UM College of Business Ranks No. 1 in Big Sky Conference

September 11, 2018

A student studies in UM’s Gallagher Business Building. MISSOULA – The University of Montana College of Business ranks among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report 2019 rankings released Sept. 10. The college earned the top spot in the Big Sky Conference after sharing the honor with the University of Idaho the past two years.

“Between the added services, stellar curriculum and internship experiences we offer students, we know UM is the top choice for students who want to pursue a business degree in Montana and the entire region,” said Chris Shook, the Sprunk and Burnham Endowed Dean of the College of Business.

The Big Sky Conference comprises universities in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, California and Utah. The UM business college came in 127th, more than 100 spots over the next Montana institution. It moved up from the 151st spot in 2018.

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, allows students to earn their diploma online without stepping foot on campus.

With nearly 20,000 alumni, the college has a strong track record of preparing students who launch successful careers to become leaders in their chosen fields. UM business alumni hold 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 long-standing reputations for preparing top grads, recently ranked nationally for its CPA exam pass rate and ranked in the country’s top 20 in a survey of U.S. accounting faculty.

On Sept. 21-22, the college will celebrate its centennial anniversary with a weekend of festivities on campus and in Missoula.

“We have a lot to celebrate as we turn 100,” Shook said. “Another ranking that puts us among the best in the country is certainly one of those things.”

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Contact: Elizabeth Willy, director of marketing and communications, UM College of Business, 406-243-4436,