David Eccles School of Business

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David Eccles School of Business (logo).png
Former name
School of Commerce & Finance
Established 1917 (1917)
Type Public
Dean Taylor Randall
Academic staff
Undergraduates 4,409
Postgraduates 1,235
Location Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Campus Map
Language English
Website www.business.utah.edu

The David Eccles School of Business is located on the campus in Salt Lake City, Utah. The school was founded as the "School of Commerce & Finance" in 1917 and subsequently changed its name to "School of Business" in 1927 although business classes were taught through the Economics & Sociology department at the university starting in 1896. The David Eccles School of Business is located on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, Utah. The school currently offers eight undergraduate majors, four MBA, five other graduate programs, a PhD program, and executive education offerings.[1] The Eccles School is home to over 31,000 alumni in all 50 U.S. states and many countries.

The School is also home to several prominent centers and institutes including the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, the Sorenson Center for Global Impact Investing, and the Ivory-Boyer Real Estate Center.


The school is the namesake of David Eccles, a Utah industrialist who was the first multimillionaire in the state.

In 1896, University of Utah business education was part of the Economics and Sociology Department. The need to expand academic offerings lead the University of Utah to establish the School of Commerce and Finance in 1917. In its first year, 126 students enrolled, over the next 80 years the enrollment figure increased over 25 times. Today, the David Eccles School of Business educates over 4100 students in six departments of study.

In 1927,[2] the name of the school was changed to "School of Business" and course divisions included Accounting, Distribution and Production, Finance, and Economics. In 1933, the first graduate degrees were awarded. The School of Business was officially accredited by the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business in August 1936. In 1955, the MBA program was instituted at the School of Business.[3] The School's first MBA degrees were awarded in 1957, and its departments were reorganized to Accounting, Finance, Management, and Marketing.

In 1991 a $15 million endowment was given by Eccles’ youngest daughter, Emma Eccles Jones,[4] to honor the legacy of her late father, David Eccles. With that gift, the school was renamed to the David Eccles School of Business.[5][6] David Eccles was a leading pioneer industrialist who in the latter part of the 19th century founded 48 businesses in various sectors throughout Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Wyoming.


C. Roland Christensen Center

The University of Utah campus is located on the lower bench of the Rocky Mountains within driving distance of seven ski resorts and five national parks. The David Eccles School of Business is located on the southern end of campus. Currently the business school campus includes the Business Classroom Building (BuC), the C. Roland Christensen Center (CRCC),[7] and the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building (SFEBB).

The SFEBB, the school’s flagship building, broke ground[8] in 2011[9][10] and had a complete project cost of $72 million.[11] It was the first LEED Certified building on the University of Utah’s main campus.[12] Its doors were opened to faculty and staff in November 2012[13][14] and to students attending class in January 2013.[15]

The David Eccles School of Business is located on the south end of Central Campus. Current business facilities include the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building (SFEBB) and the C. Roland Christensen Center (CRCC).


Eccles' programs include a 21-month weekend-based Executive MBA program, a high-level management program designed for experienced professionals with an average work experience of 14 years, and a 24-month weeknights-based Professional MBA program with an average of five years of full-time work experience. The EMBA program has most recently ranked 30th nationally and 95th globally by the Financial Times. It is the only school in Utah to be ranked in the Financial Times’ top-100 Executive MBA programs.

The full-time MBA program made the largest leap in the 2014 Bloomberg BusinessWeek rankings currently checking in at #61.[16] The MAcc, MSF, and MSIS programs are all well regarded and the Master of Real Estate Development program is one of 5 in the western half of the United States.



  • Professional MBA No. 52 in the nation, No. 7 in the west (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)[21]
  • Full-time MBA No 63 (U.S. News & World Report 2015 rankings)[22]
  • MSF No 20 in the world (Finance Management Association)[23]
  • Public Accounting Report 2013: Undergrad accounting No. 22, MAcc 22 in nation. Among mid-sized schools, MAcc No. 8 in nation, undergrad No. 7 in nation
  • EMBA No. 88 in the world (Financial Times, 2011) [24][25]
  • EMBA No. 33 in the world and No. 26 in the US, No. 4 in the West (Businessweek 2013)[26]
  • PMBA No. 37 in the nation, No. 9 in the West (BusinessWeek 2013)[27]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.business.utah.edu/
  2. ^ http://www.business.utah.edu/page/history
  3. ^ http://www.business.utah.edu/page/history
  4. ^ http://www.business.utah.edu/page/namesake
  5. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/201939/U-DEDICATES-DAVID-ECCLES-SCHOOL-OF-BUSINESS-IN-HONOR-OF-15-MILLION-GIFT-FROM-PIONEERS-KIN.html?pg=all
  6. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/187003/U-SCHOOL-OF-BUSINESS-WILL-ADD-ECCLES-TO-NAME.html?pg=all
  7. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/652207/New-era-of-business-dawning-at-U.html?pg=all
  8. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865561665/Construction-at-Utah-university-campuses-mark-growth.html?pg=all
  9. ^ http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_11968418
  10. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/635198027/Eccles-School-getting-new-look.html?pg=all
  11. ^ http://www.business.utah.edu/page/campus-facilities
  12. ^ http://www.mhtn.com/work/highered/det_hed_07.html
  13. ^ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/52881633-78/function.mysql-connect
  14. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865585714/Photo-gallery-New-Spencer-Fox-Eccles-Business-Building-construction-complete.html?pg=all
  15. ^ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/56830814-79/building-business-career-million.html.csp
  16. ^ http://www.bloomberg.com/bschools/rankings/#0
  17. ^ http://www.business.utah.edu/
  18. ^ http://www.business.utah.edu/
  19. ^ http://www.business.utah.edu/
  20. ^ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/55677768-79/sorenson-center-impact-university.html.csp
  21. ^ http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/articles/2014/03/11/us-news-releases-2015-best-graduate-schools-rankings
  22. ^ http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/articles/2014/03/11/us-news-releases-2015-best-graduate-schools-rankings
  23. ^ http://www.fma.org/
  24. ^ http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/rankings
  25. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705393088/University-of-Utahs-business-school-gains-in-top-MBA-ranking.html?pg=all
  26. ^ http://www.bloomberg.com/bschools/rankings/#2
  27. ^ http://www.bloomberg.com/bschools/rankings/#1

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