START Desk Resources
At the Huntsman School, we believe in empowering our students to own their education and their careers. The Huntsman School of Business offers students many opportunities to grow and develop new skills through learning and hands on experiences. START here on your journey to academic and career success!
Drop-in Resume Reviews (Virtual)
We know appointments fill up quickly with your career coach, but you can still get your resume reviewed and ready! Utilize the virtual drop-in resume reviews where you will meet with one of our trained student mentors.
Mentors are available: Monday through Friday, September 14th - September 24th | 9 am to 4 pm. Please be aware that staff will meet with students in the order they arrived. We will get you in as soon as possible!
Career development opportunities include exploring careers, preparing professional documents, and then being career-ready by gaining the skills employers want and truly engaging in the process.
No matter what you want to study, we have what you need to succeed in an ever-changing business environment.
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Skills Employers Want: Career Readiness Opportunities
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has gathered the top competencies that employers want to see in their employees. The Career Readiness Opportunity is a systematic way for you to develop and articulate these skills so you can successfully transition to the workplace.
Through one-on-one, personalized visits, advisors can provide valuable and timely information to students. Advisors help students discover opportunities that will provide them invaluable out of the classroom experiences that will help set them apart from other candidates in their field.
Learn how skilled accounting graduates are in high demand as they play the vital role of communicating financial information about a business to shareholders, managers, and other decision-makers.
The business acumen provides the platform upon which students can develop specific skills and competencies offered by the School's majors and minors. Students are required to earn a “C” or better in all acumen courses. Please see this article for further instructions on Major specific minimum grade requirements.
Business Administration (Teach Out)
The Huntsman School is no longer admitting new students to the Business Administration Major but are admitting students to the Management major. Students who are already declared Business Administration Majors will be able to complete their degree program.
Career Action Plan
The Career Action Plan (CAP) is a personal, step-by-step method to discover your career objectives. Here you will discover what majors and careers align with your own interests, values, and strengths. This is an opportunity to really invest upfront on yourself to begin (or change) your career path.
Career Exploration Trips
Connect with alumni, get career advice, job search tips and enjoy an immersive workplace experience. Engage in first-hand opportunities for meaningful careers with our Career Exploration Trips.
The Huntsman Career Expo is your opportunity to make early connections with key professionals and learn about internship and employment opportunities with 50 of the Huntsman School’s best corporate partners. Get your suit cleaned, get your resume polished and start practicing your personal elevator pitch!
Career Management Competency
You are able to navigate and explore job options, understand and take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and know how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace." Learn how to better understand and articulate these skills by completing a Career Management challenge or by articulating a significant past experience.
A Case Interview is a job interview technique used predominantly by management consulting firms but is growing in popularity among investment banks and tech companies. These ‘story-like’ questions reveal creative and analytical problem-solving capabilities while under pressure.
Clubs and Organizations
The Huntsman Difference is the exceptional experiences inside the classroom combined with the valuable opportunities outside the classroom. Students are encouraged to own their education with the numerous resources available throughout the school, including 23 amazing clubs and organizations.
A course description is a brief summary of the significant learning experiences for a course. Course descriptions appear in individual course outlines and in the Program of Studies (POSs) for individual programs.
Students may repeat up to ten courses in their academic career if needed however, there is a difference between the USU repeat policy and the Huntsman School of Business repeat policy.
Creating a Cover Letter
A cover letter is a powerful way to demonstrate your written communication skills, and showcase information you could not explain in your resume. Though not all employers require cover letters, many still consider it essential to filter potential candidates. A customized cover letter could be the key to getting an interview.
Creating a Resume
A resume is a marketing tool used to demonstrate the skills and the value you bring to a company. It is crucial to effectively articulate and customize your appropriate skills to the job position.
Critical Thinking/Problem Solving Competency
Employers rated critical thinking/problem solving as the most important skill they seek in job candidates. Start where you are to improve this competency by completing one of the challenges to improve your Critical Thinking/Problem Solving skills. It is important to be become a critical thinker and problem solver and equally important to know how to articulate this skill to employers.
Data Analytics & Information Systems
Learn more about how Data Analytics & Information Systems students enjoy the highest placement rates and starting salaries of any business major because of the unique focus on data analytics and cutting-edge information systems technologies.
DegreeWorks is USU’s degree-audit tool. A degree audit worksheet is a review of past and current coursework organized into completed and incomplete requirements.
Differential tuition is additional tuition above the tuition charged by the university. Currently, six of the seven colleges at Utah State University charge differential tuition.
Digital Technology Competency
Whether you naturally gravitate toward technology or fall more into the category of being a "late adopter" of technology, learn how technology is affecting your desired industry and career and how you can use it to leverage your professional opportunities by completing one of these challenges.
Do Graduate Programs Have Prerequisite Courses?
Each graduate program has its own requirements regarding prerequisites. To find prerequisite information on your specific program, follow the links listed here.
Do I Have to Complete my General Education Requirements Before I can be Admitted Into the Huntsman School of Business?
You do not have to complete your general education requirements to be admitted to the Huntsman School, however; general education requirements must be completed before graduation.
Do the Huntsman School Graduate Programs Require Work Experience?
Although work experience will strengthen your admissions chances, work experience is not a requirement for most of the Huntsman School's graduate programs.
Economics is the social science that analyzes the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services in order to explain how economies work. Students in the economics major learn how to think critically, solve problems, work with numbers, in addition to a variety of other skills.
An elevator pitch is a brief persuasive speech that conveys who you are and is used to spark interest in you. Typically, about 1-3 sentence statement which communicates why you are someone worth hiring. It should be about 20-30 seconds in length.
Take your education to the next level by coupling your classroom experience at the Huntsman School with hands-on learning and event opportunities. Be more than a classroom student!
Finance students learn to manage the monetary resources of organizations, countries, and individuals. They also gain the knowledge and preparation necessary to pursue the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam after they graduate.
The Huntsman School of Business offers Global Learning Experiences that facilitate the development of a global mindset and prepare students for entry into a business environment that extends beyond borders. Find out how you can add the world to your resume.
Global/Intercultural Fluency Competency
This competency is defined as the ability to "demonstrate openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and respectful interaction with all people along with an appreciation of individuals’ differences." Although your colleagues will have varying opinions, improving in this competency will allow you to navigate these differences in a respectful way, creating an inclusive workplace.
The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business offers seven business graduate programs. Delivered by renowned faculty, you'll develop new expertise, sharpen your skills, and get an edge in a competitive job market in as little as one year.
Graduate Tuition and Financial Aid Opportunities
The School of Graduate Studies' Website has information on financial aid available to graduate students. The Huntsman School also offers a few opportunities for financial aid.
Graduation is an exciting time in your college career, and you will want to remember to apply for graduation. You have worked hard, and it is almost time to begin the next adventure in your life. Whether you plan to work in business, healthcare, for a non-profit, NGO, or any other sector of the economy, the Huntsman School has put you on the path to a meaningful and productive career.
How Do I Apply to a Graduate Program?
Applications to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business's graduate programs are program-specific. To find out more about applying to your graduate program, please visit the pages listed here.
How Long Does a Huntsman Graduate Program Take?
Each graduate program has its own timeline and course requirements. Visit these links to find out how long your graduate program will take to complete.
How Long Will it Take to Receive my Graduate Application Decision?
After all official paperwork has been submitted and processed by the USU School of Graduate Studies, the application will be delivered to the respective department committee for the official application decision. You will receive an email with the decision within 10 working days.
How Many Elective Credits will I Need After I Complete my Major Requirements?
Visit the general catalog for more information on the major requirements and elective courses. Please see your major advisor if you have additional questions.
How do Credits Transfer Over to USU?
Credits from other universities transfer on a course-by-course basis. To see courses that transfer view the University transfer guide
How do I Change My Major?
When a change of matriculation is desired, a student must go to the department office in which he/she is presently enrolled to initiate the proper paperwork. For a change of major, signatures of representatives from both departments are required on the form before it is sent to the Registrar's Office.
How do I Find Prerequisites for Specific Courses?
Some courses within the curriculum will have prerequisites. Prerequisites must be completed prior to registering for a course. To find a course's prerequisites, visit the course catalog.
How do I Meet With My Undergraduate Advisor?
Through one-on-one, personalized visits, advisors are able to provide valuable and timely information to students. Advisors help students discover opportunities that will provide them invaluable out of the classroom experiences that will help set them apart from other candidates in their field.
How do I Meet With a Career Coach?
Schedule an appointment with a career coach to solidify your professional goals, make a plan for college and beyond, and discover unique, personal career opportunities.
Huntsman Scholar Program
The Huntsman Scholar Program is a highly selective undergraduate business and economics program offered to a select group of Direct Admit students into the Huntsman School on the Logan campus. We are looking for, in Jon Huntsman’s words, “the individual sense of purpose and integrity,” in addition to academic excellence.
Huntsman School Acronyms
Acronyms are an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word itself, such as, NASA or USU. Here you will find a list of commonly used acronyms in the Huntsman School of Business.
Huntsman School Computer Labs
The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business Computer Labs are located in the basement (1st floor) of the Eccles Business Building (EBB). The labs are open access except for when classes are being held in the rooms. Schedules for each room are posted at each entrance.
Huntsman TV Slides
The Eccles Business Building & Huntsman Hall has digital signage on various floors. Learn how to design and submit TV slides to be added to these displays.
An informational interview is when a person investigates a job, career, and/or position by having a conversation with someone connected to the industry in question. This informal interview will usually include advice about the work life, industry trends, career exploration, and even hiring culture.
The International Business Major helps students develop the skills and knowledge needed to provide leadership in the global marketplace. This requires not only being able to manage customers, products, and processes in global supply chains, but also understanding the social, political, and cultural dimensions of business in an international environment.
Internships are a critical step in discovering your career passion and landing meaningful career opportunities. They give you a competitive edge, help you to obtain real-world skillsets and add a layer of richness to your academic experience.
There are different types of interviews, and every interview will be unique to the company giving it. Being prepared for a job interview can be stressful. We will give you tips on what to do before, during, and after an interview.
Is the GMAT/GRE/MAT Required for a Graduate Program or can it be Waived?
Each graduate program has different requirements regarding the GMAT, GRE, and MAT. To find more information regarding your program of interest, follow the links listed here.
Is the Graduation Requirement of 120 Hours Based on Earned Hours or GPA Hours?
The graduation requirement of 120 hours is based on your earned hours.
Congratulations, you have a job offer, but now you need to negotiate some of the terms. Professor Merideth Thompson has the following tips for you.
Job Search Strategies
The 21st century brings a variety of ways to search for jobs. From online social media accounts, Career Exploration Trips, Focused Fridays, club involvement, the Career Expo’s, and more, we will give you the latest tips and methods of finding the right job for you.
Do you speak a second language? Would you like to earn credit for a second language? Language testing is offered for USU students in the Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies Department.
After the waitlist is removed, students that want to add a class that is full can now complete the “Registration Options form.” This shows the add/drop courses. They must receive the instructor’s signature then bring the form to the advisor for authorization. This does not guarantee them a spot in the class, but the advisor will give them the authorization to register if a spot opens.
Many companies now use "behavioral interviewing", a technique in which the applicant is asked to describe past behavior in order to determine whether a candidate is fit for a particular position. Many of these behavioral interviewing based questions are ultimately getting at one of the eight career readiness competencies such as leadership. These challenges will help you reflect on and articulate the career readiness competencies, helping you be more prepared for interview questions and other career opportunities.
Leave of Absence
Undergraduate students who wish to take a break from their studies for one or more semesters (other than summer semester), for a variety of reasons, must file a Leave of Absence or Deferral form online.
We have designed our 7 majors around disciplines most sought after by hiring companies around the world. No matter what you want to study, we have what you need to succeed in an ever-changing global business environment. These programs guarantee a rigorous classroom experience to stretch you to excel in your desired career.
The Management major enables students to acquire a foundation of key concepts and skills that are applicable to organizations in both the private and public sectors, coupled with the technical skills needed to support career paths.
Marketing is an extremely valuable interdisciplinary career path that contains some of the most sought-after skills and positions in the world of business. A marketing degree can open many doors in a wide range of industries including advertising, media, and sales activities. Typically, marketing positions are highly sought after by individuals who consider themselves creative and/or analytical.
Master of Accounting (MAcc) Program
The Master of Accounting (MAcc) program at Utah State University provides students with the opportunity to prepare themselves to be successful in the various career paths available in the accounting profession. With a nationally-ranked pass rate on the CPA exam, the program also helps interested students to successfully prepare for this professional certification exam
Students in the Huntsman School of Business are required to complete STAT 2300 or STAT 2000 as part of their program requirements. In addition, Economics students must also complete MATH 1100 or MATH 1210. You may need to complete a Math placement exam prior to registering for your Math course.
Adding a minor to your program of study is an excellent way to position yourself for career success. With 16 minors to choose from, you can customize your Huntsman experience. Is a business major currently not part of your plan? The business minor is designed to give you the essential business knowledge and skills to complement any major outside the Huntsman School.
Networking is the process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts. A lot of emphasis is put on networking - it is consistently listed as one of the most important ways to get a job.
Online Business Courses
All business acumen courses are offered online. The business acumen, also referred to as the core classes, are the classes that all business students must take, regardless of their specific focus of study.
Online Business Degrees
Business Administration (TEACH OUT) and Economics are the only business degrees offered completely online at this time. However, several degrees are offered through a combination of online classes and at our Statewide Campus locations.
Oral/Written Communication Competency
Strong communication skills are consistently in high demand in the workplace. Oral and written communication skills are essential to navigating team dynamics and projects, solving problems, managing your career, and more. This highly-sought after skill is defined as the "ability to articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization.
Pass/Fail Spring & Summer 2020
Based on the current circumstance, surrounding COVID-19, students are permitted to change any of their courses, including Major and Minor required courses in the Huntsman School of Business, to a Pass/Fail during Spring and Summer 2020 semesters.
The Pre-Business major is available for students preparing to apply for admission into the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. Pre-Business students are not advised by the Huntsman School of Business and will need to work with the Exploratory Advising office in TSC 304.
Prepare for Graduate School
Graduate school is a part of many business students’ career path. Applying to graduate school can be as intensive as applying for a job. If your graduate program requires a college placement test (GRE, MAT, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT.), you will need the resources to prepare yourself.
Professionalism/Work Ethic Competency
Your non-verbal communication, task management, punctuality and other work habits can impact your career long term and has a significant impact on your professional work image. The mission of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is to "develop leaders of distinction in commerce and public affairs." Among other factors, our students will be identified by their strong commitment to ethical leadership.
Most employers require a list of references as part of their job application or hiring process. We will walk you through the process of building your list of professional contacts, reaching out to them, and creating a document to submit to potential employers.
Learn about how to register for classes, view upcoming registration deadlines, and find class schedules at Utah State University.
STAR Response Method
The S.T.A.R. (situation, task, action, result) response method is a popular and successful way to answer questions in an interview when asked about your personal experience. Most employers seek specific behaviors in the candidates they interview, and following STAR, you will clearly communicate your own behavior.
Sample Cover Letters
We have 3 samples of a cover letter to provide you with examples of what industry leaders are expecting from applicants. Seeing a sample cover letter will guide your efforts when creating your own.
Sample Interview Questions
Though every interview will be different, it is wise to have answers ready for a variety of possible questions. We have provided some generic, yet plausible, questions you could be asked. These are Behavior Interview questions, in which a STAR response would need to be prepared and practiced.
We have samples of 12 resumes across multiple majors to give you a visual illustration of what industry leaders are expecting from applicants. Seeing an example of a resume will guide your own efforts in creating your own.
The Huntsman School offers several scholarships that are based on a student’s academic performance (GPA) and financial need. Learn more about scholarship opportunities available through the Huntsman School and USU.
Sections of a Resume
Resumes have defined areas of content, such as contact, education, experience, and so forth. Each will be formatted according to the organization or job you are applying for. We have an overview of each section for your information as you create your own resume.
Utah State's classrooms extend far beyond the borders of its residential campus in Logan. There are 33 campuses and centers across the state where you can take classes via interactive video conferencing, face-to-face with local instructors, or online.
Generally, less upper-division classes are offered during the summer, but most of the business core classes are offered.
Those dreaded group projects do not end when you are awarded your diploma, which is arguably something to look forward to! You can learn a great deal from working with others in teams and other collaborative settings. So put that group project to work in strengthening this competency or select another challenge in its place.
Telling Your Story
Though every interview will be different, it is wise to have answers ready for a variety of possible questions. We have provided some generic, yet plausible, questions you could be asked. These are Behavior Interview questions, in which a STAR response would need to be prepared and practiced.
Thank You Notes and Emails
Following up an interview with a Thank You note or email is a crucial component of landing a job. Though there is mixed opinion whether you need a physical note or just an electronic email; 86% of employers said the absence of a note shows a lack of follow-through.
This Week at Huntsman Email and Calendar Events
The weekly email is a great way to reach faculty, staff, and students that attend the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. This email is sent out every Monday during the Fall and Spring semesters. Events for the email are pulled from the Huntsman Calendar.
USU Important Dates
It is important to own your education and part of that is knowing when important dates and deadlines are approaching at USU.
Undergraduate Admission Application
Students interested in attending the Jon M Huntsman School of Business should apply to Utah State University, declare a business major and complete the following admission requirements.
Undergraduate Admission Requirements
At the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, we provide students a high-quality undergraduate business experience. Along with career-relevant classes and professors who care, students have opportunities to study abroad, participate in internships, and apply classroom business principles in the real world. Dare mighty things and declare business.
Upper-Division Course Prerequisites
Prerequisites for upper-division (3000 and above) courses in the Huntsman School of Business.
Students who attempt to register for a class that is full may put themselves on a waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. When an open seat becomes available, an e-mail will be sent to the “preferred” e-mail address of the student at the top of the waiting list.
What Kind of Careers are Available to Graduates of the Huntsman School?
Huntsman School alumni are making a difference around the globe, in all kinds of career fields. We believe an education at the Huntsman School prepares you to think analytically, with a global vision and an entrepreneurial spirit.
What is it Like to Live in Logan Utah?
Logan City is a vibrant, growing university community with a conscientious and highly-educated workforce.
What is the Application Deadline for Graduate Admission?
Application deadlines to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business's graduate programs are program-specific. To find out more about when you need to apply to your graduate program, please visit the pages listed here.
What is the Difference Between a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science Degree?
The main difference between these two degrees is a foreign language requirement. Students who complete two years’ training or equivalent in an approved foreign language, or one year or equivalent in each of two foreign languages, may qualify for a Bachelor of Arts degree.
When Can I Start My Graduate Program?
Starting dates for each graduate program within the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.
When Do I Apply for Undergraduate Admission to the Huntsman School?
Students may apply for admission after they have completed several requirements. Applications must be received by specific dates for Fall and Spring deadlines.
When Will I Hear About My Undergraduate Application Decision?
When the semester is finished, and ALL grades have posted admission applications will be reviewed and you will be notified of your application decision via email.
When Will I Receive My Diploma
The diploma is processed through the Registrar's Office and is typically mailed 6-8 weeks after the last day of class. It will be mailed to the address you submitted on your application.
When is the Last Day I Can Add/Drop Course or Change to Pass/Fail?
Important dates, such as when the last day to add or drop a class, can be found in the registration calendar.
Which Graduate Programs are Available in the Dual Degree Offerings?
The Huntsman School of Business offers three concurrent-degree options. Earning a concurrent degree can reduce the time it takes to complete both programs, saving time and money while exponentially increasing career potential.
Who is my Graduate Advisor and How do I Schedule an Appointment?
Each graduate program in the Huntsman School of Business has dedicated advisors to guide students towards career and academic success. Utilizing your graduate advisor is a key step towards earning your degree.
Why Apply to the Huntsman School's Undergraduate Program?
Admission to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is an important step toward graduation. Students must be admitted into the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business before they can register for 3000 to 5000-level courses. Admission is also required to start the graduation application process.
Why Can't I Register for Specific Courses?
If you are unable to register for a specific course, you should receive an error message in Banner that will explain what is keeping you from registering.
Why Can't I Register for Upper Division Business Courses?
In order to register for upper-division business courses, you must have a declared Business major and have 40 credits with a 2.75 GPA.
Why Choose the Huntsman School's Graduate Program?
The purpose of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is to be a career accelerator for our students and an engine of growth for our communities, the state, the nation, and the world. Our education is focused around our four pillars: Global Vision, Analytical Rigor, Entrepreneurial Spirit and Ethical Leadership.