West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics can trace its beginnings back to the 1940s with its first business administration degree. It focuses on forward-thinking and innovative approaches to business endeavors inspired by its namesake, John Chambers. He is a West Virginia University alumnus and Chairman and CEO of Cisco, a world-renowned and internationally operated corporation employing over 65,000 people. The College of Business and Economics is designed to lead with passion, to motivate student success, and to help every student discover and reach their business career goals.
Undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelors in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Organizational Leadership, Management Information Systems, Marketing, General Business, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Hospitality & Tourism Management, or Global Supply Chain Management. Graduate students can pursue a Masters in Accounting, Finance, Industrial Relations, Business Cybersecurity Management, Business Data Analytics, or Business Administration. The MBA has an optional area of emphasis in Integrated Marketing Communications. Doctoral students can earn a Ph.D. in Marketing, Economics, Finance, Accounting, or Management.
Many business students rely on the abundant scholarships available like the Philip A. Compton Accounting Academic Achievement Scholarship, Ramsburg Family Business Scholarship, and the Dr. Jack Turner MBA Scholarship. The Robbins Center for Global Business has connections with international business schools that provide excellent multicultural learning experiences in countries like Brazil, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, England, Australia, Canada, China, South Africa, Russia, and Japan.
First-year business students can benefit from participating in the Adventure WV camping trip where they can get to know other business students, be introduced to the school, and enjoy outdoor adventures. They can also live together through The Climb Living Learning Community where they can learn together, support each other, and build community. Being a part of a business student organization like Collegiate DECA, Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Beta Rho Alpha Kappa Psi, Hospitality Club, Industrial Relations Student Association, Financial Planning Club, and the American Marketing Association greatly enhance the academic, social, and outreach experience.
The Career Development Center works hard to prepare students to be successful career businessmen and women adequately. They accomplish this task through exploring degrees, career coaching, skills development, career fairs, employer engagement activities, job searches, resume and cover letter creation, mock interviews, site visits, and more. Students can take advantage of the numerous Research and Outreach Centers that provide education, research opportunities, hands-on experiences, and service to the community. These centers focus on different aspects of business, including innovation & entrepreneurship, business & economic research, free enterprise, financial literacy & education, Chinese business, forensic business, and executive education.
A Bachelors degree in General Business can be completed entirely online. There are also online Masters degree programs in Business Cybersecurity Management, Business Data Analytics, and Forensic & Fraud Examination. The MBA is offered in a hybrid format where most of the program is online with a few required on-campus residencies throughout the program.