MSU’s Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship (Jabs) has a mission of inspiring creativity, innovation, and growth. We aim to provide a collaborative and personalized environment, connecting students to opportunities in a dynamic community. Here is a quick look at what makes us unique and why our college is an engaging place to be.
An aerial view of Jabs Hall, home to MSU's Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship. Photo courtesy of Valley Glass & Window.
Jabs at MSU is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only 5% of all business programs worldwide have earned AACSB accreditation, including Stanford, Michigan, MIT, UCLA and all high reputation programs. It is the most rigorous accreditation a business college can earn.
Small Class Size, Learning from the Best
Average undergraduate class size is 30 students and offers an experiential skills-based curriculum. Every class is taught by a faculty member; not a single class is taught by a graduate student. All students have access to advisors to guide them through their college careers.
Our faculty serve as great mentors and advisors for students. They have earned Ph.D., Juris Doctor and MBA or masters degrees from the top programs in the country -- Stanford, Michigan, Oregon, MIT, Arizona State, University of Utah, and others. Students also learn from faculty who have held senior positions in such companies as FedEx, Saatchi & Saatchi, ESPN, NASDAQ, Booz Allen Hamilton, and several are current business owners.
Total enrollment (Fall 2019): 1,533 undergraduates, 36 graduate students
Administration & Staff:16
Communications Coaches: 8
Number of programs: 13 academic offerings
2 graduate degree: Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) and Master of Science in Innovation and Management (MSIM)
2 certificates: Business, Entrepreneurship
2020 AMA Chapter: MSU's student chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) enjoyed a strong showing at the 42nd annual AMA International Collegiate Conference, receiving recognition in six competitions and taking home a first place award and two second place awards. MSU students earned 1st place in the student research competition and 2nd in the national sales competition and marketing strategy competition. AMA tied for 3rd in the case competition (client: Cotton, Inc). The organization was also named one of the Top 10 chapters out of more than 400 student chapters worldwide. For full details and recognition: https://www.montana.edu/news/19801/
MFT-Business National Test: The average score of the 154 MSU seniors who took the Major Field Test for the Bachelor’s Degree in Business in spring 2019 was higher than the average score of seniors at 94% of the 496 schools that have administered the test over the last two years. Prof. Brown, who oversees administration of the test, said the average score of MSU business seniors has consistently hovered around the 90th percentile compared to other universities, but he said that the spring 2019 seniors earned one of the highest scores ever recorded at the college. Full article: https://www.montana.edu/news/18736/
BMKT 406 Advertising Team: Fourteen business and graphic design students in a year-long advertising class placed first at the regional National Student Advertising Competition in Seattle, Washington.
They advanced to the semifinals where they landed in the Top 8 teams nationally. The students competed at the national competition in Chicago, Illinois where they impressed judges so much that they were given an impromptu award and prize money. http://www.montana.edu/news/17829/
The class also took first place at the regional competition in 2017; second in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2019, and third in 2016.
2018 Merit Award: MSU's Management and Human Resources Club received an award recognizing the superior growth and development opportunities the club provides to its members. The 2017-2018 Merit Award was given by The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), the world's largest HR association. The professional development for students included participation in a series of events, including meetings with both local and out-of-state businesses and human resource specialty panels, opportunities to practice networking skills and participation in a statewide human resources competition. http://www.montana.edu/news/17795
Employment: Our graduates have taken jobs with a wide range of national, multi-national and Montana-based organizations. Just in the past five years, our alumni have hired on with well-known businesses including KPMG (accounting ’19), BlackRock (finance ’18), Amazon (management ’15), and R/GA Tokyo (marketing ’15). Based on the Career Destinations self-survey, 94% of undergraduates and 100% of our MPAc graduates reported full or part-time employment or continuing education following graduation.
Most affordable accounting masters program: Our program made the AccountingEdu.org list of the most affordable 2018-2019 master's degrees in accounting for the state of Montana. The rankings focused on value to the student, according to the organization’s website. To make its rankings, AccountingEdu.org compiled information on both public and private schools in each state that achieved a first-time pass rate better than the national average and had the best cost per credit hour in a semester hour system. From there, it examined other features and benefits to students such as paid internships, curriculum, job placement assistance, study abroad options and more. http://www.montana.edu/news/17988/
Venture Support: The MSU Blackstone LaunchPad (BLP), which is housed under our college, is an entrepreneurial resource for students, alumni and faculty across the university and community. They offer coaching, ideation assistance, and venture creation support. Since its inception in 2013, the LaunchPad and its staff has helped generate more than 90 ventures. With a physical presence in the Strand Union Building (SUB) next to the Union Market, the BLP has assisted hundreds of individuals and teams from across campus and multiple disciplines since its grand opening in 2013. http://www.montana.edu/news/17777/.
Office of Student Services (OSS): General help hub for students including class registration, academic advising, and policy clarification.
Orser Executive Speakers Forum speakers and other recent distinguished guest have included:
- Gerald Grinstein, past CEO of Delta Airlines
- Tim Solso, former chairman of General Motors and CEO of Cummins
- Nicole Jones ’97, senior law enforcement and security counsel at Google
- Rich Barton, founder of Expedia, Inc., Zillow, and Glassdoor
- Scott Marlette, co-founder of GoodRx
- Jamie Siminoff, founder of Ring
Student Clubs & Organizations: 10
- American Indigenous Business Leaders (AIBL)
- American Marketing Association (AMA) at Montana State
- Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting Club)
- Collegiate DECA (currently inactive)
- Enactus/Social Impact Club
- Finance Club
- International Business Club (IBC)
- LaunchCats (currently inactive)
- Management & HR Club
- Women in Business (currently inactive)
Career and Employment Info: http://www.montana.edu/business/prospective-students/career-employment-information.html
The Location: Jabs Hall
Square Feet: 50,830
Classrooms: 11, Computer Classrooms/Labs: 2, Classrooms without windows: 0
Team and Conference Rooms for students: 9
Student Social/Collaboration Spaces: 13
Regularly Occupied Spaces with Daylight Views: 90.6%
Recycling Stations: 4+
LEED Gold designation
Jabs/College of Business alumni (2019): 10,843
Some companies founded/co-founded or owned by Jabs alumni:
- Armstrong Marketing Solutions
- Ascent MT
- Clark’s Fork
- Colt James Ranches, Montana Chop Sticks
- Cricket Clothing Co.
- Fleck Jurenka, LLP
- Fly Free Jewelry
- Foundant Technologies
- H2A Partners
- Jeremiah Johnson Brewing Co.
- Right Channel Radios
- RSVP Motel, The Farmer's Daughters
- Sly Dog Productions
- Triple Tree, LLC
- The Work Spot
- The Wrap Agency, PintPass
University Bragging Rights
Perhaps best known for outdoor recreation, Bozeman also has the cultural amenities of a much larger city including a symphony, opera, and ballet companies, as well as many locally-owned shops, restaurants and galleries that make Downtown vibrant. Skiing, hiking, camping, biking, climbing, and fishing options are endless because Bozeman is surrounded by five mountain ranges including the Bridger, Tobacco Root, Big Belt, Gallatin and Madison ranges; and the Gallatin, Madison and Yellowstone Rivers are all within a half hour of campus. There is plenty of National Forest land to explore, and Yellowstone National Park is just 90 miles away.
Money magazine named Bozeman No. 10 on its 2017 Best Places to Live.
Students Connect with Businesses While in School
Students who take advantage of internship opportunities during their college years reap many rewards. From real-world business experience and on-the-job training in professionalism and skill building to an enriched undergraduate educational experience, these rewards stay with them throughout their professional careers. To the right is an accounting students who completed an internship with Simms Fishing and was offered a position following his graduation.