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Western Carolina University Graduate School & Research Administration Part Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Part Time.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Southeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 89% accepted out of 45 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 30
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.25
  • Average Years Work Experience: 5
  • Application Fee: $55

Admission Considerations

Important: Recommendations, Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

Applicants to the MBA program at Western Carolina University must submit official copies of transcripts for all post-secondary academic work, an official score report for the GMAT, and two letters of recommendation. A minimum GMAT score of 450 and minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 are required. Graduates of institutions in which the language of inst...Applicants to the MBA program at Western Carolina University must submit official copies of transcripts for all post-secondary academic work, an official score report for the GMAT, and two letters of recommendation. A minimum GMAT score of 450 and minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 are required. Graduates of institutions in which the language of instruction is not English must also submit official score reports for the TOEFL and achieve a minimum score of 79–80 on the Internet-based test, 550 on the paper test, or 213 on the computer test. International applications are due by April 1 for the fall semester and by September 1 for the spring semester.

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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 98
Percent International Students 10%
Total Full-Time Faculty 31
Full-Time Faculty 77%

Student Life

WCU really strives to create “a friendly, but competitive learning environment and the bonds you create with other students are very close.” This “challenging and competitive” group is “very, very cooperative,” “conscientious, mature, eager to learn, committed, and friendly.” The student body tends to be a bit younger but still brings plenty of experience to bear. “As an older student, I am impressed and astonished by how astute the students are,” says a student. “They are very helpful and supportive. I genuinely like them.” Some “are Cherokee tribal members, some are from other local area businesses, and some are students continuing straight from school”; many are also “employees at the nearby casi­no. Though most students commute, there are enough distractions for those who want them, as Asheville is “a mid-sized city with plenty of activities in the area.”

Career

The fact that there are no online classes makes for “great networking opportunities.” “Group projects help us network and the Graduate Business Students’ Association is great,” says a student. The “schedule flexibility for full-time employed students” is a great perk of the WCU program, as is the option for a 16-month “speedy graduation—in three semesters and a summer!” Although most students here are not looking for new jobs, students place great value on the real world applicability provided by the program design, which is “most beneficial to understanding the different aspects of the C-suite” and shows “how the differ­ent aspects work together to create a functioning business through real world examples.”

The Princeton Review

Students Say

Located in a gorgeous, unique region of the Mid-Atlantic, the College of Business at Western Carolina University has worked hard to distinguish itself from other MBA pro­grams, and has built a “reputation for not being an ‘assembly-line’ program.” Students are encouraged to think for themselves and become effectively “better equipped to deal with future challenges.” The small size of the school means that each student “has good learning opportunities” and “gets a lot of attention” from the “excellent, accessible pro­fessors with relevant professional experience.” All in all, WCU offers a “quality MBA program with experienced, grounded faculty at a great price.” Although the school is based in Cullowhee—“an exceptional environment”—almost all of the MBA courses are held in Asheville. The school is very “oriented towards face-to­face classes” in Asheville and uses very little “new technology” (such as videoconferenc­ing and electronic communications) for its courses. Professors and administrators “do a decent job of being available, considering that the main campus is over an hour away from our location.” Both are “eager to tailoring course material to how students actually learn,” and the professors “are very knowledgeable and have a lot of professional expe­rience.” The program heads and assistants are also “readily available and helpful with any questions that may arise.” The program’s core courses are about mastering management in applied settings; stu­dents form small work groups and are trained to deal with real-world problems Through the school’s new MBA curriculum, developed in collaboration with faculty, recent grad­uates, and local employers, students learn and often perform the functions of chief offi­cers in marketing, research and development, information technology, operations, legal affairs, finance, and the chief executive office.

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Center of Professional Selling and Marketing; Institute for the Economy and the Future

  • Research Facilities:

    Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Center of Professional Selling and Marketing; Institute for the Economy and the Future

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Western Carolina University College of Business include:

Matthew Hutcherson - Regional Director for Mountain Bizworks

David Kemper - President - Kemper Strategies

Wendy Cagle - Small Business Technology and Development Center

Carolyne Pelton - BB&T Corporate Banking - Senior Vice President

Dr. David Ellis - Pardee Hospital

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