Overview

Applicants
37
Acceptance Rate
86%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.23
Average Age
28

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
410 - 530
GPA
3.09 - 3.61

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
March 1

Regular Application Deadline
July 15

Rolling Admission Deadline
July 15

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
31

77
Full-time
23
Female
23
Part-time
7
Underrepresented Minorities


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.


Concentrations

Accounting
Entrepreneurship
Healthcare Administration
Leadership/Management
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration

Specialized Masters

Accounting
Entrepreneurship
Healthcare Administration
Human Resources
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration

Center for Research

Entrepeneurship
Marketing

Specialities of Faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL

The graduate faculty have Ph.D degrees in all areas of business; combined with real-world experience, they provide students with a broad knowledge of the business world.

We offer a particularly strong entrepreneurship program with both graduate and undergraduate degrees offered.

We offer an outstanding MBA program.

We offer a graduate degree and graduate certificate program in Project Managment. This is offered online as a distance program.

Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
No

Sustainability course is

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

Career Overview


Graduates Employed by Region


Students Say

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 business” and shows “how the different aspects work together to create a functioning business through real world examples.”

Prominent Alumni

Dr. David Ellis
Pardee Hospital

Carolyne Pelton
BB&T Corporate Banking - Senior Vice President

Wendy Cagle
Small Business Technology and Development Center

David Kemper
President - Kemper Strategies

Matthew Hutcherson
Regional Director for Mountain Bizworks

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 31

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$10,417

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$2,387

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
53%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
19%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
65%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
19%

New Students Receiving Loans
46%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$2,561
Tuition (Out-State)
$8,214
Fees (In-State)
$2,286
Fees (Out-State)
$2,286

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$320
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,027
Fees (In-State)
$246
Fees (Out-State)
$1,478

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$9,290
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$9,290
Academic Expenses
$744

Student Body Profile

Total Full-Time Enrollment
87
Part Time
70%

In State
92.0%
Out of State
8.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
2

Demographics

4.00%
Underrepresented Minorities
4.00%
International

39% female
61% male

Campus Life

Students Say

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 casi- no. 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.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Kelly McIntyre
Graduate Business Programs Manager

Address
102B Biltmore Park
28 Schenck Parkway, Suite 102
Asheville, NC 28803
United States

Phone
(828) 654-6533

Fax
(828) 654-6534

Email
kumcintyre@email.wcu.edu


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