At North Carolina State’s Poole College of Management, the focus in on “…developing and supporting leaders with an entrepreneurial mindset and analytical problem-solving capabilities to positively impact a data-rich, dynamic, global economy.” Nearly 100 highly qualified faculty members work together to help facilitate this mission. Six centers and initiatives also help students meet both their academic and personal goals. These include the Center for Innovation Management Studies, Business Sustainability Collaborative, Enterprise Risk Initiative, Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, Entrepreneurship Collaborative, and Entrepreneurship Clinics. More than 25,000 students have successfully completed their degree through the Poole College of Management. Alumni include business figures in top business positions such as vice presidents, CEO’s, and managing directors.
Undergraduate students of the Poole College of Management have an opportunity to earn one of three degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, or Economics. There are also several global programs available such as study abroad, an international dual degree program, the Alexander Hamilton Scholars Program, and on-campus international engagement activities. This variety of diversity-focused activities allows students to earn their degree, network, and expand their cultural understanding.
The graduate programs offered place a significant emphasis on applied learning. This focus creates an innovative atmosphere where students, top professors, and industry partners can work together to create a well-rounded learning experience that is easily applied to the real world. The programs available include an MBA with three distinct tracks, Master’s of Accounting, Master’s of Management-Global Luxury, Master’s of Economics, and a Doctorate in Economics.
The Career Center offers a variety of professional and career services to the nearly 3,800 students who enroll in business programs each semester. This assistance is broken into the components of learning, creating, practicing, and applying. Support staff help students learn about their career options, ways to prepare for job searching, create professional documents such as resumes, practice doing mock interviews, and honing in on communication skills. They can then apply all of the skills learned at campus interviews, career events, and job fairs. Students can also build connections through many student organizations such as Finance Club, International Business Club, International Technology Club, or the Society for Resource Management. The Poole College of Management is strongly committed to creating an inclusive environment for all students. Events are held through the Inclusive by Design Program. A few of the programs available are executive coaching retreats, empowerment events, allyship events, and inclusive leadership breakfast gatherings.
The Jenkins Master’s of Accounting program recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. After many years of success through its on-campus program, the College has expanded with an online platform that will begin the Fall of 2019. This comprehensive degree will provide students with the same high-quality education, but with added convenience and flexibility. The average anticipated time frame for the program will be between 18 and 36 months. However, students have the ability to work at their own pace, so some may finish in as few as 12 months or take up to six years.