John B. Goddard School of Business and Economics


The Goddard School offers the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc) and Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Forty-five total credits are required to complete the MPAcc, including 15 elective credits. Required courses for the MPAcc include:

  • Consolidations
  • Governmental Accounting
  • Financial Accounting Theory
  • Cost Accounting
  • Auditing Concepts
  • Advanced Cost Accounting
  • Tax Research and Planning
  • Audit Techniques and Cases
  • Database Theory and Design
  • Data Communications
  • Electives

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by transferring graduate credits from other universities.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 year; maximum, 2 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 years; maximum, 5 years.

In a recent year, there were 23 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom held a doctorate; there were 6 part-time faculty, of whom 83% held a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated below average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 25; average business class size is 15.


A bachelor’s degree is required. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x GPA) + GMAT, or minimum 1130. Most important admissions factors are GMAT results and grades in upper-level courses. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for a recent class was 125; 87 were accepted; 85 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.3; average GMAT score was 560. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, winter, and spring. To apply, students must submit an application form, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, 2 letters of recommendation, and a resume. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 3 years from admission. Check with the school for current application deadlines and fee.

Financial Aid

About 44% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $2838 annually; maximum $8835. Check with the school for current application deadlines and further information on the MBA program.

Tuition for in-state residents is approximately $250 per credit. Nonresidents pay $640 per credit. On-campus room and board costs approximately $5300; books and supplies, $900; personal expenses, $2800, for an estimated annual total of $14,750 for in-state residents and $22,230 for out-of-state residents. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Forty-two percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time. The greatest percentage of students are from Utah (89%). Twenty-nine percent are women and 11% are minorities. Four percent already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 94%, business; 2%, economics; 2%, engineering; and 2%, social sciences. About 2% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 98% remain to receive their degree. In a recent year, 40 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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