailhead. 

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The UM College of Business has over 20,000 alumni. Many of whom work for global powerhouse companies and launch careers as accountants, IT consultants, marketing professionals and entrepreneurs.

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The UM College of Business has been named the top business school in the Big Sky Conference by U.S. News & World Report for five consecutive years.

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World-class rafting, fishing, kayaking and surfing along the Clark Fork River is just five minutes from the Gallagher Business Building.

Dean's Welcome

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Welcome to the University of Montana College of Business!

At the University of Montana, we aspire to think critically, live ethically, and explore creatively. The College of Business does so by putting an emphasis on leadership and innovation, honoring traditions of excellence while constantly looking forward to the future. Our students are launching careers through the college's valuable curriculum, industry connections, and career development professionals. Our professors are staying on top of trends through innovative research and deep connections with industry and alumni. Our motivation is to see our students shine.

What is it like to be part of an organization like this?

As a student, it means having access to valuable degrees that companies hire for. From day one, our curriculum is designed to prepare students for today’s technology-driven market, ensuring an understanding of business models, operations, and how information systems and data can be used to make business decisions. This forward-thinking approach has paid off; our college has tied for best business school in the Big Sky Conference, according to U.S. News & World Report, the past six years. That makes us the highest ranked Montana business school by nearly 100 spots. We offer undergraduate majors in accounting, finance, international business, management, management information systems, and marketing. Students can also earn certificates in any of six concentrations, and a minor in business administration complements any major offered at UM.

Being a business student at UM means being supported and inspired. We know how important career development is, so we’ve built a robust network of resources to support our students’ career goals outside the classroom as well. A strong majority of our students participate in internships; our well-connected and accomplished faculty are constantly mentoring students outside of class and inviting business leaders to connect with students; and our Gianchetta Student Success Center is a one-stop-shop for advising, supplemental workshops, and more. There are also ample opportunities to study abroad, participate in student organizations, and network with alumni and employers.

At the graduate level, the college offers the only accredited master of accountancy in Montana and the first master of science in business analytics in the Pacific Northwest. Our master of business administration, which is the only degree of its kind in the state, lets students earn their diploma without stepping foot on campus.

Our alumni network is nearly 20,000 graduates strong. They are known for entering the workforce not only with business skills but also with a liberal arts foundation that helps them write well and think critically. With this background, our graduates are likely to have a job within three months of graduation. They help lead global companies like Microsoft, Nike, KPMG, and Boeing, and have careers as accountants, IT consultants, marketing and finance professionals, managers, and entrepreneurs in Montana and beyond.

There’s so much more to gain from being associated with our college. Thanks for stopping by, and please, follow us at @UMontanaBiz or contact us at officeofthedean@mso.umt.edu to learn more.

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Suzanne Tilleman, Dean