Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics is changing the future of business around the world, one business student at a time. WWU has gained national recognition from U.S. News and World Report, Washington Monthly, Money Magazine, and Kiplinger. The CBE is prestigiously accredited through the AACSB and is comprised of five distinguished academic departments: Accounting, Decision Sciences, Economics, Finance and Marketing, and Management. Students also have vast opportunities for experiential learning through the Center for Economic and Business Research, Economic Education, Innovation in Education, International Business, and Operations and Management Sciences. During the 2016-2017 school year, nearly $200,000 was awarded in business scholarships.
Students are educated by award-winning faculty. Bachelor’s degrees are offered in Accounting, Business Administration, Business and Sustainability, Economics, and Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management. Business Administration students are able to customize their degree with a concentration in Finance, General Business, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Operations. The General Business concentration is only offered through the Poulsbo campus.
Graduate students can advance their education and prepare to move up the ranks in the business world by obtaining a Master of Business Administration. Students will find an option that fits perfectly with their schedule, with daytime, evening, and weekend program available. The full-time daytime program and the part-time evening programs are offered at the Bellingham sites, and the part-time weekend program can be completed at the Everett campus. The weekend program meets every other Friday and Saturday, so students can focus solely on work throughout the week. All three programs require a capstone course, so students can demonstrate mastery of business competencies. The daytime program typically consists of recent college graduates with less professional experience, so an internship is required for this program. Students who are enrolled in the accelerated daytime MBA can graduate in 14 months, and evening and weekend students can graduate in two years. Graduates are very successful and see a 95-100% placement rate.
CBE students are involved in various community activities, such as the volunteer income tax assistance program. Other opportunities for students to give back include serving as a mentor to 5th-12th grade students through the Compass 2 Campus program and serving as a Community Engagement Fellow alongside individuals from local non-profits and other organizations in the community. The level of commitment to volunteering has earned WWU the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification designation.
There are also 17 business organizations for students to develop their leadership skills on campus. CBE’s president for DECA was one of six students nationally to be awarded the DECA Association Leadership Award. Clubs specific to majors include the Accounting Society, Financial Management Association, and the Student Marketing Association. Female students can gain a competitive edge through participation in the Professional Women’s Association. The MBA Association helps students create a personal brand and get their resume and ideas in front of some of today’s most prominent business figures. Students can also learn about internships and gain industry experience through participation in projects offered through the Center for Economics and Business Research.