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The Appalachian MBA

Accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier global accrediting body for schools of business, the Walker College of Business MBA Program provides transformative, educational experiences that prepare students for life-long learning and professional leadership responsibilities in a dynamic, global environment. Flexibility in the program allows for a full-time option as well as part-time programs in two locations. The MBA program offers rolling admission in its full-time as well as part-time programs to provide incoming students the flexibility to start the program in the Fall, Spring or Summer. Learn more 


Appalachian State University was recognized among  Princeton Review's 2018 list of best on-campus MBA schools (Read the News post here) and ranked by US News & World Report as a Best Part-time MBA Program for 2018. Read the news post

Off Campus MBA Program

Located in Hickory, NC the Off-Campus MBA program is a part-time, evening, year round program offering a hybrid delivery model (a combination of face-to-face and online instructions) with classes meeting approximately two nights per week. Off-campus students typically take 6 hours per semester (fall, spring, and summer one) to complete the 36 hour program in approximately two years. 


The distance education MBA program accepts applicants on a "rolling admission‟ basis subject to the deadline for Fall, Spring and Summer Session. Accepted candidates can cycle in, take two classes per semester and complete the program in approximately two years.  For more information regarding the Distance Education MBA program, contact the Program Manager, Ms. Buffy Flowers at or 828-327-7000 ext. 4106

Full-Time Program

The full-time MBA comprises 36 credit hours, with 27 hours of core courses and 9 hours of electives that allow for a focus on one of seven concentrations in Business Analytics, Supply Chain Management, Economics, Sustainable Business, International Business, Leading and Managing Human Resources, or Interdisciplinary Business. Students taking 12 hours per semester will finish the program in one year. Learn more.

Latest News

Walker College director of professional education continues collaboration on IOHRM study Oct 5, 2018

Dr. Shawn Bergman, director of the Walker College of Business' professional education program, and Dr.

Information systems professors awarded one of only two grants to further ethics in blockchain research Sep 26, 2018

Two Walker College of Business faculty members, Dr. Jason Xiong and Dr. Lakshmi Iyer, have received funding to continue their research on ethics in blockchain for the 2018-19 academic year.

Boone Chamber honors Walker College alumna, partners at meeting Aug 9, 2018

Walker College of Business alumna Mary-Louise Roberts '81, '82 recently earned the 2018 Dan Meyer Partnership Award.

MBA Alumni Highlight: Natalie Martin Jul 3, 2018

Natalie Martin '13 is a Connected Vehicle Business Development Manager for Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks within the Uptime Business Development team.

Walker College to offer Summer STEM program for girls May 10, 2018

Appalachian State University will offer Aspire IT, a summer outreach program that aims to increase diverse students' awareness about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) ed

MBA Testimonial


Part-Time Programs

Appalachian offers two part-time evening options, including a distance education MBA program in Hickory, North Carolina. Evening programs are year round, offering face-to-face instruction with classes meeting approximately two nights per week. While students may create a customized program of study, students typically take 6 credit hours per semester (fall, spring, and summer) to complete the 36-hour program in approximately two years. Learn more.

Masters Matter: MBA Trip to Cuba

University Communications Dave Blanks leads an in-studio discussion with MBA students Chris Grulke and Ben Perez as well as Dr. Shinnar. The trip fulfilled the international component of the MBA program for Perez and Grulke.

Listen to the podcast here!

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