West Virginia University - College of Business and Economics

AACSB Accredited

Our Mission

The College of Business and Economics provides its constituencies with the knowledge, skills, tools and values required to win in the global marketplace through teaching, research and service.


Better. Bigger. Ranked.


  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Excellence

Strategic Priorities

  • ATTRACT high quality students, faculty and staff, fostering diversity and an inclusive culture.
  • EDUCATE and prepare our students for the market place; excel in research, scholarship and innovation.
  • PLACE our students in internships and jobs upon graduation; connect with the business community to establish college, industry and government partnerships
  • ENGAGE and organize ourselves for success; student and excellence centric; increased internal and external collaboration
  • FUND the vision

As a land-grant institution in the 21st century, WVU will deliver high-quality education, excel in discovery and innovation, model a culture of diversity and inclusion, promote health and vitality, and build pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity between the state, the nation, and the world.


By 2020, WVU will attain national research prominence, thereby enhancing educational achievement, global engagement, diversity, and the vitality and well-being of the people of West Virginia. 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future.

Research Classification

Research University (High Research Activity) as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Many WVU programs hold specialized accreditation.

Academic Excellence

WVU ranks nationally for prestigious scholarships: 24 Rhodes Scholars, 22 Truman Scholars, 40 Goldwater Scholars, two British Marshall Scholars, 4 Morris K. Udall Scholars, 5 USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team Members (and 11 academic team honorees), 9 Boren Scholars, 14 Gilman Scholars, 39 Fulbright Scholars (5 in 2012), 3 Department of Homeland Security Scholars, and 14 Critical Language Scholars.

Online classes are available.

Service and Learning

The Center for Service and Learning develops and organizes service learning and volunteer opportunities for students and faculty. WVU earned the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification—joining only 6% of all universities. It is the only institution in West Virginia the foundation recognizes for its community engagement.

Scholarships and Aid

In 2013-14, WVU provided over $394 million in financial aid (grants, loans, work study, and scholarships). The average package was $16,291. The WVU undergraduate scholarship program awards in excess of $24 million a year; more than 7,100 students benefit from this program annually.


A member of the Big 12 Conference, WVU competes in 17 intercollegiate varsity sports. With the reintroduction of men’s golf, WVU will have 18 sports at the start of the 2015-2016 academic year.


Library facilities—Downtown Library Complex, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library, Law Library, and the West Virginia and Regional History Center. Onsite collections include more than 2.1 million books and 48,000 journal subscriptions, electronic access to 246 networked databases, over 300,000 eBooks, and 45,700 online electronic journals.

Admission and Application Timeline

Admission is based on a combination of high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores. Applications are processed beginning Sept. 15 for admission the following fall. March 1 is the deadline for WV residents to submit PROMISE Scholarship applications. WVU has a rolling admissions policy, and while there is no official application deadline, applicants who apply later in the year may be deferred to the spring semester.


In August 2012, Forbes ranked WVU 30th nationally in its list of Best Buy Colleges. The Forbes list assigns schools a quality rank based on academic offerings, graduate career prospects, graduation rates, and typical graduate debt, then divides that number by the school’s in-state tuition and fees. WVU is Forbes’ sixth-best-buy among land-grant institutions.

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Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 USA Morgantown

The MPA program at WVU is designed to prepare students to meet challenges they face in launching into a career in public accounting. [+]

The best way to launch your CPA career The MPA program at WVU is designed to prepare students to meet challenges they face in launching into a career in public accounting. The structured educational experience of a graduate program broadens and deepens the student's knowledge and skills. Many states, including West Virginia, require 128 hours of formal education before taking the CPA examination and 150 credit hours to be fully certified. Earning a Masters of Professional Accountancy can help students achieve this requirement and begin their careers on solid foundation. Nationally recognized program of excellence In addition to the College's AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International accreditation, the Accounting department earned its own accreditation in 1997. This AACSB Accreditation makes WVU's Accounting department one of the top programs in the country. Fewer than 28 percent of all AACSB-accredited schools have an additional accreditation for their MPA program. Outstanding placement record The MPA program has an excellent placement record. The big four as well as many other international, national, regional, and local firms actively recruit WVU accounting graduates. Admission Requirements Admission to the MPA program is determined by a committee of accounting faculty. The committee acts upon individual applications within a short period of time after receipt of the completed application. GPA and GMAT Requirements The admission committee seeks applicants who possess a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (calculated on all college courses completed or the last 60 hours); an accounting grade point average of 3.0 (calculated exclusive of principles, proctoring, internship, and independent study courses); and a total GMAT score in the 60 percentile or higher. Both full and half-time applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the MPA program. Students who possess appropriate GMAT scores and grade point averages, but do not possess a bachelor's degree in accounting, may apply for provisional MPA graduate status. Provisional students must complete the prerequisite courses before enrolling in MPA courses. Applicants with accounting undergraduate degrees must also satisfy all the prerequisite courses for the MPA program. Students receiving provisional admission to the MPA degree will meet with the MPA coordinator to develop a written plan for the completion of the prerequisite courses. After completing all prerequisite coursework the student must request a change from provisional to regular MPA status which is subject to approval by the MPA Admission Committee. Failure to satisfactorily complete the plan will result in the cancellation of the applicant's provisional MPA graduate student status. Note: No student will be admitted as a provisional graduate student without satisfying the GMAT requirement. GRE scores (Graduate Records Examination) will be accepted in lieu of GMAT scores only for applicants with GRE scores in the 70th percentile or above. Prerequisite Courses Business Finance Income Tax Accounting Principles of Marketing Principles of Management Principles of Microeconomics Introduction to Statistics Introduction to Computer Science Business Law Principles of Accounting I and II Intermediate Accounting I and II Cost/Management Accounting Internal or External Auditing The WV Board of Accountancy requires the above listed courses to sit for the CPA exam in West Virginia, in addition to other accounting related courses. These courses are also required because CPAs need a broad business background in the practice of public accounting. [-]


M.S. in Finance

Campus Full time Part time 13 months June 2017 USA Morgantown + 1 more

The M.S. Finance program is ideal for potential candidates with undergraduate degrees in accounting, finance, engineering, mathematics, physics, geology, or economics, or those with industry experience and the drive to be successful. [+]

Overview The West Virginia University is a CFA® Institute Partner School through the M.S. Finance program. Program graduates are prepared to sit for examination for the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and graduates boast a high pass rate on all three testing levels. The M.S. Finance program is ideal for potential candidates with undergraduate degrees in accounting, finance, engineering, mathematics, physics, geology, or economics, or those with industry experience and the drive to be successful. M.S. Finance graduates, especially those earning the Chartered Financial Analyst credential, enjoy careers with leadership positions across the gamut of financial positions. This includes investment banking positions, portfolio management, financial analyst, fund management, and corporate finance positions, among others. The optional area of emphasis in Energy Finance prepares graduates for leadership careers in the energy sector. This area of emphasis is part of West Virginia University's Shale Gas Initiative and offers B-School graduates entre' into the energy sector and Energy Sector geologists, engineers, and other practitioners the business acumen for energy sector advancement into leadership and decision-making positions. MBA as a gateway to M.S. Finance or M.S. Finance-Energy Area of Emphasis If you are an academically qualified student with a quantitative background such as engineering, business, mathematics, or computer science but don't have a finance or accounting background, you have two options: You can complete the 14-month MBA program, and then stay the following fall semester to take four additional finance courses." This leads to an MBA with an Emphasis in Finance, which is awarded in December." This is the ideal option for students who seek careers in management fields which require a thorough understanding of finance. You can be admitted into the MBA program, then apply to the M.S. in Finance program during your spring semester. "With this option, you will earn both an MBA and an M.S. in Finance in two years." CFA Institute Recognition The WVU College of Business and Economics MS in Finance program has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provides students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams. AACSB Accreditation Degree programs at the WVU College of Business & Economics are accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the top accrediting organization for business schools." Affordable MS Finance at WVU provides an excellent education at a very affordable cost. International Students We actively recruit international students for the MS in Finance and the MBA program. Fifty percent of the current students in the MS in Finance program are international students from China, Australia, Cameroon, Canada, and Taiwan. West Virginia University is West Virginia's flagship institution of higher education. It is the state’s only research, doctoral degree-granting, land-grant university. WVU provides high-quality programs of instruction, offering nearly 200 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels, including the state’s only law school. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the best small cities in the Country. World-class healthcare, recreation, education, and art facilities complement our strong business community. Morgantown provides a friendly and safe environment for international students. [-]

Master of Science in Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MSIR)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 USA Morgantown

Ours is one of the earliest Human Resources programs established in the United States and is among a very limited number of human resources/industrial relations full-time day programs in the country. [+]

A program with an outstanding reputation for imparting employer Human Resource Management practices Ours is one of the earliest Human Resources programs established in the United States and is among a very limited number of human resources/industrial relations full-time day programs in the country. Our graduates are excellently positioned for a wide range of management positions, and our program has an exceptional placement record, enhanced significantly by our extensive alumni network and employer base. A curriculum driven by employer needs WVU MSIR students graduate able to analyze and solve problems, apply leadership and interpersonal skills, and find efficient and fair ways to balance the needs of employees, employers, and society at large. The curriculum focuses on some of the most important issues in helping today's organizations solve problems: global human resource business partnering, performance management and enhancement, increasing productivity, worker participation, expanding and declining labor markets, and new methods of decision-making in the human resource field. Students in our MSIR program enjoy a high level of student/faculty interaction as they prepare for work in a variety of functions, including: Human Resource Management Labor Relations Facilitation and Consulting Mediation and Conflict Resolution Organizational Development Change Management Training and Development Compensation and Benefits Design Employee Plans Administration Equal Opportunity Compliance Human Resources Consulting Global focus The MSIR curriculum incorporates a strong international emphasis. All domestic MSIR students will participate in a two week study abroad experience in Europe at the end of the first year. The students visit many European companies and experience the difference of Human Resources in a global economy. In addition, students have the option to choose the Global Track focus and study abroad a whole semester at the University of Strasbourg in France. A richly diverse student body Students in our program come from a wide range of backgrounds. They may have undergraduate degrees in psychology, business, sociology, history, political science, communications, engineering, and many other fields. Active co-curricular activities to enhance learning MSIR students can participate in a wide variety of co-curricular learning opportunities. Many are co-sponsored by the Industrial Relations Student Association (IRSA), Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) and the MSIR department. These include speakers and workshops, internships, social events, and honor banquets. Students have numerous opportunities to forge friendships, build leadership skills, and receive personal guidance from a formal alumni mentor process. Corporate sponsors of practicum events include firms such as Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Westinghouse, PPG, Nestle Waters, Amazon.com, Marathon, Honeywell, Dow, and General Electric. Student Placement Success Graduates from the MSIR program enjoy successful placement in a diverse group of high quality employers and economic sectors. Recent graduates have accepted challenging positions with national firms such as Bechtel Corporation, General Electric, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo, PPG Industries, Westinghouse, Eaton, Dow Chemical, Shell, Marathon Petroleum and more. The public sector also finds great value in the WVU MSIR with students going to the United Way, West Virginia University Department of Human Resources, Department of the Navy, and the Federal Mediation Conciliation Service to name several. The consulting arena has sought graduates with recent placements at Accenture, Mercer Consulting, Helios HR, Towers Watson and Korn- Ferry International. Placement rates for the MSIR program are driven by: on-campus recruiting by large national firms, the use of the College's Center for Career Development, and the strong involvement of an active alumni. While placement is a function of employer needs and graduate matches, the WVU student is seen as highly competitive in the market place by employers who actively seek Human Resources graduates at the Masters level. The MSIR program has one of the most revered placement rates for graduates, at approximately 90% upon graduation. [-]

MS in Forensic & Fraud Examination

Online & Campus Combined Full time 1 - 2 years August 2016 USA Morgantown

The Department of Accounting has developed an academic program designed to prepare students for careers in litigation support, forensic accounting and fraud examination. [+]

Forensic accountants in demand The widespread growth in white-collar crime, litigation disputes, the illegal international movement of money and terrorism financing have greatly raised the demand for forensic accountants, fraud examiners and for professionals who possess those skills. Federal, state, and local governmental agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, The US Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, Homeland Security, Government Accounting Office and the Offices of Inspector General all need professionals with forensic accounting, fraud examination, litigation dispute and economic crime skills. In the private sector, legislation (e.g., Dodd-Frank of 2010, Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002) and auditing standards (Statement on Auditing Standard No. 99) require companies and their auditors to be more aggressive in detecting, preventing and deterring fraud. Why WVU? Many of our distinguished faculty have earned doctorates from leading business schools and are experts with extensive anti-fraud, forensic accounting, business and professional experience, enabling them to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Hallmarks of our on-line program include exposure to practicing professionals and experiential learning. Throughout the program, students have extensive exposure to world class practicing experts, in addition to our superior full-time faculty. The real-world expertise brought to the classroom in the areas of complex fraud and financial crime examination (e.g., organized criminal, drug trafficking, money laundering and terrorism financing), interviewing, international issues (e.g., moving money around the world, money laundering, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), dispute serves and courtroom preparation yield students who not only know but have done what it takes to be successful in the real-world. CFE Exam Prep Course : Included in your tuition is the ACFE Exam Prep Course, making you eligible and qualified to sit for the CFE Exam. Further, our experiential learning, complex case assignments are designed to ensure that graduates can "hit the ground running" in their jobs. A unique program to answer the need The Department of Accounting has responded to this demand by developing an academic program designed to prepare students for careers in litigation support, forensic accounting and fraud examination. Although many schools offer a single fraud examination or forensic accounting course, very few offer a multi-course program. Employment and Support for Job Placement Students are eligible to participate in all College of Business & Economic’s Center for Career Development (CCD) services. Even for on-campus interviews, on-line students not residing in Morgantown, WV can participate via phone call / via internet-based interviews! WVU typically has more than 25 employers visit campus each year seeking qualified accounting students, and 100s more seeking qualified business professionals from WVU’s many programmatic offerings, many of which also recruit students with FAFE credentials. WVU developed the National Curriculum Dr. Richard Riley was one of the leaders of a national effort to develop curriculum guidelines for fraud and forensic accounting programs on behalf of the National Institute of Justice (Department of Justice). The effort set WVU apart as a thought leader in FAFE education. WVU hosts the Institute for Fraud Prevention (IFP) Executive Director, LaRue Williams and Dr. Richard Riley, Director of Research lead the IFP. The Institute for Fraud Prevention is an industry/university cooperative research effort dedicated to multi-disciplinary research, education and prevention of fraud and corruption. The IFP's primary mission is to improve the ability of business and government to combat these crimes and to educate the general public on effective methods of recognizing and deterring them. The IFP acts as an "honest broker", supporting a dialog across practicing professionals and academics as well as financial and data support for academic researchers examining the challenges and complexities of fraud, white collar and economic crimes. [-]


WVU MBA: A Truly Global Experience