Shepherd University and the College of Business are located in historic Shepherdstown, West Virginia, along the banks of the Potomac River in the Shenandoah Valley. Widely known as the oldest town in the state, Shepherdstown is a quaint academic community with the campus and city coming together to provide a unique learning environment.
College of Business students come from all backgrounds and walks of life. They are invited to choose from an array of programs housed within the multiple departments. The Department of Business Administration features a major in business administration with options in general business, financial planning, marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. All the programs are accredited. The CFP Board certifies the financial planning program. Students may also be interested in one of several business minors. The College of Business faculty brings both theoretical and practical knowledge to the classroom.
Shepherd University retains specialized accreditation for its business degrees through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. The IACBE accredits the business programs in the following degrees: Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with specializations in general business, marketing, entrepreneurship, financial planning, and management. The College of Business also provides a Master of Business Administration program with emphases in general business, sport management, accounting, health administration, and public management. Shepherd University’s College of Business includes the Accounting and Economics & Finance departments while overseeing the MBA program.
Shepherd University is committed to cultivating leaders by creating opportunities for leadership development. Much of this growth happens through academic programs, internships, volunteering, and quality interaction with faculty. Research affirms that student leadership development occurs most often outside the classroom through involvement in student activities, targeted leadership programs, community service projects, and on-campus employment. One excellent opportunity at Shepherd is the Student Life Council. The SLC is responsible for reviewing and recommending campus-wide student life policies to the President’s Executive Staff and other groups that establish procedures. It also establishes committees to review policies and maintains permanent subcommittees, including Leadership Conference at Shepherd, Family Day, Student Recognition Day, the Performing Arts Series at Shepherd, and Program Board. Student Life Council’s membership includes the SGA president, Program Board president, six students elected at-large, and two master’s students recommended by the Dean of the Graduate School.
Shepherd University currently offers a 100% online Teaching Certification program. Course providers estimate distance learners will commit two to three hours each day to the program’s coursework. The College also provides online students with professional development courses in Education. Shepherd University began offering the EDPD (Professional Development in Education) program in 2006. Some 500 educators avail themselves annually of these graduate-level courses to become a re-certified teacher.