Graduate Programs

The Marriott School of Management’s top-ranked graduate programs help prepare men and women of faith, character, and professional ability for positions of leadership throughout the world.


The master of accountancy program offers a general background in accounting, with an emphasis on business-related subjects and an in-depth study of one or more areas of accounting. Over a five-year span, students may earn their bachelor and master of accountancy degrees concurrently. Both degrees will be awarded to students upon graduation day.

Two emphases are offered within the MAcc program: professional accountancy and tax. The professional accountancy emphasis is designed for students who wish to gain a broad base of graduate accounting training. Students typically seek accounting positions in auditing, management, nonprofit, or PhD programs. Tax-emphasis graduates usually begin their careers with public accounting firms.


BYU’s master of business administration degree is a two-year program designed to prepare graduate students for careers in business by focusing on four areas: globalization, integration, technology, and entrepreneurship. The unique curriculum has been designed to achieve the twofold task of giving students a general management education and depth in areas bearing specifically on personal professional interests.

The Marriott School has hired the brightest minds from around the world to teach in the MBA program. During the first year, students gain a solid understanding of the best business practices through their core classes. Then they put that learning to practice in a full-time summer internship in the corporate world between their first and second years.

When students return for the second year of the program, they can choose from five designed majors: finance, marketing, global supply chain management, organizational behavior/human resource management (OBHR), or entrepreneurship. Or they can design their own track to fit their career goals. 

Executive MBA

The executive MBA program is a rigorous program in general management for fully employed professionals. Designed for managers and professionals who typically have at least five years of full-time managerial work experience, the program consists of courses similar to the full-time MBA program but is unique in reflecting the work and management experience of its students.

Class sessions are held a half-day Friday and a full-day Saturday every other weekend on the BYU Salt Lake Center campus. Classes begin fall semester and students attend year-round for two years with breaks in December and July. Residency week occurs at the beginning of each year at BYU’s Provo campus, during which students spend time in intensive course instruction and group work. At the end of the second year of the program, students participate in a two-week Foreign Business Excursion (FBE) and travel to different locations around the world to visit international businesses.  


The master of information systems management program prepares graduate management students for leadership-oriented careers in information systems. Information systems professionals define, develop, and maintain information systems and the infrastructure that support the operation of an organization.

Information systems involves two broad areas: (1) an organization’s information systems function—acquisition, deployment, and management of information technology resources and services and (2) system development—development and evolution of technology infrastructures and systems for use in organization processes.

The MISM is offered in an efficient, integrated fashion for bachelor of information systems students who wish to pursue it. The MISM is distinguished from the bachelor’s program in its emphasis on leadership, project management, and additional rigor expected in a graduate environment. 


Administered through the Romney Institute of Public Management, the master of public administration program prepares men and women for leadership in the public and nonprofit sectors. Leadership in this context provides unique opportunities for service to others. The faculty and students of the MPA program are dedicated to the philosophy that students should develop excellence in both knowledge and management skills with a solid ethical foundation. The success of this philosophy is demonstrated by the wide variety of leadership positions now held by alumni throughout the world in state and local governments, federal agencies, research organizations, business firms, and diverse nonprofit organizations.

The full-time MPA program is designed to develop the basic skills needed for professional management. Such essentials include quantitative analysis, managerial economics, organizational behavior, strategy, human resource management, accounting, budget and finance, ethics, and communication. These skills are taught through practical class and field experiences, case studies, formal and computer simulations, and special workshops and seminars. Second-year courses are designed around an individual’s desired area of emphasis: local government management, financial and management analysis, and nonprofit management. Emphasis in each of these concentrations is given to the conceptualization of the larger political and social issues as they relate to the administration of government and nonprofit programs.

Executive MPA

The executive MPA program is a 45-credit, three-year program. It is designed for working professionals seeking further education and career advancement. Classes are held one night a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, depending upon the year you are admitted to the program) for the duration of the program. Four years of full-time relevant work experience is required for admission.

Persons with significant public management experience who desire to pursue the master’s degree program while continuing to work full-time are encouraged to apply. All courses in the program are offered at the BYU Salt Lake Center. 


The master of youth and family recreation program serves students by providing a spiritually enriching, stimulating, and rigorous educational environment fostering analytical, problem-solving, and writing skills related to strengthening youth and families through wholesome recreation. Curriculum focuses on issues related to adolescent development, leadership, youth at risk, leisure philosophy, and leisure and family theory.

The program’s scholarly focus requires students to work closely with graduate faculty members in a mentored environment in designing, conducting, and disseminating quality research that contributes to the body of knowledge in family leisure and other related disciplines. After completing coursework, each student writes a thesis that involves conducting a study related to youth and family recreation. Graduates of the program are well equipped to pursue advanced degrees and are engaged lifelong learners with the ability to think critically and creatively, and behave ethically.