Appalachian’s Master of Business Administration program provides educational experiences to prepare students for life-long learning and professional leadership responsibilities in a dynamic global environment. The program’s flexibility allows each student to receive the best educational experience possible with the opportunity to complete your degree in one year – through part-time or full-time tracks on the main campus in Boone or part time off campus in Hickory.
We offer rolling admission so you can start your program in the fall, spring or summer. The program provides individualized attention through dedicated career services and academic advising, as well soft-skills and professional development. Appalachian’s MBA program believes that networking and team building are extremely important in the process of building future leaders. Wherever you find yourself in life, you can always call on an Appalachian graduate for help, advice and support.
Appalachian’s MBA program has seven concentrations:
- Business Analytics – Designed to provide advanced skills and techniques that can be applied to discipline-specific and more general business problems. This concentration will leverage the importance of data analytics and enhances it with the business and advanced analytical skills that today's organizations demand for decision making.
- Economics – Helps students understand markets, firms, financial organizations, and public debate about economic policy, including taxation, government expenditure, trade, globalization, health and welfare.
- Interdisciplinary Business – Similar to a General Management concentration, this concentration allows nine hours of any graduate level courses. This provides flexibility and gives students broad exposure to various fields.
- International Business – Provides the analytical tools and conceptual framework needed to understand the international financial, political and economic environment, how that environment influences a firm’s strategy and performance, how culture plays a role in guiding a firm’s strategic activities, and how a firm can leverage home and host country resources to overcome challenges inherent in managing a multinational enterprise.
- Leading and Managing Human Resources – Designed to help students enhance their competencies in areas such as planning, staffing, rewarding and developing talent, and cultivating an organization's people and culture.
- Supply Chain Management – Provides a comprehensive knowledge of planning and managing an organization's resources and processes that create products or services. The resources include the work force, technology, supply chain, production and service creation processes, materials, and information, all of which typically represent a significant portion of an organization's total costs and controllable assets.
- Sustainable Business – Prepares a student to identify green market opportunities and to manage organizations for the triple bottom line of environmental, social and financial performance.
Course titles and information can be found in the Graduate Bulletin at these links:
Required Entrance Exam: GMAT OR GRE (score must be no more than 5 years old)
Required number of references to specify in the online form: 3
Supplemental Information: Resume (Required upload for application submission)
Basic Conditions for Consideration of Admission: Meeting or exceeding the conditions below does NOT guarantee admission. All applications for a given entry term will be weighed based upon the number of seats available and the quality of the complete application packages. With special permission from the Graduate School, a program may admit a limited number of students with exceptional circumstances who do not meet the graduate school minimums.
Students applying to the MBA program who need prerequisite courses have the option of an accelerated prerequisite program. The accelerated program offers a range of self-paced courses that are designed to be used as prerequisites to a core set of courses in graduate business education. This will allow the MBA to be open to all undergraduate majors who wish to apply and finish the degree in one year.
Graduate School: 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores from the appropriate admission test(s), OR 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores at the 25th percentile level from the appropriate admission test(s).
Admission to Business Administration: Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of applications are reviewed in comparison to the current applicant pool.
- Duke Energy Corporation
- Hanesbrands Inc.
- Bank of America
- Deloitte Consulting LLP
- Abbott Laboratories
- Mariott International
- Hillshire Brands
- Piedmont Hospital
- Blue Bell Inc.
- Alpine Pro
- Lockheed Martin Corporation
- Lowe’s Home Improvement
- American Express
- Cisco Systems Inc.
- Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation
- Synchrony Financial
- Spring: on campus and off campus: 11/1
- Summer Session 1: on campus and off campus: 4/1
- Summer Session 2: x
- Fall: on campus: 7/1 (priority - 3/15); off campus: 7/1
*See full deadline information below under Application Essentials.
- The MBA program’s accolades include Top Tier ranking for North American schools by the International Graduate Forum (IGF), Global MBA Super Table, Triad Business Journal’s Largest N.C. MBA Programs, and CEO Magazine MBA Rankings-Tier One.
- You will study in the Walker College of Business, accredited by AACSB since 1976 and ranked in The Princeton Review’s Best 295 Business Schools for 2016.
- The program offers high value for the cost and can be completed in one year if you enroll full time.
- You will benefit from a dedicated academic advising and a career services office that assists students with programs of study, and professional, leadership and career development opportunities.
- The business practicum and internship program offers opportunities for practical work experience.
- The international experience provides a student international exposure into various countries.
- There is the option of an accelerated prerequisite program.
- All graduate programs at Appalachian have small class sizes, providing intimate classroom interaction.
- The School of Graduate Studies offers scholarships, fellowships and assistantships to support eligible, full-time, degree-seeking students.
Method of Delivery
On campus and off campus
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- Director of Operations
- Senior Marketing Manager
- Director of Finance and Accounting
- Director of International Trade
- Vice President of Corporate and Institutional Banking
- Quality Management Specialist
- General Manager
- Project Manager
- Organizational Chain Management
- Financial Advisor
- Chief Information Officer
- Business Manager
- Marketing Analytics Analyst
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