AACSB-accredited West Virginia University College of Business and Economics is a flagship component of the forward-thinking, research-intensive West Virginia University (WVU). Taking pride in welcoming international students as well as emphasizing global education at home, this business school partners with institutions from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics to the University of São Paulo. The WVU business school hopes to increase the breadth of its faculty and student exchange programs with Latin America and Brazil in the coming years.
West Virginia University is located in Morgantown, which boasts scenic Appalachian landscapes and a thriving college-town atmosphere. With a population of roughly 30,000, Morgantown has a safe, small-town feel but offers easy access to major East Coast metropolises. In 2015, Morgantown was ranked in the top 50 of America’s “Best Small Cities for Business and Careers” by Forbes magazine.
With programs reflecting the needs of a changing economy, WVU’s College of Business and Economics has traditional and flexible business degrees at the undergraduate, master’s, MBA, and executive levels.
Incorporating new technology into its programs, the school offers degrees such as the Online Hybrid MBA and the Master of Science in Business Data Analytics, a 12-month hybrid program that prioritizes flexibility, while giving students access to the same resources offered to the on-campus students (including access to interviews with hundreds of employers who visit the business school each year). Additionally, the school offers the following graduate programs—the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA), the Master of Science in Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MSIR), the Master of Science in Finance, and the on-campus MBA.
Business students at WVU participate in a two-week session abroad, exposing students to important global business centers in places such as China and Germany. This component of business education at WVU is just one of the many ways in which the university prioritizes experiential, hands-on learning. Throughout the year, students participate in case competitions, mock interviews, internships, and more.
Experiential learning and innovation go hand-in-hand at the WVU business school’s BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which hosts an annual statewide business competition that awards $10,000 for the winner to pursue his or her business idea. Javier Reyes, the business school’s new dean, hopes the WVU business community will lead the way for entrepreneurship and economic growth in West Virginia.