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Economics, Management and Project Management

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The world of business, both domestic and global, changes rapidly with each passing day. As trends rise and fall and new skill sets are needed, you may wonder how a businessperson can even expect to stay afloat.

The WCU School of Economics, Management, and Project Management can do much more for you than just showing you how to stay afloat. We'll prepare you for success. We offer you:

With a degree from WCU’s School of Economics, Management and Project Management, you’ll rise above the competition. Let us help you develop your future.

Are you searching for a program of study that will provide you with skills that are essential for success in the business world? A major in management may be precisely the program that will serve your needs.

The Management Program at Western Carolina University is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge required for successful professional careers in an ever-changing world of work. Our graduates pursue careers in manufacturing, human resources, banking, retailing, healthcare, not-for-profit organizations, insurance, real estate, and a host of other professions.

We offer an 18-hour Minor in Economics, which is open to any WCU student. The study of economics is excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers.

At the graduate level, the department offers an online Master of Project Management (MPM) Program designed for you, the working professional who wants to advance your career. This program offers full-time project managers the opportunity to pursue a master's degree on a part-time basis and also offers a graduate certificate in project management. The MPM program is accredited by the Project Management Institute.

Because all programs of study in WCU's College of Business are accredited by AACSB: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, you can be assured that the educational opportunities afforded you will be of the highest quality. You should also know that the school's faculty is comprised of student-oriented professionals who have earned national reputations for teaching excellence, research, and service.

The School of Economics, Management, and Project Management offers an engaging and dynamic curriculum for department majors and other students interested in augmenting their studies. You'll find a faculty that is up-to-date on current trends and skills necessary for success in an ever-changing world of global business. Faculty members are eager to help you develop your knowledge and abilities so you can succeed in the world of business.

The department's curriculum focuses on the development of critical thinking and decision-making abilities to help prepare students for the challenges they will face in a wide variety of careers. Depending on your interests, we have a program that will work for you.

Management: The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) degree in Management prepares students for successful careers in business leadership through hands-on training. We also offer a minor in Management.

Economics: For those interested in economics, we offer an 18-hour minor open to any WCU student. The study of economics is excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers--banking, economic analysis, regional development, business economics, governmental economics, consulting, and graduate study in economics, accounting, business, law, finance and many other areas.

Master of Project Management (M.P.M.) Program: WCU's online M.P.M. was the first of its kind to be accredited by The Project Management Institute and AACSB International.

Master of Business Administration (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.

Mission Statement

The School of Economics, Management, and Project Management prepares students, drawn primarily from North Carolina and the surrounding states, to be productive contributors to society by being business ready® to meet the needs of profit and not-for-profit organizations.  Our students are prepared for innovative leadership through a unique curriculum that emphasizes active learning under highly-qualified professors and hands-on engagement with local, regional, national and international businesses.

Jon Marvel Ph.D.; Professor of Management
School Director
Vittal Anantatmula D. Sc.; Professor of of Project Management
Andrew Carnes Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Management
Todd Creasy D.M.; Professor of Management
Director, MBA Program
Angela Dills Ph.D.; Professor of Economics, Gimelstob-Landry Distinguished Professor
         of Regional Economic Development
Theresa Domagalski Ph.D.; Professor of Management
Yang Fan Ph.D.; Professor of Project Management
Mariano Garrido-Lopez Ph.D.; Professor of Management
Inhyuck "Steve" Ha Ph.D.; Professor of Economics
Yue C. Hillon Ph.D.;  Professor of Management
Nathan Johnson Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Management, Director MPM Program
Louis Kruger Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Project Management
Edward Lopez Ph.D.; Professor of Economics,  BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism
Director, Center for the Study of Free Enterprise
Hollye Moss Ph.D.; Professor of Management
Sean Mulholland Ph.D.; Professor of Economics
Audrey Redford Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Economics
Thomas Rogers Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Management
James Ullmer Ph.D.; Professor of Economics
Donghyup Woo Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Management
Edward Wright D.M.; Professor of Management, Elingburg Distinguished Professor
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