Recognized for Quality
In 1978, the Idaho State University College of Business became the first business school in the state of Idaho to receive accreditation from the international Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
The AACSB represents “the longest serving global association dedicated to advancing management education worldwide,” and accredits less than 5 percent of the 16,000 schools granting business degrees in the world. The College of Business’ accounting program is also separately accredited as one of only 175 schools holding both accounting and business accreditation, ranking ISU’s College of Business in the top two percent of business schools worldwide.
Flexible and Affordable
At a full-time course load, the MBA can be completed in just one-year in-person from one of our campuses in Pocatello, Idaho Falls or online from your living room. Most in-person courses take place in the evening, so students still have the flexibility to keep their daytime jobs or complete the program part-time.
As one of the most affordable AACSB accredited MBA program in the area, Idaho residents can expect to earn their graduate degree for as little as $12,000. Students also have the opportunity to apply for our graduate assistantship program, which provides free tuition and a $12,800 stipend, requiring just 20 hours of work per week.
International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition
This rigorous competition challenges top-level students from around the world to complete 12 quarters (three years) of simulated business decisions expedited over the course of a semester along with submitting a formal business plan and annual report. Students then travel to Anaheim for an intense 72-hour competition against their international peers followed by a formal presentation to executive-level judges from companies throughout the western U.S.
Students who apply for the graduate assistantship positions also have the opportunity to apply for Bengal Solutions. This program leverages the expertise of the best graduate business students taking on in-depth consulting projects for Idaho companies. Students have the opportunity to work under the guidance of a Bengal Solutions Director to develop analytical, interpersonal and leadership skills working on real projects that benefit Idaho’s Economic Development. Learn more about Bengal Solutions
The National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security sponsor the Scholarship for Service (SFS) program administered through the National Information Assurance Training and Education Center (NIATEC). Competitively selected NIATEC students are offered scholarships in exchange for helping to design safeguards for cyber security threats in government. Upon graduation, students will often serve at federal agencies such as the FBI.
As part of their scholarship, students receive numerous benefits including a $32,000 yearly stipend, paid tuition and fees and necessary allowances for professional development and textbooks.
“[Students have many] experiential learning opportunities including handling classified material for cyber war simulations. We have even offered international simulations to support components of Hawaii, Washington and California National Guards. Since the program’s inception, we have had 100 percent job placement for our graduates.”
-Dr. Corey Schou, NIATEC Director
Joint and Dual Degree Options
Students in the MBA program also have the option to complete dual degrees in our other graduate programs from accounting to health informatics or healthcare administration. Students in the Idaho State University Pharmacy programs can also complete the MBA PharmD joint degree with just one extra year of study.
A Look at Our MBA Students
From Idaho: 68%
Out of State: 18%
Health Sciences/Pharmacy: 21%
Humanities/Social Sciences: 11%