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Appalachian State University Cratis D. Williams Graduate School Full Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Southeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 79% accepted out of 61 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 31
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.4
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 539
  • Average Years Work Experience: 8
  • Application Fee: $45

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Recommendations, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience

Admission Information

Appalachian State University's small MBA program only enrolls about 20 to 25 students each year. Prospective students are evaluated based on their GMAT score, three letters of recommendation, undergraduate academic performance, and current resume. To be eligible for the program, students must have completed a series of prerequisite courses in marke...Appalachian State University's small MBA program only enrolls about 20 to 25 students each year. Prospective students are evaluated based on their GMAT score, three letters of recommendation, undergraduate academic performance, and current resume. To be eligible for the program, students must have completed a series of prerequisite courses in marketing, finance, accounting, management information systems, economics, law, and calculus with a grade point average of B or better. Professional work experience is not required.

The Princeton Review

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 61
Percent International Students 13%
Total Full-Time Faculty 61

Student Life

Located on a “beautiful campus” in Boone, North Carolina, “Life is fabulous” at ASU. On this pleasant, hilltop campus, “Students hang out as a collective most times and crime rates are relatively low.” Not to mention, this Southern city boasts “terrific weather” and great outdoor activities, including hiking and fishing. MBA classes take place in Raleigh Hall, which boasts wireless Internet and graduate student lounges. On the larger cam­pus, students have access to study labs and a large library system. Bringing a positive attitude to the classroom, ASU students “are willing to learn, as well as willing to begin friendships that have lasted the length of the program.” While the accelerated schedule keeps them busy, “Students find time to attend sporting events, concerts, and many other extra curricular activities. All of the students also find time to hang out with one another and with their friends.” While there are some local student hangouts, students say “nightlife could be a little better,” in Boone. Most students, how­ever, feel that “Being in a small town has been wonderful for my school experience.” A current student writes, “In general, I wouldn’t have chosen anywhere else to go.”

Career

While the MBA program does not have its own career office, there is a career counselor assigned to the business school, who can help with career planning and placement. The program will also be hiring a career services director for the MBA program in the sum­mer of 2013. In addition, the Career Development Center on the Appalachian State University campus serves the entire undergraduate and graduate student body, as well as ASU alumni. The Career Development Center assists students with cover letter and resume revisions, personalized career counseling, mock interviews, and myriad online resources. In addition, the Career Development Center organizes networking events and “career fairs that bring in companies that have positions all over the U.S. and around the world.” With a strong local reputation, ASU “does well with helping the students find a job,” but nothing’s perfect and “there are still improvements that can be made.”

The Princeton Review

Students Say

Nested in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University offers a small, efficient, and affordable MBA program to a largely local student population. For many, the fast-paced course schedule is a major benefit of this program. Here, the entire MBA—including an optional internship—can be completed in “only one year.” (Prospective students should note that the one-year pro­gram is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in business. Before matric­ulation, the MBA requires up to 18 hours of prerequisite coursework.) Despite its speedy schedule, the MBA covers all functional areas of business, including accounting, econom­ics, finance, management, marketing, operations, and information systems. In addition to the core curriculum, students have the option of tailoring their education through a concentration in one of four fields: sustainable business, international business, general management, or economics. There is a focus on international business throughout the curriculum, which helps students “gain the knowledge [they] will need to compete in today’s global economy.” Of particular note, all students participate in an International Seminar in the last semester of the MBA, which includes a trip overseas. Recent pro­grams took students to China, Hong Kong, Turkey, Cuba, France, and Poland. While the program is scarcely large enough to support more variety, students feel, “the MBA pro­gram needs to add a computer information systems option” to the current offerings. For full-time students, the schedule is rigorous and “the days are pretty packed.” Throughout the program, “students spend about two hours in class each day, Monday through Thursday,” while their afternoons are “spent working on group projects, home­work, and or actually working at a job.” Fortunately, the full-time MBA program is very small, with just over 20 students per class (in fact, the entering class size is capped at 24). The result is a caring, student-oriented atmosphere, and plenty of personal attention. Offering guidance and support, “The school has a great administration that is willing to work with the students in order to help the students achieve their goals.” In addition, “The professors, on the whole, are easy to get along with and are always willing to help the students.” Academically, the program is strong, but the teachers can be hit or miss. A student admits, “There have been some professors who have challenged me and were at the caliber that I expected, but there were also some who I felt were inadequate to be teaching graduate-level classes.” Overall, Walker “teachers are knowledgeable and excit­ed for students to learn.” In addition to the campus-based MBA program, ASU offers a part-time off-site MBA at a satellite facility in Hickory, North Carolina. In content, this program is similar to the Boone MBA, yet students learn through various delivery formats, including interactive audio-video sessions and web-based instruction, as well as in-person lectures from ASU faculty. No matter where you choose to study, the icing on the cake is the program’s “low cost.” This public school maintains a “very reasonable” tuition price, while also offering “scholarship and assistantship” programs, which can lower the price tag even further.

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.international.appstate.edu/

  • Study Abroad:

    Examples from previous year include opportunities to travel to Australia, Germany, Scandinavian countries, Brazil,China and Denmark.

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