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University of Utah David Eccles School of Business Distance MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Online

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA Online.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)
#23 Top Entrepreneurial Programs: Graduate

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 57% accepted out of 153 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 29
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.43
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • Out of State Application Fee: $55
  • In State Application Fee: $55

Admission Considerations

Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Work Experience, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Information

The Eccles admissions committee requires applicants to provide the following: an undergraduate transcript demonstrating a GPA of at least 3.0 (students failing to meet this requirement may gain entry based on evaluation of their performance during the final two years of undergraduate work); proof of successful completion of a college-level statisti...The Eccles admissions committee requires applicants to provide the following: an undergraduate transcript demonstrating a GPA of at least 3.0 (students failing to meet this requirement may gain entry based on evaluation of their performance during the final two years of undergraduate work); proof of successful completion of a college-level statistics course; GMAT scores (minimum 50th percentile score in math required); two recommendations, submitted online; responses to essay questions; and a resume. International students whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL. Two years of post-undergraduate professional experience are strongly encouraged but not required. The school reports that it administers "several privately-donated scholarships reserved for underrepresented groups and [designed] to help us build the gender, ethnic, and geographic diversity of our student body."

The Princeton Review

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 602
Percent International Students 6%
Total Full-Time Faculty 96
Full-Time Faculty 54%

Student Life

Eccles “is located on a hillside overlooking Salt Lake City” that is “located 15 minutes from world-class skiing (winter time) and mountain biking (summer time). The campus is in a great setting,” and students try to take the opportunity to enjoy both the surroundings and campus life. UU fans are “rabid,” one student informs us. “The school is confident and walks tall.” In short, “the overall environment is excellent” at UU. “The school provides all the resources we need. The campus is excellent; the library is a really comfortable place to study; and most of [the] classrooms at DESB have outlets for every student, access to inter­net and technology needed to do presentations, etc.” The MBA program “is very supportive of students who have kids,” and “there have been family-friendly tailgate parties where students can bring their families and mingle with alumni.” The program also offers “some good activities for single students as well as fami­lies,” including sporting events, mixers, and outings. Eccles “is making efforts to be more internationally diverse,” but “the school needs to encourage more diversity of opinions as well.” The student body reflects Utah’s conserva­tive and Mormon population, though there are plenty of students from many other states, cultures, and religious backgrounds at the business school.

Career

The Office of Career Services for Graduate Business Students works in conjunction with the university’s Career Services Office to provide counseling and career placement services including career fairs and on-campus recruiting events. Student feedback on the service is mixed. Its harshest critics dismiss it as “poor, especially if you’re not in accounting or finance.” Others note that the office has “taken many steps this year to improve [services] for the future,” but still has further to go. And others still report that with the arrival of a new dean in 2009, “alumni connections have been greatly improved” and the administra­tion has grown more “supportive and informative, especially on career-related matters as well as courses offered at school. They are also very enthusiastic about connecting students with activities outside classrooms, such as company visits and networking events.” Employers who most frequently hire Utah MBAs include Comcast, ATK, GE Capital, Boart Longyear, Omniture, American Express, and the federal government. Nearly 40 percent of Eccles MBAs find work in finance and accounting after leaving the program.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

Ask a Utahan about her state’s flagship university and chances are good she’ll pull from a litany of the school’s selling points, including “a great medical school [known for] cancer research and the treatment center; a great business school; and strong athletics traditions.” “An outstanding research school,” the university’s prestige is well known in the Beehive State and widely regarded as well-earned. Students in the Eccles MBA programs are no out­liers in this regard; they enthusiastically praise both their program and the university that hosts it. There are strong synergies between the Eccles School of Business and the university at large. The university’s offerings in healthcare, international studies, and engineering all impact a business program that has “a strong reputation for innovation and technology commercialization” and provides “opportunities in the life science industry.” Eccles’ great­est strength is in entrepreneurship, with a program that creates “a great niche for entrepre­neurs who want to team up with engineers and the life sciences.” Highlights of the entre­preneurship program include the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, which the university sponsors; the student-run Venture Development Fund; the Lassonde New Venture Center, a “great experience that allows business students to partner with researchers on campus to commercialize technology”; and Gangplank, “a club that connect[s] aspiring students to successful entrepreneurs.” Eccles offers a full-time MBA, a Professional MBA (part-time) that “caters to working pro­fessionals,” and an Executive MBA; the last is “the top-ranked EMBA program in the region,” with a student body numbering over 100. All programs benefit from “terrific pro­fessors” who “bring real-world experience and insight to class.” The program is rigorous, with “material taught in class [that] is the same that is taught at Harvard, Georgetown, University of Chicago, etc., because that was where our professors were recruited from.” Administrators are “very hands-on to ensure that the education is of quality and that the experience of the MBA courses is exciting and relevant.”

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Lassonde Entrepreneurship Center, Lassonde New Venture Development Center, University Venture Fund, James LeVoy Sorenson Center for Discovery and Innovation Studies, Ivory-Boyer Real Estate Center, Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    Student groups at the university level. Faculty and staff receive training in LGBT issues. Gay MBA club started 2010.

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Arranged by various program offices.

  • Research Facilities:

    Lassonde Entrepreneurship Center, Lassonde New Venture Development Center, University Venture Fund, James LeVoy Sorenson Center for Discovery and Innovation Studies, Ivory-Boyer Real Estate Center, Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative

  • Women Support Groups:

    Women's Initiative Luncheon Series

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Utah David Eccles School of Business include:

Spencer Kirk - Co-Founder, Megahertz(Retired); President Extra Space Storage

Geoffrey Wooley - Founding Partner, Dominion Ventures

Norm Wesley - Former Chair and CEO, Fortune Brands

Robert A. McDonald - Chair and CEO, Procter and Gamble

J. Willard Marriot, II - Executive Chairman, Marriott International

School Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Instructure, Ford Motor Company, Extra Space Storage, Adobe, Proctor and Gamble

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Other 42% $61,382
Business 39% $72,428
Other 34% $60,372
Operations / Logistics 33% $65,013
Marketing / Sales 29% $80,938
Technical 27% $71,458
Finance / Accounting 19% $68,375
Other 13% $58,625
Government 6% $65,700
Financial Services 6% $64,999
Manufacturing 6% $71,800
Information Technology 4% $81,000
Non Profit 4% $62,000
Human Resources 2% $86,400

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 74%
Three Month Employment 15%
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