Our School of Business and Economics prepares graduates to innovatively respond to challenges and opportunities in a global environment. We enhance the University’s technological prominence through influential scholarship, experiential learning, and stakeholder outreach.
The School of Business and Economics produces tech-savvy business graduates and business-savvy STEM graduates.
Educational Value Statements
Driving innovation through experiential learning.
Global thinking, local action.
Diversity, inclusion, and ethics.
About the School
Originally founded in 1949 as the Department of Engineering Administration, the School of Business and Economics currently provides an AACSB accredited curriculum in six undergraduate business majors; Accounting, Engineering Management, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing and two graduate degrees; the Tech MBA® Program, and a Master's of Science in Accounting. The School also offers bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in Applied Natural Resource Economics.
In alignment with the Michigan Tech Strategic Plan, the School of Business and Economics provides real world, business development experiences in our undergraduate curriculum. We work to prepare our students for a culture where technology is impacting our lives faster than ever before and where business development will be the key to our students’ success. Our students leave with the knowledge of theory and practical experience needed to succeed.
Building on the University's technological prominence, the School of Business and Economics is proud to offer our undergraduate and graduate students the education of a lifetime.
Points of Pride
- All of our undergraduate business majors (accounting, finance, engineering management,management, management information systems, and marketing), and two graduate degrees; Tech MBA® Program and a Master's of Science in Accounting are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Our AACSB accreditation was reaffirmed in spring of 2016.
Students in our Applied Portfolio Management Program won the 2007, 2008, 2014 annual RISE national investment competition and the 2014 and 2015 GAME national investment competition in the value category, based on their actual investment results of $1.5 million of real money.
- Students in the School of Business and Economics have participated in THE Project competition sponsored by the West Michigan Chapter of the Project Management Institute (WMPMI) (https://www.mtu.edu/business/student-engagement/the-project/). Our students have experience great success since the inception of the WMPMI competition six years ago. We are the only school to place in the top 4 all six years. Last year the team placed 1st and received $5000. We have had at least one team place each year and in two years we had two teams place in the top 4.
- Our students donate their time to help students and low-income community members file their income taxes each spring through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
- Entrepreneurial students from Michigan Tech compete for $30,000 in the New Venture Competition a joint business plan competition between Michigan Tech and Central Michigan University.
- The Silicon Valley Experience provides Michigan Tech students with the opportunity to travel to the innovation hub of the U.S., where they visit companies like Google, Autodesk, Brocade, Cisco, Plug n' Play, Tesla and more.
- In the recent years, two of our faculty have won the University's Distinguished Teaching Award.
Michigan Technological University is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, an area attractive to students and faculty who thrive in a rugged and beautiful environment.
Houghton, home of the University, lies in the heart of Upper Michigan's scenic Keweenaw Peninsula. The campus overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway, a long, winding ribbon of water that divides the peninsula. Just a few miles from campus, on either end of the waterway, lies Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area.
Houghton is part of the Houghton-Hancock twin-city center of approximately 12,000 residents. The University's more than 7,000 students from many states and nations make the area a vibrant, multicultural community. Houghton is home to many exciting cultural activities, including the annual fall Parade of Nations, a celebration of the community’s diversity.
Only minutes from campus, the Tech Trails offer nearly 40 miles of well-maintained hiking, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing trails located in the six-hundred-acre recreational forest adjoining Michigan Tech's campus.
Accreditation Means Superior Quality
The School of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This voluntary review of educational institutions has been evaluating the practice of business schools for over 90 years. AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Being AACSB-accredited means a business school is able to continuously pass a strict set of standards that are designed to ensure quality. This is why AACSB-accredited business schools are the best in the world.
Only a very small percentage of business schools worldwide hold AACSB business accreditation. All of our undergraduate business majors (accounting, finance, engineering management, management, management information systems, and marketing), the Tech MBA® Program and the Master's in Accounting Program are accredited. Learn more on the AACSB website.