Master of Business Administration

Apply Visit FAQ

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 

US News & World Report

Appalachian State University was 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 face-to-face instruction 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. 

Course Information
Please note the "Off-campus schedule" for the schedule of classes offered to the part-time evening program in Hickory. See the Coursework Schedule: (link to Academics Page)

Additionally, the Graduate Bulletin MBA pages are available. (Link: Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the information on the MBA website and in the Graduate Bulletin. 

The distance education MBA program accepts applicants on a "rolling admission‟ basis subject to the deadline for Fall, Spring and Summer Session One at one off-campus location. Accepted candidates can cycle in, take two classes per semester and complete the program in approximately two years.

Proposed Cohorts
See Distance Education

For more information regarding the Off Campus 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

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

Interactive dashboard in Peacock Hall offers insight on energy consumption Apr 30, 2018

An interactive screen in Peacock Hall enables those who work and learn in the building to gain insights about energy consumption.

Capturing Cuba — Appalachian students discuss, share photos from Cuba trip Apr 25, 2018

BOONE, N.C. — During spring break of March 2018, 20 Appalachian State University students and three faculty members traveled to Cuba as part of a Walker College of Business international study experience.

Business students honored for outstanding academic performance Apr 22, 2018

Thirty business students were recognized Friday, April 20 during the 2018 Walker College of Business (WCOB) Honors Convocation, held in the Plemmons Student Union on the campus of Appalachian State University.

MBA Testimonial

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!

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.

Upcoming Events