The College of Business is named after John A. Walker, a local businessman, philanthropist, and motivational speaker. Walker served as President of Lowe’s Companies, Inc. where he was one of the founding directors. The Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business is accredited by AACSB international. Students at all levels are encouraged to approach their business degree with a global and solutions based mindset. The goal is to engender students who are ethical, creative, and involved in the local and global communities.
The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University offers 10 majors, including Risk Management and Insurance, Marketing, Computer Information Systems, and Accounting to around 3,000 undergraduate students each semester. There are also 15 minors to choose from, giving ample opportunities to customize this well-rounded business degree. Undergraduate students who maintain a 3.4 GPA or higher are given the opportunity to apply to the selective Walker College of Business Honors Program during the spring semester of Sophomore year.
There are three graduate-level programs available in Accounting, Applied Data Analytics, and an MBA. The MS in Applied Data Analytics program is STEM designated, includes two concentration options, and an optional certification in Business Analytics. The MBA program is offered in three distinct formats, including part-time, full-time, and the part-time off-campus program in Hickory, North Carolina. There are seven distinct concentration options available in Economics, International Business, Supply Chain Management, Sustainable Business, and many more. The Walker College of Business also offers two unique dual degree options for graduate students. These programs collaborate with the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies and include up to 50% of hours from the MBA program to also be counted towards degrees of Master of Public Administration/MBA and Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management/MBA.
Walker College hosts annual events such as Business for Good, a conference held with students and staff to educate on the importance of sustainable business practices. The Global Opportunities Conference is another unique gathering held by the College that focuses on innovative ways to address global obstacles and struggles. The 2019 conference is scheduled to include Kailash Satyarthi, a 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, to speak on his work to end child labor. Along with many academic resources and experiential learning opportunities, there are over 24 distinct business clubs and organizations available to students within the Walker College of Business. These programs include everything from the Hospitality and Tourism Management Student Association to Enactus, a unique experiential learning platform with a focus on creating a better world and developing a generation of leaders with “a head for business and a heart for the world.” Those seeking a Master’s of Science in Accounting through Walker College will have access to accounting specific internship opportunities, as well as, the opportunity to join Beta Alpha Si, an international organization dedicated to excellence in financial information students.
Appalachian offers almost 40 online programs. These programs are offered at satellite campus locations in a hybrid format consisting of both satellite campus and online instruction, and they are offered fully online. Programs offered through the Walker College of Business include an undergraduate degree in Management and a hybrid MBA. All of these programs are fully accredited and include a reputable Appalachian degree.