The University of Mary Washington’s AACSB-accredited College of Business believes strongly in the collaborative input from alumni, students, faculty, administration, other universities, local businesses, and the surrounding community to constantly work towards excellence in every program. The combination of the liberal arts, faculty expertise, dedicated students, and co-curricular activities breeds a beneficial educational environment for business students. The CoB values the pursuit of knowledge, diversity, quality, integrity, and service, and graduates students who are globally aware and ready to find career success.
Undergraduate students choose between a major in Business Administration, Accounting, International Business, or Marketing when pursuing a Bachelors in Business Administration degree. Qualifying students can apply for a variety of scholarships, including the Accounting Excellence Scholarship, the BB&T Scholarship in Business, and the Wolfe Family Business Scholarship.
Obtaining a versatile Masters in Business Administration sets a person up to be pursued by all kinds of businesses, organizations, nonprofits, and governmental agencies. MBA students meet for class one night each week and work at their own pace. For flexibility, courses can be completed in a combination of in-person and online.
Expanding the educational experience to an international location is highly beneficial in life and preparing to enter the professional business world. Business students can travel with a faculty member to study marketing in Australia, international business at the American Business School of Paris, or business at the Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao, Spain. There are summer internships, volunteer trips, and short- and long-term international research opportunities in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Students can spend one or more academic semesters at partner institutions in Japan, England, Azerbaijan, Italy, France, China, and Hong Kong.
An excellent resource to help professionally develop students is The EDGE: Career-Readiness Preparation Program, which stands for Explore, Develop, Grow, and Execute. Each of the four phases requires participation in specific career preparation activities, events, workshops, and experiences. Some examples include creating a Handshake account, writing a resume, attending a job fair, attending a student organization meeting, meeting with a career coach, research jobs, completing an internship, attending speed networking and etiquette events, and applying to jobs.
To obtain the most in-person, hands-on experience while in college is through completing an internship. Companies like Coca-Cola, Boeing, The Washington Post, Lockheed Martin, the FBI, and Citibank provided internships and jobs for UMW business students. Students can also gain experience through the programs offered by the Center for Business Research and the Center for Economic Development.
Professional influence plays an essential role in the developmental process. The Executive-in-Residence program began in 1989 and is purposed to provide an opportunity for students to connect with and receive advice and insights from an established business leader. Learning Journeys events are an excellent way for students to learn about the different kinds of business in the surrounding area. Speed Networking brings companies like GEICO, Mary Washington Healthcare, and PermaTreat Pest Control to connect with and recruit business students.