UM College of Business Ranks Best in Big Sky

September 09, 2019

UM's College of Business ranks among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report 2020 rankings.MISSOULA – The University of Montana College of Business ranks among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report 2020 rankings released Sept. 9.

For a fourth consecutive year, the college earned at least a share of the top spot in the Big Sky Conference. After holding sole possession of the honor in the previous rankings, this year the top spot is shared with the University of Idaho.

“The University of Montana’s College of Business provides transformative learning experiences, which help our students achieve great career opportunities,” said Dean Suzanne Tilleman. “Rankings such as these help parents and students realize the exceptional value of a UM College of Business education.”

The Big Sky Conference comprises universities in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, California and Utah. The UM College of Business came in 153rd in the nation, more than 70 spots over the next Montana institution.

UM College of Business was also one of just three Big Sky Conference institutions to make the U.S. News and World Report Social Mobility rankings. These rankings measure how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants – those typically coming from households whose family incomes are less than $50,000 annually.

The College of Business offers six undergraduate majors in accounting, finance, international business, management, management information systems and marketing. At the graduate level, it offers the only separately accredited master of accountancy in Montana and the first master of science in business analytics in the Pacific Northwest. Its Master of Business Administration, which is the only degree of its kind in the state, lets students earn their diploma online without stepping foot on campus.

With nearly 20,000 alumni, the college has a strong track record of preparing students to launch successful careers as leaders in their chosen fields. UM business alumni rise to management positions with global powerhouse companies like Microsoft, Nike, KPMG and Boeing and launch careers as accountants, IT consultants, marketing professionals and entrepreneurs – work that bolsters local economies in Montana and beyond.

UM accounting programs, which have longstanding reputations for preparing top grads, ranks nationally for its CPA exam pass rate and was recently ranked for having the top undergraduate and master’s programs in the region and nation.

Overall, U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Montana at 254th among public and private universities nationally. To view the complete rankings, visit

For more about UM’s College of Business, visit


Contact: Garrett Finke, director of marketing and communications, UM College of Business, 406-243-4436,