WVU’s Executive MBA goes online

January 21, 2010

Busy professionals seeking an MBA degree to advance their careers will have an accredited, flexible option this, fall as West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics announced Thursday that it will offer the executive MBA online.

“This is the first online executive MBA in the state by a college or university accredited by AACSB International,” said William Trumbull, interim dean of the College of Business and Economics.  AACSB is the “gold standard” for accreditation.

While the majority of the program is offered online, four 3-4 day residencies are required during the two-year program.  The residencies will focus on experiential learning and allow students to build a connection to the WVU network and their classmates.  While three of the residencies are on WVU’s main campus in Morgantown, one residency, The Washington Campus, gives students an inside look at the intersection of business and government in Washington, DC.

“This highly interactive, online program will provide these MBA students opportunities to learn from experts,” said Trumbull.  “Many of our faculty have earned doctorates from leading business schools and have extensive business experience.  This expertise will enable students to bridge the gap between theory and practice.”

Ryan Culhane, who earned an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, said the EMBA management training was “instrumental in taking my career to the next level.”  He received his EMBA degree in 2009 and is director of service for GE Healthcare, a company that installs and services medical imaging equipment. He is responsible for operations in all of West Virginia and parts of four surrounding states.

“Being in the program during the economic crisis strengthened and reinforced my learning. I was able to have in-depth conversations during class with my professors and classmates on the challenges the world was facing,” he said. “Also, several of us traveled to Washington, D.C., and were able to discuss these issues first-hand at the Department of the Treasury and with business and political experts.”

Each course in the 48 credit-hour program lasts from four to eight weeks and students take one course at a time. As an option, students have the opportunity to participate in a week-long study-abroad program in Germany, Ireland, China, Poland, Prague, or Italy.

AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, is the longest-serving and largest global accrediting body for business schools, with more than 1,100 educational institutions and other organizations in 70 countries.

The executive MBA program has been taught in distance-education centers throughout West Virginia for more than a decade.

For more information, visit www.be.wvu.edu/online-mba or call 304-293-7811.

Contact: Elizabeth Vitullo 
Associate Director, Graduate Programs 
304.293.7811 eavitullo@mail.wvu.edu