The AACSB-accredited Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business at Shenandoah University annually educates 400 students to be principled and dynamic leaders with an ethical, global, and diverse perspective. Small classes, experienced and caring faculty, comprehensive and rigorous curriculum, and experiential learning opportunities combine to create an environment where students develop and flourish. They become entrepreneurial-minded, innovative problem-solvers, economically productive, great communicators, team players, and can build a foundation to succeed.
Byrd works hard to provide degrees that challenge, motivate, inspire, and fully develop students at all levels. Undergraduate students can personalize the Bachelors in Business Administration degree with concentrations in Economics & Finance, Healthcare Management, Management, Sport Management, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Information Systems & Technologies, and Marketing. Shenandoah has become a leader and innovator in the academia world of Esports, offering one of the first Esports programs in the U.S. Students who major in Esports choose either Esports Management or Esports Media & Communications.
To help fund their education, business undergraduates can apply for a variety of financial aid opportunities and scholarships like the Dollar Genie Entrepreneur Scholarship, the Rise Marketing Scholarship, and the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant.
For graduate students, there is an esteemed Masters in Business Administration degree that can be completed in evening or weekend classes. The MBA Global Executive Track takes students to the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China for one year to study under Byrd and Tong faculty members.
For international influence and study abroad opportunities, business students can join the Global Citizenship Project in Portugal, Bosnia, Columbia, or Bhutan or a Global Experiential Learning short-term, faculty-led trip to France or Spain. They can also spend a semester abroad at The University of Winchester in England or a top business school in France known as Audencia.
Business students benefit from participation in student organizations like Alpha Kappa Psi, Sports Business Association, Student Government Association, International Students Association, College Republicans, and University Democrats.
Mentoring is an excellent resource where students grow and learn from the experience of those who have gone before them. The Experts in Residence brings executives to campus where they coach and mentor beginners to advanced students. The Leadership and Mentoring Program brings together the faculty and students from Byrd to join with the local community, businesses, and corporations to collaborate with and exchange ideas and experiences in a supportive environment.
A highly recommended aspect of education is to partake in an internship. The Internship Program connects students with businesses to gain first-hand insight into the real world, learn to solve problems and become reflective leaders.
As entrepreneurship is a vital aspect of Byrd’s education, students can join in the educational efforts of the Institute for Entrepreneurship. This institute provides guest speakers, workshops, the New Venture Competition, research advancements, Alumni entrepreneurs, and Entrepreneurship Week filled with networking activities and presentations, all to develop and support students’ entrepreneurial ventures.