The Milgard School of Business is housed at the epicenter of Tacoma’s and the Pacific Northwest’s cultural and economic growth, making it the perfect place to dream in a big way about your future. The school acts as a conduit between students and the communities which support us. This is an extremely beautiful position to be in, not only are we able to provide innovative education for our students but are also able to provide the knowledge capital for corporations that are going to hire them. Our new home in Milgard Hall provides us with the infrastructure to strengthen and grow our current and new programs.
Milgard EDUCATES: with small class sizes, cutting-edge courses, and career-ready majors.
Milgard EXPLORES: with innovative research that brings the latest in business to you.
Milgard ENGAGES: through internships, global studies, simulation games, and strong community partnerships.
Come and connect with our faculty, staff, and students and explore our centers of excellence. The Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility organizes a case competition attracting students from over eleven countries, and our Center for Business Analytics partners with over 20 local and national companies for yearlong student-led consulting projects. The Success Center organizes over 36 events for our students, helping them get prepared for jobs and connecting them with over 50 employers, and the Sports Enterprise Management partners with Tacoma’s baseball team “Rainiers”.
Many new exciting initiatives like the women’s mentorship program, FINTECH incubator, financial literacy workshops, a NEW state-of-the-art Financial Markets Lab (trading floor), student entrepreneurship, community tax preparation through VITA, and programs to support and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion are being launched.
With the support of our business partners, donors, and community members we will continue our quest to provide our students a great education by bringing state-of-the-art businesses and techniques into our classes and preparing our students to get great jobs. Through this, we will augment our local, national, and international reputation.
Serving Students Together!
Altaf Merchant, Ph.D.
Gary E. and James A. Endowed Dean
Milgard School of Business
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Get to know a bit about your Dean with the latest interview between ASUWT Business Senator Lydia Abuli and Dean Altaf Merchant as they answer students' top questions for May 2023.