MASTER OF BUSINESS
ADMINISTRATION

January 8, 2017
Next Start Date
$932
Cost Per Credit Hour

Overview

The College of Business and Economics offers the Online Hybrid M.B.A. program for working professionals who want the convenience and flexibility of online learning from a nationally recognized university. WVU’s program has been ranked in the top 40 online MBA programs by U.S. News and World Report for four consecutive years and is continually recognized as a “Best for Vets” program by Military Times. This program also requires students to attend four 3-4 day residencies – three in Morgantown and one in Washington, D.C. These residencies enable students to meet their professors, network with classmates and engage in experiential learning.



Accreditation

West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. This program is accredited by AACSB – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.



Admissions

All applicants must have two or more years professional, full-time work experience and have an earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. There are no prerequisite courses; however, online, not-for-credit classes in Financial Accounting, Economics and Statistical Concepts through Ivy Software are recommended for those without a strong background in these disciplines.


Application Requirements

Applicant must:

  • Apply with the online Graduate Application
  • Pay graduate application fee
  • Submit a statement of purpose: Your statement of purpose should be a short essay in which you reflect on the contribution of the degree to your future and the special characteristics that you would bring to the program.
  • Provide letters of reference: We recommend that your reference provide some information that is not found in the other materials being submitted. Topics with regards to your ability to work with others, your discipline and ambition, leadership potential, etc. should be addressed.
  • GMAT or GRE Scores (or waiver): You should have test scores submitted from the GMAT (WVU code: C2S-6D-13) or from the GRE (WVU code: 5904). Early test taking is encouraged. If you have 5+ years of continuous full-time professional work experience and a 3.0+ undergraduate GPA, or a terminal degree, you may request a GMAT waiver. To do so, the completed GMAT waiver request form must be uploaded to your online application.
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and send to:

    WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
    One Waterfront Place
    PO Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510

    or

    electronically sent to GraduateAdmissions@mail.wvu.edu


Cost

ResidentsNon-Residents
Tuition and Fees

for academic year 2016-2017

$932

Per Credit Hour

$932

Per Credit Hour

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.



Curriculum

Students complete 48 credit hours in two years with 9 credit hours taken in the fall and spring semesters and 6 credit hours taken in the summer semesters.


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The curriculum consists of the following courses:


Areas of Emphasis


Energy Finance Emphasis

The Area of Emphasis in Energy Finance is intended to prepare MBA students to work in the growing energy industry. Students will be exposed to course work in finance, law, ethics and risk management as it pertains to the field of energy. The four associated courses, listed below, are substituted in place of other MBA courses resulting in no additional credit hours.

FIN 530 Energy Financial Economics (3 credits)
FIN 531 Energy Law/Regulation/Ethics (3 credits)
FIN 532 Energy Financial Accounting (3 credits)
FIN 533 Energy Financial Risk Management (3 credits)

Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination Emphasis

The Area of Emphasis in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination is ideal for students interested in detecting, preventing and deterring fraud. Students pursuing this area of emphasis will be required to attend two additional 2-3 day residencies to coordinate with the required emphasis courses. The first residency will be in the first summer of the MBA program, typically at the end of June. The second residency will be in the second summer, typically at the end of July/beginning of August. The four associated courses, listed below, are substituted in place of other MBA courses resulting in no additional credit hours.

ACCT 581 Fraud Investigation (3 credits)
ACCT 582 Fraud Data Analysis (3 credits)
ACCT 583 Fraud Criminology/Legal Issues (3 credits)
ACCT 584 Advanced Fraud Investigation (3 credits)

Integrated Marketing Communications Emphasis

The Area of Emphasis in Integrated Marketing Communications is intended to prepare MBA students to develop the skills required to manage integrated marketing communications campaigns for their firms. Students will be exposed to coursework in integrated marketing communications, audience insight, brand equity management and emerging media. Students interested in this AOE must apply separately as only five candidates will be accepted each term. Application deadline for Fall AOE Admission is July 15, 2016. Two of the four associated courses, listed below, are taken as MBA electives and two are taken as additional courses in the plan of study resulting in an additional 6 credit hours for a total of 54 credit hours.

IMC 610 Introduction to Integrated Marketing Communications (3 credits)
IMC 612 Audience Insight (3 credits)
IMC 613 Brand Equity Management (3 credits)
IMC 619 Emerging Media and the Market (3 credits)

Core Courses:

Managerial and Team Skills
Business Research
Financial Statements Analysis
Decision Analysis for Executives
Managerial Economics
Strategy
Corporate Finance Marketing Strategy
Management Information Systems
Leadership
Integrated Global Business
Executive Project I
Executive Project II
Macroeconomics
Legal Environment and Ethics

Electives:

Operations and Supply Chain Management
Personal Financial Planning
Negotiation Strategy
Strategic Communications
Export Management


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