Master of Business Administration (MBA)

August 21, 2019
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The College of Business and Economics offers the Online Hybrid MBA 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.


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



There are no prerequisite courses;  however students must have at least two years of professional experience before beginning the program. 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 Process

Applicants must be admitted to WVU as a graduate student using 2188 as the major code.

  • Enter the WVU Application portal. 
  • Create a username and password.
  • Once an account has been created, applicants can edit the application at their discretion. Please complete all questions asked.
  • When selecting a start term, choose "fall" or "spring" semester, depending on your preference.
  • Upload an up-to-date resume.
  • Request 1-3 letters of recommendation through the online portal. Individual letters should not exceed one page.
  • Create a Statement of Purpose (not to exceed one page).
  • Pay application fee.
  • Submit application.
  • Applicants will then need to send their transcripts to WVU's Office of Admissions. If the applicant's undergraduate school offers "e-script" (an official electronic copy of transcripts), email the transcripts to This will help expedite the admissions process. If they do not offer this service, please have your official transcripts mailed to: 

    West Virginia University Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment 
    PO Box 6510 
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510
  • For applicants submitting GMAT/GRE scores, the program GMAT code is C2S-6D-25 or 5904 for GRE.
  • International Students are required to submit at TOEFL or IELTS score. The College of Business & Economics TOEFL requirement is higher than the University's—applicants must have a TOEFL score of either 580 (paper), 237 (computer), or 92 (Internet-based). If you have taken the IELTS instead of the TOEFL, the minimum score must be 6.5. English language exam scores should be sent to the Office of Admissions, West Virginia University, PO Box 6009, Morgantown, WV 26506-6009
  • For applicants requesting a GMAT waiver based on 5 or more years of relevant professional work experience, please indicate request for waiver in your Statement of Purpose.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis once all parts of the application are received, including transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation.


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Tuition and Fees

for academic year 2018-2019


Per Credit Hour


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.


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 or 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 31, 2018. 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

  • BADM 612 - Managerial and Team Skills
    Introduces, develops, and enhances managerial skills for complex organizations. Explores managerial philosophies, one's own managerial style, and the dynamics of working groups and teams.
  • BADM 621 - Business Research
    Develops skills in data-driven, fact-based decision making; develops the ability to critically evaluate research proposals and studies which rely on business research; provides a basic understanding of reading and conducting empirical research.
  • BADM 622 - Financial Statements Analysis
    Provides an overview of the current financial reporting process. Includes discussion of the respective reporting vehicles, financial statements, and the alternatives available which affect the reporting process.
  • BADM 641 - Decision Analysis for Executives
    Applied mathematical course in solving business problems and decision making issues from a general managerial perspective with particular emphasis on the operations management area of the organization.
  • BADM 631 - Managerial Economics
    Provides a solid foundation of economic understanding for use in managerial decision making. Topics covered include supply, demand, markets, pricing practices, and firm strategies in contestable markets.
  • BADM 623 - Strategy
    Considers the relationship between the individual firm and the forces of the global economy; market research and strategy. Provides analytical tools and frameworks used for identifying and analyzing key strategic issues facing firms today.
  • BADM 613 - Macroeconomics
    Explores how monetary and fiscal policies influence macroeconomic performance, and how macroeconomics impacts business profitability and success. Multidisciplinary approach that synthesizes macro-economic, business strategy, and management perspectives.
  • BADM 644 - Legal Environment and Ethics
    An overview of the legal system and the legal and ethical issues relevant to business decision making, planning, and the interface between business, government, and society.
  • BADM 652 - Marketing Strategy
    Application of marketing concepts to a business environment to enhance understanding of market-driven organizations with emphasis on the process of planning and executing then conception, pricing, promotion, and distribution of ideas, goods and services.
  • BADM 632 - Corporate Finance
    Examines the capital decisions of the firm. This includes a review of the major funding sources for the form and the elements of the decision making, planning, and the interface between business, government, and society.
  • BADM 611 - Management Information Systems
    This course focuses on the management of information and technology in business, and uses lectures, case analysis, and hands-on exercises to explore software tools used in business decision making.
  • BADM 633 - Leadership
    Topics include leadership concepts and practices designed to motivate and support an organization's workforce. Students discuss principles of leadership and explore how these principles affect traditional human resource management topics.
  • BADM 653 - Integrated Global Business
    Explores the various strategic planning options available to companies in order to compete in the global marketplace.
  • BADM 661 - Executive Project 1
    This course provides an opportunity to develop and demonstrate project management skills through the preparation and presentation of a feasibility study of a proposed project/business implementation plan.
  • BADM 662 - Executive Project 2
    This course provides an opportunity to develop and demonstrate project management skills through the preparation and presentation of a full and complete project/business implementation plan.


  • BADM 638 - Operations and Supply Chain Management 
    Considers the concepts of supply chain management and the design/operation of productive systems. Emphasizes quality, competitiveness, and their implications for strategy and the use of analysis tools of management science and statistics.
  • BADM 651 - Personal Financial Planning 
    Discussion of individual financial situations in the following areas: budgeting, insurance coverage, investment planning, credit management, retirement planning and estate planning.
  • ILR 543 - Negotiation Strategy 
    Theory and practice of both principled negotiations and position bargaining; extensive role play and technique building exercises for individual and team negotiations; detailed preparation methods for all types of personal and professional negotiations.
  • BADM 591X - Strategic Communications 
    The course provides a study of public relations, reputation management and communication. The course includes an introduction to communication strategy, function and performance. Students will be introduced to the principles of executive and personal branding; media relations; community relations; multicultural and multigenerational communication; integrated marketing communication; crisis communication; social media; and how organizations manage relationships with important audiences.
  • BADM 562-7D2 - International Business * 
    Course discusses various international cultures, concepts, and business practices and is followed by a trip to a foreign country (e.g., Germany, China) that includes seminars by business leaders and trips to business and historic sites.
  • MKTG 440 - Export Management ** 
    Student teams work directly with participating companies to develop export business plans for specific products and specific countries.

* International Business is taken online in the spring semester with the mandatory 10-14 day trip to Germany or China taken at the end of the semester. Watch a video about the international trip experience.


** Export Management is an ON CAMPUS elective taken in the spring semester. Classes meet one weekend per month on Friday night and Saturday until 4:00 PM.

Career Information

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.


Business Professor

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Information Technology Project Manager

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Education Administrator

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Agent or Business Manager

Projected Growth: 5-9%

General and Operations Manager

Projected Growth: 5-9% *Bright Outlook

Business Intelligence Analyst

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Business Continuity Planner

Projected Growth: 5-9% *Bright Outlook

Online Merchant

Projected Growth: 5-9% *Bright Outlook

Treasurer and Controller

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Financial Manager

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Property, Real Estate Manager

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Real Estate Agent

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Real Estate/Property Manager

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Administrative Services Manager

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Human Resources Specialist

Projected Growth: 5-9%
Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).