Nationally recognized App State MBA available online in fall 2020

BOONE. N.C. — Appalachian State University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) — awarded by the Walker College of Business (WCOB) — will be offered online, for the first time, beginning this fall. The application deadline to enroll in the program is July 1.

“Through our new online MBA, we’re delivering the same high-quality education but with more flexibility,” said Walker College Acting Dean Sandra Vannoy.

Appalachian’s MBA is continually recognized by national publications such as The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report and was named a Tier One program in CEO Magazine’s 2019 Global MBA Rankings.

The new MBA offering helps support the university’s goal for slow and steady enrollment growth while simultaneously meeting industry needs and student demands, Vannoy added.

Dr. Ben Powell, Appalachian’s interim vice provost for online learning, said, “The online MBA will provide students a personal, high-quality experience and continue the tradition of extensive and meaningful interaction between faculty and students that is an Appalachian hallmark.

“The college’s leadership has taken the time and care needed to develop a program that combines the trusted educational experience for which the Walker College is so well known with a convenient and flexible format to accommodate working professionals,” he continued.

Dr. Tim Forsyth, WCOB’s acting associate dean for graduate programs and research, said the addition of the online MBA will allow Walker College to “train more students to do business for good.”

“Our online classes will be taught by the same faculty members who teach in the on-campus MBA program,” he explained. “And, consistent with our on-campus mission, we are committed to maintaining small class sizes and providing online MBA students opportunities for direct interaction with our faculty.”

All MBA students learn both practical and theoretical applications that provide a well-rounded business education, providing the skills today’s employers demand.

Graduates of the program will be equipped with the following core set of competencies:

  • Functional business knowledge.
  • Leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Responsiveness to domestic and global business environments.
  • Appreciation for diversity and multiculturalism, as well as ethical and legal responsibilities.
  • Professional development and communication skills.

The 36-credit hour program will provide a flexible, part-time schedule for participants, and Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) waivers are available to eligible applicants.

Learn more about the program

For questions regarding the program’s curriculum, contact Dr. Tim Forsyth at

For admissions questions, contact App State Online at

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About the Walker College of Business

The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University delivers transformational educational experiences that prepare and inspire students to be ethical, innovative and engaged business leaders who positively impact our community, both locally and globally. The college places emphasis on international experiences, sustainable business practices, entrepreneurial programs and real-world applications with industry. Enrolling approximately 3,000 undergraduates in 10 majors and 175 graduate students in three master's programs, the Walker College is accredited by AACSB International – the premier global accrediting body for schools of business. Learn more at

About App State Online

Recognized as one of the top online education destinations in the country by U.S. News and World Report, App State Online (formerly known as Distance Education) is designed to meet students wherever they are — whether they are seeking a degree, a credential or looking to sharpen their personal and/or professional skills. Through App State Online, Appalachian State University offers innovative, flexible and accredited undergraduate and graduate programs through three modes of teaching delivery: online, hybrid or classroom-based at off-campus centers. Learn more at

About Appalachian State University

As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Nationally recognized App State MBA available online in fall 2020
Published: Feb 24, 2020 9:36am