About Walton College
Since its founding at the University of Arkansas in 1926, the Sam M. Walton College of Business has grown to become the state's premier college of business – as well as a nationally competitive business school.
At a Glance
Our Graduate School of Business administers MBA, EMBA, and Ph.D programs as well as other graduate and certificate programs.
Deep connections with retail and transportation sectors have created tremendous research opportunities with some of the world's largest companies.
The "Epic" of Walton College
The story of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas doesn’t begin or end with the historic $50 million gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation. That watershed moment in 1998, however, has proven to be a fitting tribute to our past, a solid foundation for our present, and a significant springboard toward our future.
Former faculty, staff, students, and donors helped build a college worthy of the largest upfront cash gift ever given to a public business school at that time. At the same time, the gift provided the much-needed resources for unprecedented growth and recognition as a nationally competitive college.
And with our footings solidly in place, the Walton College is perfectly positioned to become a top-tier public business school. This is the story of how we got where we are and how we plan to get where we’re going.
The Walton College traces its roots to 1926 when Harvard graduate Charles Fichtner helped form the University of Arkansas School of Business Administration and became its first dean. Four faculty members and 21 students met that year on the third floor of Old Main, where curricula were available in accounting, banking and finance, general business, industrial management, and marketing.
The college grew over the decades, adding more and more students, faculty, and offerings. Continue reading...
The Power of Place
The Sam M. Walton College of Business is located thirty minutes away from the headquarters of the world’s largest retailer, Walmart.
In the past twenty years, over 300 Fortune 500 companies have established satellite offices in Northwest Arkansas to support Walmart.
These companies provide our students with unparalleled access to summer internships, part time employment during the regular semesters, and lucrative job opportunities both in Northwest Arkansas and throughout the world after graduation.Walton College Career Center Life in Northwest Arkansas
Successful alumni, business leaders, and influential industry advisors lend their time, talents, and valuable insights to inform our curriculum, bolster our research, and create meaningful connections between academia and industry.Executive Advisory Board Alumni Advisory Council
Accounting Department: Advisory Board
MBA Alumni Advisory Board
Retail Advisory Board
Supply Chain Management Research Center: Board Members
Diversity and Inclusion: Corporate Advisory Board
Enterprise Systems Advisory Board Business Integrity Leadership Initiative: External Advisory Board
Information Technology Specialty
Innovative organizations place high value on cross-disciplinary leaders, and we've positioned our curriculum to meet that demand. When information technology expertise is blended with traditional business disciplines, our graduates can 'pull it all together' to make timely, informed decisions for their employers.
Enterprise technology gifts from industry partners have greatly benefited our programs. These include real-world data sets from Sam's Club, Tyson Foods, Dillard's, Acxiom and Walmart.Enterprise Systems Information Systems Department
Technology Support Center
Information Technology Research Institute