WCU’s College of Business among best places to earn MBA

A book published by the Princeton Review lists Western Carolina University’s College of Business among the nation’s best schools at which to earn a master’s degree in business administration.

The education services company included the WCU college in the 2013 edition of its guidebook, “The Best 296 Business Schools,” which is based on surveys of 19,000 students in business programs around the world.

“We consider Western Carolina one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president and publisher. “We selected the schools we profile in this book – 280 of which are in the U.S.A. and 16 are international – based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools.”

The guidebook’s two-page profile of WCU’s College of Business says it provides “solid preparation” for students in finance and management. Student who commented for the survey said WCU’s MBA program has established “a reputation for not being an ‘assembly-line’ program” and students get a lot of personal attention from the “excellent, accessible professors with relevant professional experience.” One student said WCU offers a “quality MBA program with experienced, grounded faculty at a great price.”

The Princeton Review has featured Western Carolina as home to a top MBA program for several consecutive years, said Darrell Parker, a Buncombe County native who became dean of the College of Business in July.

“We are always pleased to see external validation and recognition of the quality and distinctiveness of our graduate programs. With our new facility in Biltmore Park, we will be able to continue to expand our master of business administration and master of accountancy programs to serve the region,” Parker said.

“WCU’s College of Business is well-positioned for further expansion,” he said. “Our graduates and their employers know that when students complete a business degree at WCU, they are business-ready.”

The College of Business is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which is widely regarded as the international benchmark for business school quality. The college also offers top-ranked graduate programs in project management and entrepreneurship, both available online.

For more information about WCU’s MBA program, contact program director Steve Ha at 828-227-3008 or via email at iha@wcu.edu, or visit the website mba.wcu.edu.