Approximately 2,850 students are annually enrolled in the award-winning Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business through West Texas A&M University. The diverse student body is comprised of 25% Hispanic students. The academic departments that are housed within the AACSB accredited COB include Pre-Business; Department of Computer Information and Decision Management; Department of Accounting, Economics, and Finance; and the Department of Management, Marketing, and General Business.
Students can earn a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in General Business, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare Management, International Business, Management, Human Resource Management, or Marketing. The Master’s of Business Administration consists of many engaging seminar courses, such as Evolutionary Marketing, Social Network and Media Analysis, International Business Communication, and Cultural Intelligence. MBA students are also required to complete a Capstone portfolio consisting of a professional resume and at least seven projects demonstrating their best work throughout graduate school. Students should focus on work that exhibits the following competencies; professional writing, oral communication, the capacity to lead, goal setting, business ethics, global business environment, decision making, and strategic planning.
Internships provide many valuable benefits to business students, connecting them to local businesses for future contacts and for hands-on work experiences. An annual scholarship is awarded to the intern of the year through WTAMU, and the 2018 recipient was a student from the Engler COB, who interned with BlueCross BlueShield. Students can also participate in a two-week international immersion experience to countries such as Russia, Canada, England, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and India. There are 19 business student organizations on campus featuring speaker series and competitions. Buff Teks is an organization dedicated to helping when IT issues arise at local companies. In 2017, the CFA Research Challenge Team finished among the top five in the nation. Enactus also was among the top 10 in the country. Students can also gain hands-on experience in managing a portfolio through the Student Managed Investment Fund. The current value of this fund is $1.2 million and continues to grow each semester. Students can also lend their support to local business owners through the Small Business Development Center.
The highly recognized distance learning programs have earned numerous accolades from top publications. The Princeton Review names the online MBA program 24th in the nation. U.S. News and World Report currently ranks the Bachelor’s of Business Administration program #18 among Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, the online MBA program 45th, and the non-MBA master’s programs among the top in the nation. The online programs are currently working to integrate more video component into the course lectures. Students in the BBA program can select a concentration in Finance, General Business, Management, Marketing, or Law and Economics. Emphasis areas for MBA students include General Business, Computer Information Systems, Management, Marketing, or Healthcare Management.