Huntsman Post

New Joint Venture Launched With BYU-Idaho

By Steve Eaton

This January it will become much easier for people in the Rexburg, Idaho, area to become Aggies.

The BYU-Idaho campus

Photo by Mike Lewis

In July 2012, the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business announced it had come to an agreement with Brigham Young University-Idaho that will allow students the opportunity to obtain a Utah State University Master of Business Administration degree on the Rexburg campus.

Since the announcement MBA officials at the Huntsman School of Business have received more than 70 inquiries about the degree that will be offered starting in January 2013.

Faculty members from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business will teach the MBA courses. The program will offer the same curriculum taught at USU, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, strategic thinking, decision-making skills, leadership, and effective communication. Classes will be taught on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.

“BYU-Idaho is pleased to collaborate with Utah State in a way that provides some exciting opportunities,” said Fenton L. Broadhead, academic vice president at BYU-Idaho. “This new agreement allows for a graduate school experience here in Rexburg for students, employees, and the local community.”

Konrad S. Lee, faculty director of the MBA Program, said the Huntsman School of Business welcomes the opportunity to offer a master’s degree in Rexburg.

“The Huntsman School’s focus on developing ethical and innovative business leaders who understand the global marketplace, will mesh well with the direction and momentum of BYU-Idaho,” he said.

Lee said when BYU-Idaho was a two-year school, students often came to USU to finish their undergraduate degrees. Since it became a four-year school, many have opted to obtain their MBA’s at the Huntsman School of Business. He said there has long been an informal connection between the two universities.

“There are working professionals in Idaho who like the Huntsman name, what it stands for, and what it has to offer,” Prof. Lee said. “They have seen our positive trajectory and want to be a part of that. This new approach will allow us to serve students who are not able to drive to Logan each week to take classes.”

Current BYU-Idaho students, employees, recent graduates, and other interested individuals from local communities are eligible to apply. Tuition for the two-year, 36-credit program is approximately $25,000 and the application deadline for Winter Semester 2013 is Nov. 15. Admissions decisions will be made by USU under the same standards as for students applying for the Huntsman School’s other professional MBA programs.

Those interested in learning more about the program, including admissions requirements, may visit HuntsmanMBA.com or phone (435) 797-2360.