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West Virginia University, College of Business & Economics Executive MBA

The WVU College of Commerce was born by order of the state higher education board on Nov. 10, 1951 and has been known as the College of Business and Economics since 1971. The College offers six bachelor's, six master's, and three doctoral degrees. The College has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 2,000, a graduate enrollment of over 300, and more than 20,000 alumni worldwide. Business programs at the WVU College of Business & Economics are accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The College of Business and Economics provides its constituencies with the skills, tools and values required to win in the global marketplace through teaching, research and service.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Executive
Total Program Enrollment 144
Tuition (Total) $37,872

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Southeast)
#4 Best Campus Facilities

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 47% accepted out of 172 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 23
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.43
  • Average Years Work Experience: 2
  • Application Fee: $60

Admission Considerations

Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities

Admission Information

Applicants to the MBA program must submit a completed application (paper or online), official transcripts for all postsecondary academic work, an official GMAT score report, and a resume. Letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose are optional. In addition, international students must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score report (minimu...Applicants to the MBA program must submit a completed application (paper or online), official transcripts for all postsecondary academic work, an official GMAT score report, and a resume. Letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose are optional. In addition, international students must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score report (minimum score: 580, paper-and-pencil test; 237, computer-based test; 92, Internet-based test; or 6.5 IELTS). All students must have full use of a laptop PC that meets prescribed minimum software, memory, and processor-speed requirements; contact the school or visit the website for details. Applicants to the EMBA program must have at least two years of "significant work experience." For applicants with less than five years experience, GPA and GMAT figure most heavily in the admissions decision. Professional experience, especially managerial experience, is the greater factor for applicants with at least five years of experience.

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 55
Percent International Students 18%
Total Full-Time Faculty 62
Full-Time Faculty 94%

Student Life

WVU’s full-time MBA program is attended by “a mix of professionals going back for MBAs and current college students.” The program calls for a lot of group work; students tell us that “Groups are very diverse, hardworking professionals that can appreciate the opinion of others…. The people in each group end up being the people you call for advice or to go out to dinner after class or on the weekend!” Some here, however, com­plain that the quality of students admitted to the full-time program needs to improve. One writes: “The class atmosphere is not that intellectually-motivating. Out of an enter­ing class of 65 students, ten are very good and others are below average.” EMBA students may attend classes at the main campus in Morgantown or at any of nine satellite sites in Beckley, Charleston, Elkins, Keyser, Lewisburg, Martinsburg, Moorefield, Parkersburg, or Wheeling. One student calls these options “a blessing. The rural location where I live would not permit an economical pursuit of such a degree by traveling to the main campus for each class. The fact that classes are streamed to the distant location and the technology provides two-way communication and interaction is terrific!”

Career

The College of Business and Economics at WVU has its own dedicated Center for Career Development to serve business undergraduates and graduate students. The office pro­vides counseling services, workshops, seminars, and on-campus recruiting events. Students tell us that the office seems geared mostly toward the needs of undergraduates. One writes that the office “is not geared well for MBA students. It is good for MSIR and MPA students. Even if they are for MBA students, the positions are only for entry level such as internships, leadership programs, etc.” While students feel that “the career devel­opment center tries to give us information,” they also feel that “it looks like they are working without any direction.”

The Princeton Review

Students Say

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.

The Princeton Review

Degrees Awarded

Master of Business Administration (MBA)(13.5 months); Executive MBA (2.5 years); Master of Science in Industrial Relations (MSIR)(13.5 months; 12 months if business major); Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA)(One year); Ph.D in Economics.

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Entrepreneurship

  • Peer Tutoring Programs
  • Study Abroad:

    Germany, Italy, Poland, China, Czech Republic. Selected desinations in MBA International Business trip.

  • Women Support Groups:

    no website available

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of West Virginia University College of Business and Economics include:

Jerry West - GM, LA Lakers

Ray Lane - Frm. Pres & COO, Oracle

Homer Hickam - Author

Glen Hiner - CEO, Owens Corning

John Chambers - CEO, Cisco Systems

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