Once again, the Princeton Review lists Western Carolina University’s College of Business as one of the nation’s best schools at which to earn a master’s degree in business administration.
The education services company has included the WCU college in an annually-published guidebook profiling 267 outstanding on-campus programs, with results based on surveys of 23,000 students attending the institutions, as well as assessment of academics and institutional data.
The Princeton Review has featured WCU’s program in its MBA guidebook for many years, said Todd Creasy, director of the university’s master’s degree program in business administration. “We’re so pleased that the Princeton Review has once again recognized our program as one of the nation’s best,” Creasy said. “With our industry-experienced faculty, core and specialized course offerings, as well as our hybrid delivery model, we hope to score even higher next year.”
The 2018 guidebook’s profile of WCU says the MBA program provides solid preparation in general management, teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills, and presentation and quantitative skills.
“We want to offer students a truly robust resource to find information about business school programs,” said Robert Franek, editor-in-chief of the Princeton Review. “We want students to be aware that on-campus and online MBA programs have different strengths and they can use that information to find the best business school for their interests.”
WCU’s MBA curriculum was designed in collaboration with regional employers and is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the internationally recognized accrediting agency for business schools. The program boasts participative engagement with area businesses through tours, internships and guest speakers, adding networking opportunities to the classroom experience.
The program is offered in the evenings in both full-time and part-time formats from the university’s instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square in Asheville. The 36-hour curriculum can be completed by full-time students in three semesters and by part-time students in six semesters. No prerequisite courses are required, but incoming students must attend a pre-MBA “boot camp” each August that covers the basics of accounting, math, economics and Excel, Creasy said.