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Welcome to the department of Business Administration!

Business Administration involves the study of a wide variety of topics related to all types of for-profit and non-profit organizations. Specific Business Administration areas available for study at WVSU include: Accounting, Energy Management, Finance, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.


Students who have a degree in Business Administration find a diverse array of available career opportunities. Some graduates start and oversee operations of  their own businesses while other graduates find positions as cost accountants, IRS agents, state auditors, bank examiners or FBI agents. They may also find work as bank loan officers, corporate marketing executives, certified financial planners, insurance specialists, management information systems executives, energy executives, or database administrators. Others find positions as business consultants, human resource managers, government agency executives and public agency officials.

In addition to our flexible class schedules for our on-campus Business Administration program, WVSU offers fully online degree programs for students seeking a Business Administration degree in Accounting and Management.

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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Concentrations:

Students must choose one of the seven areas of concentration reflecting their particular interests: accounting, energy management, finance, international business, management, management information systems, and marketing. Click the links below to learn more about each specific concentration available.

Areas of Concentration - through Fall 2015

Accounting
Energy Management

Finance
International Business

Management
Management Information Systems
Marketing

Areas of Concentration - effective Spring 2016

Accounting
Energy Management

Finance
International Business

Management
Management Information Systems
Marketing


Post-Graduate Programs:
  • Accounting - 33 Hours
    • This program is designed to facilitate career changes and/or advancement for business and non-business baccalaureate degree holders. All coursework required in the program must carry a grade of C or better to count toward fulfillment of the requirements. For more information contact Deborah Williams dwilli13@wvstateu.edu
  • Energy Management Program – 18–20 Hours Informational Brochure
    • This program is designed to facilitate career changes and/or advancement for baccalaureate degree holders. At least 12 credits of required courses must have been completed at West Virginia State University after completion of a bachelor’s degree. Based upon an undergraduate transcript evaluation, a faculty advisor may require applicants for admission to the program to complete prerequisites for the required certificate courses. There are two options available in this program: upstream and downstream. Upstream is commonly known as the exploration and production sector. Downstream commonly refers to the refining of petroleum crude oil and the processing and purifying of raw natural gas, as well as the selling and distribution of natural gas and products derived from crude oil. For more information contact Deborah Williams dwilli13@wvstateu.edu.
 Bachelor of Applied Science
Requirements for Admission to the Program are that a student must possess an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from a regionally accredited institution as well as meet the general requirement for admission to West Virginia State University. Students must complete a minimum of 24 hours from West Virginia State University to be eligible for the degree.120 hours required for graduation. AAS Degree-Minimum of 60 hours upper division requirement-at least 39 credit hours must be 300/400 level coursework. For more information contact Deborah Williams dwilli13@wvstateu.edu.
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Advising Procedures

  1. Fill out the Advising Worksheet Form below and send to the appropriate advisor, see "List of Academic Advisors" in the section below.
  2. Upon receiving your completed form you will receive your personal identification number and your registration time slot.
  3. You may be asked to schedule a meeting with your assigned advisor in their office to discuss your academic progress.


Advising Documents/Forms

Advising Worksheet
Curriculum Check Sheet - through Fall 2015
Curriculum Check Sheet - effective Spring 2016

List of Academic Advisors
Student Data Sheet
Tentative Long Term Schedule of Courses
 

Areas of Concentration - through Fall 2015

Accounting
Energy Management

Finance
International Business

Management
Management Information Systems
Marketing

Areas of Concentration - effective Spring 2016

Accounting
Energy Management

Finance
International Business

Management
Management Information Systems
Marketing

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ACBSP Accreditation

The Business and Economics Departments have received an additional academic accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is a specialized accrediting organization that reviews the quality and integrity of business degree programs.  Accreditation by ACBSP is based on an independent evaluation of an institution’s business school or program by a group of professionals, which include faculty and academic administrators in the field of business. This additional accreditation provides the following benefits:


Benefits for the Institution

  1. The pursuit of accreditation reinforces a commitment to continuous improvement, innovation, and scholarship.
  2. The process of preparing an accreditation self-study enhances the focus on quality of student learning and renews a commitment to the educational mission.
  3. The recognition of effective business units through accreditation contributes to a more positive review by regional accreditors, as specialized accreditation is a confirmation of quality programming in specific divisions.
  4. Accredited status creates greater visibility for the institution.
  5. Accreditation provides prestige and credibility when seeking funding resources from donors, foundations, governments.
  6. In some states accredited status counts heavily in performance-based funding.
  7. Accreditation leads to more successful articulation of business credits.
  8. The accredited institution can utilize press releases to advertise accreditation status.
  9. Accredited status is printed in the college catalog.
  10. Accredited status is printed on business cards.
  11. Accredited status is posted on the college website.
  12. Accreditation provides a sense of pride within the institution.

Benefits for the Business & Economics Units

  1. Accreditation creates a process for continuous departmental improvement.
  2. Accreditation provides the impetus for identifying strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Accreditation keeps the programs current through curriculum development.
  4. Accreditation provides a forum for review and analysis of the business unit.
  5. Accreditation promotes an outcomes assessment process linking goals, activities, and outcomes.
  6. Accreditation creates guidelines for faculty credentials, which leads to higher standards in hiring, increased scholarly and professional activities, and more focused faculty development decisions.
  7. Accreditation creates guidelines when structuring programs.
  8. Accreditation provides a platform to share ideas and to question the status-quo, leading to effective change.
  9. Accreditation is a source of pride among program faculty and staff.
  10. Accreditation validates quality of work in the business unit.
  11. The business unit realizes greater local prestige through accreditation.
  12. Accreditation provides leverage when seeking on-campus resources.
  13. Accredited status leads to more effective acquisition of technology.
  14. Accreditation status is referenced when submitting budgets, grant proposals, and course/program proposals.
  15. Accredited status assists in recruitment of faculty.
  16. Accreditation activities are communicated to the Board of Trustees.
  17. Accredited status is printed on Business Division stationery.
  18. Accredited status is printed on course syllabi.
  19. The certificate of accreditation is prominently displayed.
  20. Accredited status is printed on brochures and newsletters.

Benefits for Faculty and Staff

  1. Accreditation provides a sense of pride within the business faculty and staff when national peers have validated a program.
  2. Faculty at accredited institutions are provided opportunities to keep current in quality procedures through seminars such as Baldrige training.
  3. Faculty experience a boost of self-esteem when teaching in an accredited business unit.
  4. Accreditation provides professional development and leadership opportunities for faculty and administrators in development of outcome assessments and conducting site visits to other institutions.

Benefits for Students

  1. Accreditation creates the impetus for relevancy and currency of faculty, programs, and courses to best serve students.
  2. The pursuit of accreditation enhances the ability to serve students by assuring a focus on quality performance.
  3. Accredited status requires an ongoing effort to provide excellent equipment, software, and learning resources for students.
  4. Accredited status reaffirms the commitment to effective student services.
  5. Students refer to accreditation status on resumes and in employment interviews.
  6. Accredited status provides the ability to host a chapter of Delta Mu Delta or Kappa Beta Delta honorary society, recognizing accomplishments of business students.
  7. Students who join these honorary societies can cite their special recognition when pursuing scholarships and writing resumes.

Benefits for the Community

  1. Accredited status provides recognition of the ability to serve community stakeholders.
  2. Accreditation creates the impetus for relevancy and currency of faculty, programs, and courses to best serve employers.
  3. External advisory committees learn the importance of accreditation.
  4. External advisory committee members can transfer the accreditation process to their continuous improvement efforts.

ACBSP Reports

2008-2009 Quality Assurance Report
ACBSP Response from 2008-2009 Quality Assurance Report
WVSU Report Requested 2011
ACBSP Response Jan 2012
2008 - 2011 Quality Assurance Report
ACBSP Response 2013

2015 Reaffirmation Letter
 


 
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Dean's Business and Economics Student Advisory Board
The Dean's Business and Economics Student Advisory Board is comprised of student members focused on continuous improvement of the Business and Economics departments. Through leadership activities and forums, student members champion change and improve areas of the Business and Economics departments surrounding student driven suggestions. To learn more about the Dean's Business and Economics Student Advisory Board contact the Vice-Chair Matthew Carroll mcarrol2@wvstateu.edu or Dean David Bejou dbejou@wvstateu.edu.

Delta Mu Delta
Delta Mu Delta is a business honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence of students at qualifying colleges and universities to create a DMD community that fosters the well-being of its individual members and the business community through life-time membership. The WVSU DMD Chapter Faculty Adviser is John Hodges. To learn more about DMD visit http://deltamudelta.org/ and contact John Hodges via email at jhodges@wvstateu.edu
 
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Faculty & Staff

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