The ACBSP-accredited Charles M. Snipes School of Business at Lenoir-Rhyne University is named after an extremely hard-working businessman, an LRU graduate, and gave a lifetime of support and service to the University. To carry on his legacy, the SoB has highly qualified faculty members that promote innovative and entrepreneurial thought, leadership, communication skills, ethical behavior, adaptability, the principles of business, and empowerment. Through incorporating the liberal arts throughout the business curriculum, students receive a beautiful blend of theory with a focus on making a global impact in the world of business.
Snipes School offers Bachelors degrees in Accounting, International Business, Economics, International Economics, Entrepreneurship, Management, Finance, and Marketing. For graduate students, there is a Masters in Business Administration, Non-Profit Management MBA, and the Social Entrepreneurship MBA. The MBA can be completed on campus, full-time or part-time, and at your own pace. Those who wish to complete a Bachelors and Masters degree can participate in the Bridges to Dreams Program, which saves on cost and time by working on graduate classes while still being enrolled in undergraduate courses. These students can benefit from the Alumni Advantage Program, which offers tuition discounts on the rest of the graduate courses. For an even more intellectually challenging developmental program, students can enroll in the Honors Academy, which provides more leadership skills-building opportunities.
Many scholarships exist to help fund the LRU education, including the Lineberger Fellows Program. The program is for highly motivated and competitive students who will receive additional professional development opportunities and scholarship money towards their education. LRU provides numerous study abroad trips for business students to places like China, Morocco, Bulgaria, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Iceland, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
LRU provides a fantastic amount of co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for students to enhance their overall educational experience. Many student organizations exist like the Mauney Economics and Business Club, Honor Societies, Broyhill Leaders, and other clubs in areas like arts & media, recreational, religion, community service, culture, politics, and student governance. Throughout their degree path, students are provided with connections to business executives, alumni, and leaders in the business community for mentorship and internship opportunities. Economics students benefit from the Eastern Economic Association Annual Conference, which offers sessions, research, and meetings with professionals from around the world. Global Entrepreneurship Week provides ways to learn from and recognize the works of entrepreneurs through workshops, presentations, and discussions. Business students can grow in their experiential education through participating in the Federal Reserve’s College Fed Challenge Team economic competition or the Project Business Plan Competition. A team of Finance students can oversee an actual university endowment fund through the Portfolio Management Team.
Adult learners who have begun undergraduate work can enroll in the online Bachelors in Business Administration to complete their degree. The SoB also offers an online MBA that can be achieved through live streaming or videos previously recorded. The MBA in Nonprofit Management and the MBA in Social Entrepreneurship are also offered online.