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Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Business Executive MBA

Located on Main Street in Richmond, Virginia, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business offers students the inspiration, education and support needed to turn their ambitions into action. Students in all programs learn from forward-thinking faculty and interact with entrepreneurs and executives from the city’s eleven Fortune 1000 companies. A state-of-the-art building, downtown location, year-round internships, diverse mix of people, the da Vinci Center for Innovation, Ram-to-Ram mentoring, research, team projects, student organizations, scholarships and career services foster success. VCU students turn thoughts into concrete ideas, potential into genuine ability and goals into tangible results.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Executive
Total Program Enrollment 500
Tuition (Total) $55,000

Program Information

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business Says

Located on Main Street in Richmond, Virginia, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business offers students the inspiration, education and support needed to turn their ambitions into action. Students in all programs learn from forward-thinking faculty and interact with entrepreneurs and executives from the city’s eleven Fortune 1000 companies. A state-of-the-art building, downtown location, year-round internships, diverse mix of people, the da Vinci Center for Innovation, Ram-to-Ram mentoring, research, team projects, student organizations, scholarships and career services foster success. VCU students turn thoughts into concrete ideas, potential into genuine ability and goals into tangible results.

Specializations Offered: General Management, Health Care Administration and Management
Degrees Awarded: Executive MBA.

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School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Southeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 59% accepted out of 86 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.25
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 582
  • Average Years Work Experience: 3
  • Application Fee: $50

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Work Experience, Recommendations

Admission Information

Applicants to all MBA programs at VCU must submit a completed application, two copies of official transcripts for all post-secondary academic work, an official GMAT score report, a resume, a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation. International applicants whose first language is not English must also provide proof of English profic...Applicants to all MBA programs at VCU must submit a completed application, two copies of official transcripts for all post-secondary academic work, an official GMAT score report, a resume, a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation. International applicants whose first language is not English must also provide proof of English proficiency (the school accepts both the TOEFL and the IELTS and evidence of sufficient financial support to cover the cost of attending and expenses while at VCU. VCU admits students for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

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Important Dates

Round 1
February

15

Deadline
August

21

Start
Round 2
April

19

Deadline
August

21

Start

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 180
Percent International Students 10%
Total Full-Time Faculty 96
Full-Time Faculty 76%

Student Life

The VCU School of Business recently moved into a “state-of-the-art…newly built” facili­ty that “provides a comfortable, well-designed environment, including all of the techno­logical amenities one would expect of a top-tier business school.” While many crow about “all the high technology installed” here, some are just as impressed that “the parking deck is located right next to [the] business school building.” Despite the convenience, many students here tell us that “parking is quite the issue unless you purchase a parking pass.” VCU’s “convenient” campus location is “equidistant from downtown Richmond and the more college-town environment of ‘the Fan’ district.” Life on campus “is very diverse, with an established art school and up-and-coming business and engineering schools. The student life reflects the characteristics one might find in each of these three schools.” The MBA program hosts “many clubs and organized meetings” that help “academic and social communication and activities occur seamlessly.” Not everyone is fully engaged; “there is a very small group of students who are full-time and involved,” with many oth­ers attending part-time while working at part-time or full-time jobs. The latter group has little time to participate in extracurriculars. The VCU MBA program “is geared to part-time students, full-time employees. Most [stu­dents] are reimbursed for classes by their employers.” These “friendly” and “profession­al” students “from diverse backgrounds” “take their academic studies seriously, as they are quite competitive. They’re sociable and are very professional in their manners and their interactions with each other.”

Career

The Career Center at the VCU School of Business serves all undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Business. The office provides a wide range of counseling, skills development, and placement services. Area businesses also contact the School of Business directly to post internship and career opportunities available to MBA students. Students can stay up-to-date on such notifications by subscribing to the School of Business Listserv. About 75 percent of VCU’s MBA students attend part-time; nearly all work part-time or full-time, many for companies with whom they intend to remain after graduation. One student who sought, and found, a post-MBA position through the Center tells us that the “Career Services Center is excellent. I was given the opportunity to go to two career fairs on campus in the fall of 2009. I also took advantage of the bus ride to the MBA Career Quest career fair at the University at Maryland, College Park. The Career Services Center also got me two interviews on campus with federal government agencies. I was offered both positions!”

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About

Located in Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University ranks among the top 100 universities in the country in sponsored research and enrolls 30,000 students in more than 195 certificate, undergraduate, graduate, professional, and doctoral programs in 15 schools and one liberal arts college. The School of Business is located in a new facility on VCU's main academic campus in Richmond's historic Fan District. The School of Business is accredited by the AACSB and is an integral part of the Richmond business community. Students regularly participate in local internships and workshops, and are heavily recruited by local companies.

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Students Say

With a “low tuition rate,” “flexibility in class choice and time,” and a reputation as “an up-and-coming school,” the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University has numerous assets with which to lure potential MBAs. One VCU student tells us that he “explored other local options, such as the University of Richmond, and found that the quality of faculty, reputation for excellent, well-balanced instruction and the reasonable cost made VCU the more attractive option.” Most who choose the VCU MBA feel the same way. VCU’s Richmond location is a major asset, students agree. Richmond is home to a num­ber of major corporate headquarters, and MBAs report that this creates excellent net­working opportunities. VCU’s solid reputation with regional employers helps translate those opportunities into positive results. Many of these same employers feed the VCU MBA program with young managers looking for a leg up in their careers, many of who plan to stay with their companies post-graduation (in fact, quite a few attend on their employer’s dime). Several students cite “support of the community businesses and gov­ernment” as one of VCU’s main selling points. The VCU MBA program offers “a wide variety of MBA concentrations,” including busi­ness analytics, global business, human capital, managing innovation, real estate, and supply chain management. “Excellent” professors seek “to teach the students how to think outside of the box” and often succeed, according to the MBAs we surveyed. Administrators are “flexible…they’re pretty good about allowing substitute courses, etc.” They also have a vision for the future. As one student puts it, “the school’s momen­tum is its strength. A great effort has been undergoing since the new [business school facility] was built.” “Programs have been redesigned to [meet] the needs in today’s econ­omy and business world. The courses are actually based on everyday life...which adds both to the attractiveness of the courses and their usefulness also.”

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Academic

The Master of Business Administration focuses on the development of functions and techniques of management, as well as an understanding of environmental and economic forces that influence administration and decision making. Students may choose a concentration in a particular area or complete a general concentration. There is an evening program which can be pursued on a full or part-time basis and an executive weekend program.

The Master of Science in Business programs focus on a particular discipline. Most require four foundation courses and ten advanced courses.

The Master of Accountancy degree allows students to combine accounting coursework with courses tax, finance, or information systems depending on student area of interest.

The Master of Taxation program includes a comprehensive study of tax laws and regulations, administrative practice and procedure, and tax research fundamentals, and is designed to develop both technical knowledge and conceptual understanding within the field of taxation.

The Master of Science program in Information Systems is designed to prepare students for specialized roles in information systems and is offered in both an evening format, and in an executive weekend format. The executive program focuses on Information Technology Management and is designed for students with six or more years professional experience.

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    The daVinci Center for Product Innovation Center for Real Estate Center for Corporate Education Family Business Forum Information Systems Research Institute Virginia Council for Economic Education

  • International Student Support Groups:

    www.global.vcu.edu

  • Peer Tutoring Programs
  • Research Facilities:

    The daVinci Center for Product Innovation Center for Real Estate Center for Corporate Education Family Business Forum Information Systems Research Institute Virginia Council for Economic Education

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