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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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About Our MBA Program

Our MBA curriculum was designed in collaboration with employers in western North Carolina, WCU College of Business faculty, and recent MBA graduates. Our students exit the program Business Ready® to meet the employment needs of aspiring graduates and the regional business community.

Courses are led by academically qualified Ph.D. faculty and the program boasts participative engagement with regional businesses through tours, internships, and guest speakers, adding highly valued networking opportunities to the classroom experience.

With classes offered in the evenings in both Asheville and Cherokee, we have a convenient location for everyone. Our 36 semester hour curriculum (no prerequisites required) can be completed in three semesters full-time and 6 semesters part-time (for working professionals).

Our program is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the internationally recognized accrediting agency for business schools.

Prerequisites: There are no required prerequisite courses, but strong analytical and communications skills are required. A two week intensive pre-MBA "Boot Camp" program is required for incoming students and is offered each August, covering the basics in accounting, math, economics, and Excel.

Biltmore Park Town Square, Asheville

Western Carolina University Programs at Biltmore Park is a residential location at Biltmore Park Town Square. This facility opened in August 2012, providing almost 25,000 square feet of beautiful classroom and workspace designed especially for our programs. Students have access to four study rooms, one large multi-use collaboration room, and a break room with refrigerator, microwave, and vending machines. Parking is ample, close by, and free of charge. Students also have access to the same traditional services including library resources, health care, counseling, and recreation.

The MBA program will hold all Asheville cohort classes (both full time and part time enrollment) at the Biltmore Park location. The MBA coordinator, Kelly McIntyre, is also based at Biltmore Park to provide students with better access to services.

Harrah's Cherokee Casino, Cherokee

Our part-time, Cherokee-based cohort meets twice per week in state-of-the-art employee training facilities at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel. Courses meet face-to-face with an instructor from the College of Business at Western Carolina University. Classrooms are spacious with comfortable chairs and large tables, wireless Internet and Ethernet port access, and instructor presentation equipment.

Located about 30 minutes northwest of our main campus in Cullowhee, this part-time cohort location is more convenient for working professionals in the more western area of our state.

Admission to the MBA program is by cohort and students may choose either part-time or full-time paths. Cohorts provide many benefits to students, but the major benefits are logical course sequencing and the support systems and networks that develop when students move through programs together. These benefits lead to something even more important, as retention and graduation rates in cohort programs tend to be much higher than in open registration programs.

Cohorts do impose some limitations. Students who deviate from their cohort schedules may be forced to delay registration or to attend courses away from their home campus. Students who join the program in January will have limited opportunities for classes until the following fall. Students who fail to complete a course in sequence may be forced to change cohorts. The MBA office will work with students whenever possible, but cannot guarantee available courses outside the cohort framework. Click here for course scheduling.

MBA 621 Leadership and Ethics 
Introduction of leadership in modern organizations, including social responsibility, ethics, and teamwork. 
Prereq: Admission to MBA Program or permission from MBA Program Director.  

MBA 623 Accounting: Understanding Performance & Informing Decisions 
The study of how accounting information is used to both evaluate management and firm performance as well as provide valuable information to inform managerial decisions. 
Prereq: Admission to MBA Program or permission from MBA Program Director.  

MBA 625 Applied Business Economics 
Apply theory to help frame challenges faced by individuals and firms.  Articulate relationship between market structure and power, offer innovative solutions to market function challenges. 
Prereq: Admission to MBA Program or permission from MBA Program Director.  

MBA 627 Applied Business Statistics 
Prepare for application of statistical models to data analysis, utilize statistical tools to provide relevant analysis, aiding decision making in various decision contexts.  
Prereq: Admission to MBA Program or permission from MBA Program Director.  

MBA 629 Managing Organizational Behavior 
Examines the social and behavioral aspects of organizations. Applies theories of motivation, teamwork and other individual- and group-level constructs to enhance personal and organizational performance. 
Prereq: Admission to MBA Program or permission from MBA Program Director.  

MBA 631 Human Resource Management 
Managing human assets and liabilities, including employment, labor rules, dispute resolution, and employee benefits. 
Prereq: Admission to MBA Program or permission from MBA Program Director.  

MBA 633 Legal and Regulatory Issues in Business 
Managing the risk exposure of the organization as well as understanding mergers and acquisitions, trade, human assets and liabilities, international law and accountability. 
Prereq: Admission to MBA Program or permission from MBA Program Director.  

MBA 635 Managing Value-Creating Business Operations 
Processes, problems, and strategies related to the creation of products and services.  
Prereq: Admission to MBA Program or permission from MBA Program Director.  

MBA 637 Financial Management and Valuation 
Provides a framework for analyzing financial management and investment decisions.  Develops practical tools for decision-making and valuation in a global and dynamic financial environment. 
Prereq: MBA 623, MBA 625, MBA 627  

MBA 639 Information Systems for Competitive Advantage 
Managing IT strategy, emerging technologies, regulatory requirements and security.  Finding innovative solutions to IT challenges. 
Prereq: Admission to MBA Program or permission from MBA Program Director.  

MBA 641 Marketing Management  
Managing marketing strategy, product positioning, product, channels, communications, pricing strategies, and marketing research.  Developing innovative strategies to respond in the international marketplace. 
Prereq: Admission to MBA Program or permission from MBA Program Director.  

MBA 643 Integrative Strategic Management 
Capstone course designed to bridge other elements of the entire program culminating with best practices to be an effective organizational leader.  
Prereq: Completion of 24 hours minimum of MBA core courses.  

FEES & FINANCIAL AID

Tuition & Fees (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016) 
Graduate Business Student (Full-Time)   

  • In-State             $4,846.00 

  • Out-of-State    $10,499.50 

* Fees include $863.50 for Health Insurance Fee which may be waived by verifying coverage at Student Health Insurance 

* Tuition rates above assume that you are a full-time student. Students who enroll for eight or fewer semester hours are considered part-time. More information on part-time tuition and fees. 

Financial Aid 
FAFSA is the primary source of financial aid for our students. Students seeking any kind of financial aid are encouraged to apply early. Additional information about financial aid is available from the Graduate School and the Office of Financial Aid.

ASSISTANTSHIPS & SCHOLARSHIPS

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistants must be enrolled full time and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Graduate Assistantships are awarded in April for the following academic year. Therefore, students enrolling in January are unlikely to receive an assistantship. Students are encouraged to apply by November 15 for the following fall if seeking an assistantship. Current full time students are also eligible for Graduate Assistantships and should notify the MBA office of their interest as soon as possible before April for the following fall. Graduate Assistantships are allocated by the Graduate School, and sometimes include partial or full waivers for tuition costs. The MBA director assigns Graduate Assistantships within the College of Business each semester.

Freda Russell Rayburn Fellowship 
The FRR fellowship is available to female, full time students who are switching to business from an unrelated field. The amount of this scholarship varies.

Wayte Scholarship 
The Wayte Scholarship is awarded by the MBA director to MBA students who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need. In addition, there are a limited number of Chancellor's Fellowships, Graduate School study grants, and research assistantships. The amount of this scholarship varies.  

GRADUATE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

The Western Carolina University College of Business isn’t just about academics.  It’s also about students.  The WCU Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) was formed with this idea in mind.

Encompassing all of the graduate business programs, the association serves many purposes.  This includes providing a networking tool for current students, alumni, and Western North Carolina businesses, a social outlet for students and faculty, as well as a support system.  The association plays an integral role in planning activities that add value to an individual’s graduate education.  In the past, the association has helped students get jobs, brought in speakers, played a part in fundraising for the business school, taken part in community service projects, and planned many fun events.

Previous GBSA events include tours and executive meetings at Harrah’s Casino and the Cancer Center at Mission Hospital, as well as maintaining traditions such as the 3rd Advising Day International Covered Dish.

If you would like to get involved or have any questions, please feel free to contact the association at gbsa.wcu@gmail.com or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wcu.gbsa.   

MBA ADVISORY BOARD

The MBA-AB enriches MBA experience for students through engagement with the leadership of the program (both administration and faculty), MBA student teams working on commercial projects, and the individual students themselves.  The Board helps to facilitate the continual improvement of the program toward meeting the ever-changing needs of regional and local industry.  

Objectives 

The MBA-AB provides advice and recommendations to the MBA Administration and faculty on a broad spectrum of business topics and issues including:  

  • Regional demand and opportunities for MBA graduates and interns 

  • Needed skills and training for the employment of MBA graduates 

  • Current business practices of regional employers 

  • Recent trends and conditions in regional industries 

The MBA-AB will provide resource and engagement opportunities for MBA students and faculty in areas including:  

  • Tours and visits to regional business sites 

  • Speakers in special areas of expertise not otherwise available 

  • Facilitation of MBA internships and project opportunities 

  • Contacts and relationship networking for employment opportunities
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