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Master of Accountancy — Now Online

Boise State University is now offering its master of science in accountancy (MSA) degree online. Available on campus since 1998, the program added an online option in March 2017 to allow more students to enroll. The first cohort of online students will begin their studies in fall 2017.

“I am so pleased that our Department of Accountancy will offer this very high quality master of science in accountancy program in an online format,” said Ken Petersen, dean of the College of Business and Economics. “This degree program is in great demand and providing it in an online format will make it much more possible for those who don’t live near Boise State University or who have challenging life situations to gain access to this very important learning and degree.”

3 images of people working on laptopsThe online MSA degree allows students who may not be able to attend classes in person the opportunity to earn their master’s degree.

The degree provides graduates an academic foundation for increased success on the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. In fact, Boise State MSA graduates pass the exam at a higher rate than the national average, according to statistics from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. The curriculum also covers advanced accounting concepts taught by Boise State’s world-class faculty, preparing graduates for public accounting careers.

“We are excited to launch the online version of our MSA program this fall,” said Troy Hyatt, chair of the accountancy department. “One strength of our online program is that the courses will be taught by the same professors who teach the courses in our on-campus program. This model ensures that all of our students will receive the same high-quality instruction.”

Boise State’s College of Business and Economics and Department of Accountancy both are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, putting Boise State in the top five percent of business schools and accountancy programs worldwide. Boise State also is a Federation of Schools of Accountancy member, which entails the continual development of high-quality programs, assuring students a purposeful education.

The online MSA is currently offered in a part-time format, with plans to add a full-time option in the future. For more information visit

Nancy Napier’s Blog In Idaho Statesman: Being Nice as a Competitive Advantage

Nancy Napier, Distinguished Professor, retiredThink about it: wouldn’t you prefer interacting with someone who is easy to deal with?

Nancy Napier is a distinguished professor at Boise State University. Read her latest blog in the Idaho Statesman here.


Aug. 23: COBE Cookout for Students

orange cow and orange and blue stripesFall Welcome Back Cookout!

Burgers, chips, watermelon, ice cream, lemonade.

Last year’s cookout was so much fun, we are doing it again. We will have live music and faculty will don aprons and serve-up burgers and sides.

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

MBEB Courtyard

photos of COBE cook 2016

New COBE Alumni Chapter Officers

Officially chartered in 2016, the COBE Alumni Chapter’s mission is to focus on service to the current students of the College of Business and Economics. We partner with COBE Career Services to identify areas that they believe will be most advantageous to students. The chapter is also designed to be a member networking group. We have, at a minimum, an annual social gathering to engage any and all College of Business and Economics graduates, alumni and friends and students. This event is designed for our member base to network with each other, as well as help attending students learn the ins and outs of networking.

The officers for the chapter, whose positions start June 1 are:

  • President: Zach Bethel—Class of 2008
  • Vice President: Rod Gould—Class of 1992
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Shannon Stith—Class of 2001 and 2002

At-Large Members:

  • Scott Blades—Class of 2014
  • Nicole Brown—Class of 1998 & 2013
  • Dave Haworth—Class of 1988
  • Lance Millington—Class of 1993
  • Randal Smith—Class of 1986
  • Student at Large—vacant

If you would like more information on the COBE Alumni Chapter or to get involved, please visit our site: get-involved/chapters/college- business-economics/


Boise State Alumni Create Planned $1MM Scholarship Gift for COBE Students

Gabs LinehanGabe Linehan, together with his mentor at Northwestern Mutual, Randy Smith, spearheaded an effort to pool a group of alumni together to make a meaningful gift to Boise State University to benefit future students. Gabe engaged co-workers, who are Boise State alumni, to establish life insurance policies with the Boise State University Foundation as the sole owner and beneficiary. Policy face values collectively total $1,000,000. This was no small effort and took a series of meetings and multiple steps. Gabe remained diligent and steadfast to accomplish the original goal.

“Other Broncos may be interested in contributing to Boise State in a similar way. It leaves a great legacy and you can give more than you think possible.” said Gabe. “We know how to do this now and Northwestern Mutual can help make it happen.”

As each policy matures, proceeds will be directed to the Northwestern Mutual Bronco Alumni Scholarship specifically for full-time students in the College of Business and Economics.

Contributors are:

  • Chad Colton, Operations Management BBA ’07
  • Shawn Cudney, Political Science BA, Business Minor, ’12
  • Darby Heidemann, Finance BBA, ’91
  • Gabe Linehan, Marketing BBA’13
  • Kevin Rigenhagen, Political Science BS ’98
  • Randall L Smith, Accountancy BBA ’86
  • Travis Stokes, Business Management BBA ’03
  • Brie Wilson, Marketing BBA ’07
  • Max Wilson, Accountancy BBA and Finance BBA ’07

Apr. 17: Payette Brewing Co.

Bronco Sales Club —  CEO & Founder of Payette Brewing Co.


The Bronco Sales Club is having Mike Francis, founder of Payette Brewing, as a guest speaker this Monday. After the discussion, Mike will be taking the club on a tour of the facility.

6:00 p.m.
Monday, April 17, 2017
in MBEB, Room 1208


Boise Chamber Names Boise State President 2017 Hall of Fame Awardee

Bob Kustra, president of Boise State UnivesityBoise State University President Bob Kustra is the 2017 recipient of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Hall of Fame Award. He is the fifth Boisean to receive the distinction.

“No one has done more to shatter old images of Boise than Bob Kustra,” said Bill Connors, Chamber president and CEO. “That Boise State University has risen to international prominence in academics, athletics, research and innovation from its past role as a small junior college is just one of Bob’s remarkable makeover projects. For the Chamber, Bob’s commitment to integrating the business community and our urban landscape into the University’s DNA is equally impressive. Dr. Kustra’s dream of making Boise State a major metropolitan research university of distinction has come to fruition and has transformed a sleepy, western capitol city into a rising urban star of the American West.”

When Kustra arrived at Boise State in 2003, he challenged university faculty, staff and supporters to aspire to be a metropolitan research university of distinction. In 2016, Boise State was designated a doctoral research university in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education — and named one of 20 “rising stars” in the world best poised to challenge the higher education elite on a global scale.

Read the full Update story on Bob Kustra’s award here.