The WVU College of Business and Economics has never been stronger, more global, or more engaged with our state. As we have made great strides toward our vision of “Better, Bigger, Ranked,” we have been steadfast in our goal: join the list of America’s finest, first-watched, first-choice business schools.

We will continue to offer an education in which students are prepared to work anywhere around the globe, while remaining committed to our land-grant charge in West Virginia. At the same time, we have ingrained unshakable standards of ethical behavior, honesty, and integrity throughout the College.

Top Rankings

The College received its first-ever top-100 undergraduate business schools ranking by Bloomberg BusinessWeek in March 2011. Ten months later, U.S. News & World Report awarded top-100 rankings to our online M.B.A. program in the areas of faculty credentials and training, teaching practices and student engagement, admissions selectivity, and student services and technology.

These rankings reflect a past focused on great teaching and research. They help us attract a higher caliber of students prompting greater internships, job placement, and societal contribution by graduates.

The Trajectory of Success

Four-Year College

The four-year college system admits students as freshmen rather than during their junior years giving students earlier access to academic advice, opportunities to join B&E student clubs, and improved internship prospects. The result is a much more robust academic experience.

Revamped M.B.A.

Our M.B.A. program has been transformed in response to a more international marketplace. This includes greater selectivity, better options for specialization, and more modes of delivery.

New Ph.D. in Business Administration

The Business Administration Ph.D. is designed to prepare highly qualified and motivated individuals in areas of concentration including Accounting, Finance, Management, or Marketing. The program provides more educational opportunities, elevates our national standing, helps in recruiting faculty, and ultimately improves faculty research.

Joint Programs

Cross-disciplinary partnerships have not only proven successful in the past, but have also helped to differentiate our students as they enter the marketplace. Existing joint programs include the M.B.A./M.D. with the School of Medicine, M.B.A./M.S. in Sport Management with the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, and the M.B.A./J.D. with the College of Law. We are also preparing to launch joint M.B.A. programs with the WVU Schools of Dentistry and Pharmacy.

Placing Our Students

The College has heightened its commitment to internships and job placements. For business students, employers recruiting on campus increased 39 percent; Fortune 500 companies’ recruitment of business students is up 68 percent; and job postings for College of Business and Economics students is up 40 percent. (2010-11 academic year vs. 2009-10)

Donor Engagement

From new endowed chairs to scholarships for students, alumni and friends are allowing the College to achieve new heights in teaching, research, and outreach.

Business and Economics Faculty

The College’s 15 new faculty include Ph.D.s from top schools and multiple disciplines. These professionals excel in the instruction of and interaction with students. Our faculty value scholarship and research and are published in top business and economic journals.

Priorities for Tomorrow

The College of Business and Economics has identified a list of essential funding priorities that, with your vital support, will power our accomplishments in education and research in the coming decades. As does everything at the College, our priorities begin with students and go on to address our many responsibilities to the community. These priorities center around attracting the best and the brightest students and faculty members, preparing students for careers where they can do well and supporting faculty as they advance their research and create new possibilities.

  • Scholarships & Fellowships
  • Student Enrichment and Internships
  • Endowed Faculty Chairs, Professorships and Faculty Enrichment
  • Academic Programming
  • Naming of Centers
  • Sponsorship of Regional Economic Outlook Conferences
  • Opportunity Funds
  • Trading Room
  • Updating the Current Building
  • Constructing New Building
  • Innovation Center
  • Technology and Equipment

To learn more about these funding priorities contact Luke O'Connell at 304-293-8888. To learn more about the College of Business and Economics visit