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The mission of the Walker College of Business’ MBA Program is to provide educational experiences that prepare our students for life-long learning and professional leadership responsibilities in a dynamic global environment.  The flexibility in our program allows each student to receive the best educational experience possible through a full-time program as well as part-time programs in two locations.  The MBA program is open to all undergraduate majors, having available online learning modules to help all students quickly meet any required prerequisite knowledge they may need to be successful in our program.

To fulfill the mission of the MBA program extensive resources are dedicated to ensuring the program is well rounded. In addition to a robust curriculum, the MBA program places a heavy emphasis on practical job preparation and professional development through practicums, internships, and executive skills courses. Students benefit from dedicated academic advising and also receive one-on-one career coaching from the Walker College of Business Graduate Programs. The program ensures that students are business savvy, internationally experienced, proven leaders, proficient communicators, ethical, and employable.  In keeping with the Walker College’s belief in the power of international experience, students in the MBA program participate in world travel as a required part of the curriculum.

The full-time MBA program comprises 36 credit hours, with 27 hours of core courses and 9 hours of electives.  Electives allow students to focus upon 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. 

The Walker College offers two part-time evening MBA programs, a distance education MBA program in Hickory, North Carolina and [one based on Appalachian State University’s main campus]. These 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. 

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. Students receive individualized attention through extensive student-faculty collaboration, and benefit from frequent networking and team building opportunities. The Walker College of Business maintains accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Current MBA candidates Jennifer Francavilla, Anthony Berghammer and Sloan Evans discuss their experiences with our program in the videos below

Jennifer Francavilli

Anthony Berghammer

Sloan Evans


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Business students honored by Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies Apr 25, 2017

The Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies honored several Walker College of Business students during the Graduate School Awards Ceremony held April 13 on the campus of Appalachian State University.

Graduate Programs at WCOB to Host Virtual Information Sessions Apr 24, 2017

The Walker College of Business will host virtual information sessions for individuals interested in learning more about the Master of Science in Applied Data and Analytics and the Master of Business Administration Programs.

Walker College of Business featured in Princeton Review’s “Best 294 Business Schools: 2017 Edition” Mar 3, 2017

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Walker College alumnus and entrepreneur featured in recognition of National Entrepreneurship Week Feb 23, 2017

In honor of National Entrepreneurship Week, Walker College MBA alumnus Zak Ammar '16 is featured in "entrepreneur spotlight" on the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce blog.

Walker College alumnus retires as AHRS CEO, community reflects on local and global impact Jan 27, 2017

 In a recent post from High Country Press, The Heartbeat of High Country Healthcare," the writer details the career and experiences of Walker College of Business alumnus Richard Sparks, who retires this mo

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