The College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University “has a well-known business program with top professors,” and this earns it “prestige within the state,” students in this growing MBA program tell us. Full-time students love the one-year accelerated program that gets them in and out quickly, while those in the Executive MBA program love the convenience of being able to attend in one of nine satellite sites scattered about the Mountain State. Students in both programs praise “the curriculum design,” noting that “the sequence of courses is good, giving a good foundation in business: economics, accounting, marketing, finance, and operations.” They appreciate that the WVU MBA program “teaches skills instead of memorization” and that administrators are always looking for ways to improve the curriculum. “There have been some significant improvements to make the program have a more global focus on business education,” one impressed student reports. WVU’s full-time MBA is a 48 credit-hour program presented over a 14-month period. All domestic students are required to participate in an international trip to China, Poland, Italy, German, or the Czech Republic. The curriculum interweaves business themes and skills, building toward culminating coursework in planning and strategy. Students in the full-time program do not specialize in an area of concentration; however, WVU also offers an MBA in Finance, which can be completed in 12 months by students with substantial academic or professional experience in the field and in two years by students lacking such experience. Students in the EMBA program tell us that the program “provides students with one of the most diverse faculty groups in the country” and that “The diverse background of each faculty member provides students with a unique view of real life business experiences.” (Students in the full-time program share this assessment of the faculty.) All students here point out that “Students not only focus on textbook examples, they get to participate in business experiences such as the Washington Campus and study-abroad programs to Italy, Czech Republic, Mexico, Germany, and China.” These elements, they say, make for an “exceptional academic experience” and elevate the WVU MBA “a notch above the rest.” At the end of the day, the class sessions are very unique and productive based on multiple views from professionals working in various industries.
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