Longwood’s College of Business and Economics follows seven distinct values-Integrity, Accountability, Respect, Communication, Win-Win, Teamwork, and Growth. These values are known as the Citizen 7 and can be seen throughout all business programs within the CBE. Outside of meeting the educational goals set within the curriculum, the College also expects students to communicate effectively, integrate concepts across disciplines, gain and apply core business knowledge, exercise sound ethical reasoning, and be able to analyze and interpret data effectively. Students are also encouraged to be active participants on campus. This is made possible through a variety of intramural sports teams, school-wide events, a student-run newspaper, and many campus recreational activities. School traditions play a role in the experience as well, with events such as Spring Weekend, Color Wars, and G.A.M.E. walk through downtown Farmville.
Bachelor’s and master’s degrees can be obtained through the College of Business & Economics. Undergraduate degrees include bachelor’s in either Business Administration or Economics. In the Business Administration program, there are eight majors to choose from including-Accounting, Economics, Finance, Information Systems and Cyber Security, Management, Marketing, Real Estate, and Supply Chain Management Endorsement. Those seeking a master’s degree can earn either an MBA or opt for the MBA 4+1 program which allows students to begin earning credits towards their master’s as an undergrad.
There are several organizations for CBE students to join as they work towards their degree. A few of the choices include the ISCS Organization, American Marketing Association, Beta Gamma Sigma, and the Accounting Association. The McGaughy Center is a liaison between local businesses and Longwood University students as they fulfill their internship requirements. The Center also assists students with all aspects of internship and career preparation such as cover letter and resume preparation, seminars, and work on communication and leadership skills. In addition to internships, Longwood students can also participate in the Professional Mentor Program. In the program, local industry leaders meet one on one with qualified students once a month to help guide them in the areas of networking, career coaching, real-world business experiences, and much more. The College of Business & Economics also provides business students with over 25 scholarship opportunities.
Online MBA participants at Longwood University can concentrate in either General Business or Real Estate. Both programs are 31 credit hours in length and can be completed on either a part-time or full-time schedule. Classes run in seven-week terms with two classes per semester. Applicants are evaluated on undergraduate G.P.A., GMAT/GRE scores, personal essays, and personal recommendations. Years of work experience are not required. However, on average students have between five to eight years in a professional work environment.