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Princeton Review lists College of Business among best for on-campus MBA

By Julia Duvall

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The Princeton Review lists Western Carolina University’s College of Business as one of the nation’s best schools to earn an on-campus master’s degree in business administration in the new poll that was released Tuesday, Jan. 31.

The education services company (not affiliated with Princeton University) has included the WCU college in its profiles of more than 240 outstanding on-campus programs, based on a combination of institutional and student survey data, including career outcomes, admissions selectivity and academic rigor, among others.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our MBA faculty,” said AJ Grube, dean of the College of Business. “The investments they make in preparing our students truly make the difference – for both the students and for our region.”

WCU’s MBA curriculum was designed in collaboration with regional employers and is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the internationally recognized accrediting agency for business schools. The program boasts participative engagement with area businesses through tours, internships and guest speakers, adding networking opportunities to the classroom experience.

The program offers flexible enrollment, so students may attend full-time or part-time. Classes are offered in a hybrid format, with about half the class sessions meeting in the evenings at the university’s Biltmore Park instructional site in Asheville, and the other half completed online.

The 36-hour curriculum can be completed by full-time students in three semesters and by part-time students in six semesters. No prerequisite courses are required, but incoming students must attend a pre-MBA “boot camp” each August that covers the basics of accounting, math, economics and Excel.

For more information about WCU’s MBA program, contact Kelly McIntyre, MBA program manager, at 828-654-6533 or

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