Western Illinois University College of Business and Technology

Introduction

The College of Business and Technology strives for quality and continuous improvement in all of its endeavors, and its actions and expectations are based on the fundamental values of Western Illinois University: academic excellence, educational opportunity, social responsibility, and personal growth.

In an environment characterized by growing global economic forces, differences in organizational and cultural values, cultural diversity and changing technology, the CBT actively prepares students to make meaningful contributions to their professions and the larger society in which they work and live.

Mission

The College of Business & Technology prepares students for professional careers and life-long learning in a globalized economy. We provide an innovative and applied education in business and technology that fosters the highest level of academic standards, integrity and ethics among our constituents.

Vision

The College of Business & Technology will be a place of excellence for talented students, faculty and staff. We will foster excellence through innovative, technology focused programs. We will offer an array of learning opportunities for students. We will have dedicated faculty who are excellent teachers and recognized professionally for their work. We will engage in collaborative relationships with industry through joint technology development, sponsored programs and applied research. It will be a leading college in Illinois and beyond.

The College accomplishes its mission through the three key sustaining objectives that are central to the CBT’s vision and mission: 1) teaching, 2) research, and 3) service.

Teaching

The faculty strive to provide a quality educational experience within a comprehensive learning environment and develop students with:

  • Intellectual curiosity and commitment to lifelong learning fostered by a strong college curriculum.
  • A well-developed sense of justice, citizenship, and social responsibility.
  • An understanding of global issues and an appreciation for diversity.
  • Leadership, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to recognize, analyze, and solve conceptual and practical problems/issues.
  • Superior written, oral, and listening skills.
  • The ability to embrace technological advances important to their careers and lives.
  • A working knowledge of the traditional business subjects.
  • A primary focus on undergraduate education and a secondary emphasis on high demand, specialized graduate degree programs.

Research

The College encourages participation in intellectual activities that enable all faculty to maintain their professional competencies, contribute new ideas to their respective disciplines, and increase their effectiveness in the classroom. To accomplish this goal, CBT faculty:

  • Continue to engage in applied, basic, and pedagogical research. Consistent with our mission, emphasis is on applied and pedagogical research.
  • Increase integration of research findings into course content.
  • Expand involvement in instructional development through traditional and innovative techniques including new and revised curricula, projects, and cases.
  • Enhance cooperation and communication among faculty, students, and external agencies to foster the free exchange of ideas.

Service

To develop our knowledge base, skills, and expertise for the betterment of society, College of Business and Technology faculty and administration:

Continue to develop and maintain relationships with business and industry. Expand continuing education, professional development, and training programs. Maintain involvement in professional organizations through active membership and positions of leadership. Actively participate in the University community.

This school offers programs in:
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Master in Computer Science

Campus Full time August 2017 USA Macomb

At Western Illinois University, graduate study in computer science offers the exciting opportunity to work with faculty in their research in artificial intelligence; architecture, database, graphics, languages, networking [+]

At Western Illinois University, graduate study in computer science offers the exciting opportunity to work with faculty in their research in artificial intelligence; architecture, database, graphics, languages, networking, and systems design. You will also be able to access a variety of computer hardware and the best of current software. Our goals for the master’s program in computer science are to offer the knowledge you need to pursue careers in research and commercial environments, and to give you the ability to stay current in our dynamic and rapidly changing discipline. Our graduates have been successful in Ph.D. programs, in industrial research laboratories, in software and hardware design, and in middle and upper-level management for a variety of companies. Requirements If a student requires no remedial computer science coursework, a total of 33 semester hours is required for the master's degree in computer science. There are 18 hours of required core courses in operating systems, databases, artificial intelligence, networks, computer architecture, and computer graphics. The remaining hours are completed by taking depth courses in the same areas, writing a thesis, and/or completing a commercial-oriented project. There are three flexible options for completing your Masters degree in Computer Science at WIU: An all coursework option, a commercial project-oriented option, and a traditional research-based thesis option. In each, you will take courses that stress projects, teamwork, and a fundamental knowledge of computing. Thesis plan The thesis plan requires 27 hours of coursework and six hours of research. The final thesis will be a formal document describing the research and will be prepared in accordance with the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. Project plan The project plan requires 30 hours of coursework and three hours of directed study research. A final written report on the research project is required. All coursework plan The all coursework plan requires 33 hours of coursework. Tuition - In-State: $317.31 per credit hour - Out-of-State: $634.62 per credit hour [-]

Master in Engineering Technology Leadership

Campus Full time August 2017 USA Macomb

The Master of Science program in Engineering Technology Leadership provides advanced course work in manufacturing strategies, agendas, and quality control and addresses principles of world-class organizations [+]

The Master of Science program in Engineering Technology Leadership provides advanced course work in manufacturing strategies, agendas, and quality control and addresses principles of world-class organizations and restructuring of manufacturing practices, including: simultaneous/concurrent engineering practices, just-in-time manufacturing, material requirements/resources planning, and product and process simplification with value analysis/value engineering. The program permits advanced course work for those persons having baccalaureate degrees in a variety of related technological fields (manufacturing, engineering, industrial, and production are a few examples). Other professionals who find it necessary to develop technical knowledge and skills from disciplines as diverse as computer science, industrial engineering, and business administration can benefit from the program. Courses Students have the choice of one of three plans: - thesis, - professional internship, - or independent research. Experiences include automation, CAD/CAM, CNC, robotics, measurement, and process control. The opportunity to participate in industrial work experiences (manufacturing internship), to pursue independent studies, and to perform independent research, coupled with graduate laboratory courses and technical writing at required industry standards, provides a balanced program of studies that may be designed to meet the individual needs of the student. Tuition - In-State: $317.31 per credit hour - Out-of-State: $634.62 per credit hour [-]

Master of Accountancy

Campus Full time 1 - 5 years August 2017 USA Quad Cities Macomb + 1 more

The Master of Accountancy degree, offered at WIU's Macomb campus, is designed as [+]

The Master of Accountancy degree, offered at WIU's Macomb campus, is designed as: - A one-year program for candidates with accounting degrees from accredited institutions; or - A two-year program for candidates whose business degree is not in accounting; or - An approximately three-year program for those candidates who do not possess degrees in business disciplines (to provide time to complete all background courses and graduate course requirements); or - A five-year integrated, undergraduate & graduate degree. Each prospective Master of Accountancy candidate is required to complete a graduate program of study, subject to approval by the Graduate Committee for Accountancy. The WIU Department of Accountancy provides a student-centered environment that promotes academic excellence, professional and personal growth, a spirit of collegiality, and ethical and professional conduct. The Department’s curriculum and activities develop outstanding graduates who demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to enter the accounting profession and to meet future career challenges. Scholarships A variety of scholarships is available to accountacy students. Student Organizations Accountancy students are encouraged to become active members of the student organizations affiliated with the department. Tuition - In-State: $317.31 per credit hour - Out-of-State: $634.62 per credit hour [-]

Master of Economics

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 USA Macomb

The MA in Economics at Western Illinois University is a specialized program preparing students for various positions in business and government, or desiring to teach in two-year colleges, or intending to advance into doctorate studies in business, economics, and the law. [+]

The MA in Economics at Western Illinois University is a specialized program preparing students for various positions in business and government, or desiring to teach in two-year colleges, or intending to advance into doctorate studies in business, economics, and the law. Six reasons to get your MA in Economics at WIU Program Can be Completed in One Calendar Year. If a student enters the program with no deficiency courses to complete, and works closely with the graduate advisor, the 30 hour program can be completed in one calendar year. Average Class Size at the 500 Level is 15. Graduate classes are usually capped at 25 students. A class will exceed 25 students only on rare occasions. Diverse Student Body A major strength of the program is the diversity of the student body. The person in the next seat might be a Fulbright Scholar, the recipient of a Mandela scholarship, a German exchange student, or a Peace Corps Fellow, all studying and interacting in a friendly environment that is conducive to learning. Up to date Curriculum Taught by a Dedicated and Caring Faculty The curriculum is reviewed continually with faculty members being encouraged to develop new courses. Alumni testimonials make clear that the faculty are not only technically competent but also take an active interest in the development of their students. Graduate Assistantships (GA's) Include Tuition Waviers A student receiving a graduate assistantship for the academic year also receives a tuition waiver for all classes taken during the academic year and one summer session. Fees cannot be waived. In Addition to GA's, Other Employment is Available on a Competitive Basis Master of Arts in Economics students have found employment in other areas on a regular basis. This employment is almost always in the form of a graduate assistantship which also includes a tuition waiver. The MA in Economics at WIU is also: - Small enough to provide individual attention. - Large enough to provied a wide selection of courses. - Flexible enough to meet many career objectives. - Competitively priced for all students. Admission Requirements For admission to the Master of Arts in Economics program, students should have undergraduate preparation in economics to include intermediate micro- and macroeconomic theory as well as a semester each of calculus and statistics. Students without the recommended background will be required to complete one or more of the following courses depending on the area(s) in which additional preparation is necessary: ECON 509 (with grade of S), ECON 381 (with grade of C or better), and STAT 171 (with grade of C or better). These courses or their equivalents must be completed before the student may enroll in the core graduate economics courses. Tuition - In-State: $317.31 per credit hour - Out-of-State: $634.62 per credit hour [-]