West Virginia University - College of Business and Economics

Introduction
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.

Vision

One WVU

Values

  • 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.

Vision

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.

Accreditation

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 2015-16, 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.

Athletics

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 2016-2017 academic year.

Libraries

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.

Tuition

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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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

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

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2018 USA Morgantown

The WVU MSIR Program 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 developing talent to meet the needs of employers through practical learnings on the best Human Resource Management practices The WVU MSIR Program 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 that is averaging 90%. The MSIR Program is enhanced significantly by the 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... [-]

MS in Finance

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years July 2018 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. [+]

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."... [-]

MS in Forensic & Fraud Examination

Online & Campus Combined Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 USA Morgantown

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. [+]

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... [-]

Master

Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA)

Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 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 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. Recommended Course Sequence Fall Semester courses begin in late August and Spring Semester courses in mid January. Summer session I classes begin in mid-May and are completed by June 30. Due to possible course rotations between semesters, students may start the program only in August or January. ACCT 511 Financial Accounting Theory and Practice ACCT 551 Assurance Services/Professional Standards ACCT 561 Governmental/Not for Profit Accounting ACCT 591F ADTP: Bus/Econ Decision Making ACCT 512 Mergers and Acquisitions ACCT... [-]

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