Western Carolina University College of Business

Introduction

College of Business History

The Business Department of Western Carolina Teachers College was founded in 1934 by C. W. Humphrey. Humphrey furnished typewriters and tables from his personal funds. The one department, with three courses and eight to ten students, flourished and grew.

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Business Administration was introduced in 1947. The first Business Administration degrees were awarded in 1955. In 1967, the School of Business was established with five departments. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration was offered with concentrations in accounting, data processing, finance, management, marketing and office administration. Business education was an affiliated area of office administration.

The Master in Business Administration was initiated in 1970, the same year that the School of Business moved into the Frank Forsyth building. The new building housed an IBM 360, Model 30 computer. In 1977 the School of Business was reorganized into four departments. The four department organization remained in place until 1998.

In January of 1981, Chancellor H. F. Robinson and Vice Chancellor Robert E. Stoltz announced the commitment of Western Carolina University to seek accreditation of its business programs by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (now Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). In 1983, the School's undergraduate programs were successfully accredited followed by the graduate program in 1984. Reaccreditation of all programs occurred in 1990 and again in 2000.

In the Fall of 1994 the School of Business changed it name to the College of Business.

College of Business Vision

The College of Business will enhance its regional reputation for distinctive competencies in management education for the information age.

College of Business Mission

The College of Business mission is to facilitate student learning for a global business environment through teaching, our primary responsibility. Our curricula, which include a focused set of undergraduate degrees and graduate professional programs, provide students with technological expertise, discipline-based knowledge, and career enhancing skills.

We engage primarily in applied and instructional development research and we provide service to our campus, professional, and regional constituencies.

A set of shared values and the guiding principles of pursuing excellence with a personal touch govern our actions.

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Master of Accountancy (M.Ac.)

Campus Full time Part time 12 months August 2017 USA Asheville + 1 more

The M.Ac. program is favored by students interested in a career in public accounting. It prepares students to meet the AICPA and state board 150-hour requirement for licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). [+]

The Master of Accountancy degree is designed to provide students with the necessary foundation for successful careers in public accounting, industry, government, and not-for-profit institutions. It prepares students to meet the AICPA and state board 150-hour requirement for licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Core classes of the Master of Accountancy program are offered evenings and weekends in the graduate center located in Karpen Hall on the campus of UNC-Asheville.

 

 

Admission Requirements

 

In addition to an acceptable score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) applicants must submit transcripts showing completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with an acceptable GPA.  In addition to those with an undergraduate degree in business, the program encourages application from students with degrees in other fields.  In any event, students must satisfactorily complete courses in financial accounting, taxation, statistics, management, microeconomics, and finance as prerequisites to the program.... [-]


Master of Business Administration

Campus Part time August 2017 USA Asheville

The program will prepare you to handle the business complexities of the global marketplace. Graduates have accepted highly responsible and lucrative jobs in organizations throughout the United States and the world. [+]

Program Overview

 

The Master of Business Administration degree was first offered by Western Carolina University more than thirty years ago, and the entire MBA curriculum has been offered through Western's Graduate Center in Asheville for more than twenty years. Today, employers consistently report that Western's students are well prepared to handle the business complexities of the global marketplace. Graduates have accepted highly responsible and lucrative jobs in organizations throughout the United States and the world.

 

Students with technical, liberal arts, or business undergraduate degrees find that an MBA degree broadens their views and sharpens their skills. Students learn about accounting, economics, finance, information systems, law, management, marketing, and communication.... [-]


Master of Entrepreneurship

Online Part time

This is not a program in general business; it is a deep dive into the principles of entrepreneurship. It's accessible not only to students in Western North Carolina, but anywhere else in the state and beyond. [+]

The program is a part time, fast track, cohort based, 30 hour program in entrepreneurship, designed for working people. This is not a program in general business; it is a deep dive into the principles of entrepreneurship. From developing an idea, to refining the vision, to determining viability, to establishing the venture, to marshaling the forces, to proving the concept, to mezzanine financing, to growing the venture, to harvesting the business, each course in the series takes you deeper into the entrepreneurial act.The Master of Entrepreneurship program requires 30 semester hours consisting of ENT 601, 610, 620, 625, 630, 640, 650, 660, 670, and 675.

 

Admission Requirements: Applicants must present a minimum score of 400 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or an equivalent minimum score on the Graduate Records Examinations (GRE).... [-]


Master of Project Management (M.P.M.)

Online Part time 2 years

The online Internet-based M.P.M. program is designed to bring the benefits of modern technology and high quality, graduate-level instruction to project management professionals in a form that parallels their fast-paced working world. [+]

Program Description

 

The online Internet-based M.P.M. program is designed to bring the benefits of modern technology and high quality, graduate-level instruction to project management professionals in a form that parallels their fast-paced working world.

 

The Master of Project Management (MPM) Degree Program at Western Carolina University was the first such master's degree in the United States at a nationally accredited institution and the first one to be accredited by PMI (1983).   The MPM Program was initiated with the active sponsorship, cooperation and support of the Project Management Institute, the premiere, world-wide, non-profit professional organization for professional project managers. The program is part of the Management and International Business Department within the College of Business.  MPM strives to be the pre-eminent comprehensive educational program for professional project managers, to advance the project management profession through teaching, research and service, and to develop leaders in the project management profession. ... [-]


Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.)

Campus September 2017 USA Cullowhee

This Master program is an opportunity for you to obtain advanced training to prepare for leadership and management positions. [+]

Program Description

 

The Master of Public Affairs degree is designed for managers, executives, and other leaders looking for career development. While their undergraduate training varies, many M.P.A. students are usually employed in public agencies. For those with limited experience, the program is an opportunity to obtain advanced training to prepare for leadership and management positions.

 

The curriculum leading to the degree combines a core of general public managerial courses with others in a specialization chosen according to the student's career plans. The core classes emphasize applied skills in management, budgeting, policy analysis, and quantitative methods. Specializations include management, public finance, criminal justice, health care, arts management, and human resources management.... [-]