Overview

Applicants
36
Acceptance Rate
94%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.30
Years Work Experience
3.2
Average Age
25

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
-
GPA
-

Deadlines


Regular Application Deadline
July 1

Round 1
April 1

Round 2
July 1

Round 3
November 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic

Interviews

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information


Students Say

"Nested in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University offers an affordable MBA program. The Walker College of Business provides three options for students interested in pursuing the MBA—an accelerated one-year full-time program, a part-time night program on its main campus in Boone, and a part-time program at the university’s satellite campus in Hickory, North Carolina. In the accelerated MBA, the entire degree, including a business practicuum, can be completed in only one year. Despite its speedy schedule, the MBA covers all functional areas of business, including accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, supply chain management, business analytics, and statistics. In addition to the core cur-

riculum, students have the option of tailoring their education through a concentration in one of seven fields: business analytics, economics, interdisciplinary business, international business, leading and managing human resources, supply chain management, or sustainable business. There is also a focus on international exposure throughout the curriculum, which helps students “gain the knowledge [they] will need to compete in today’s global economy.” Of particular note, all students are required to participate in an International Experience, which generallly includes a trip overseas. Recent international experiences include China, Cuba, France, Costa Rica, Japan, and Poland. While the program is scarcely large enough to support more variety, students feel, “the MBA program needs to add a computer information systems option” to the current offerings.

For full-time students, the schedule is rigorous and “the days are pretty packed.” Throughout the program, “students spend about two hours in class each day, Monday through Thursday,” while their afternoons are “spent working on group projects, homework, and/or actually working at a job.” Fortunately, classes in the full-time MBA program are small, with around twenty-four students per class. The result is a caring, student-oriented atmosphere, and plenty of personal attention. Offering guidance and support, “the school has a great administration that is willing to work with the students in order to help the students achieve their goals.” In addition, “the professors, on the whole, are easy to get along with and are always willing to help the students.” Academically, the program is strong, but the teachers can be hit or miss. A student admits, “There have been some professors who have challenged me and were at the caliber that I expected, but there were also some who I felt were inadequate to be teaching graduate-level classes.” Overall, Walker “teachers are knowledgeable and excited for students to learn.”

In addition to the campus-based MBA program, ASU offers a part-time off-site MBA at a satellite facility in Hickory, North Carolina. In content, this program is similar to the Boone MBA, yet students learn through various delivery formats, including interactive audio-video sessions and web-based instruction, as well as in-person lectures from ASU faculty. No matter where you choose to study, the icing on the cake is the program’s “low cost.” This public school maintains a “very reasonable” tuition price, while also offering “scholarship and assistantship” programs, which can lower the price tag even further.


Concentrations

Economics
Human Resources
International Business
Supply Chain Management

Specialized Masters

Accounting
Analytics and Information Management

Certificate Programs

Analytics and Information Management

Center for Research

Economics
Finance
Information Systems/Information Technology

Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Recommended

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description

School's environmental commitment 1:
Placed sustainability efforts under supervision of associate dean and changed his title to associate dean for global and civic engagement.

School's environmental commitment 2:
Annual Global opportunities conference, Business for Good

School's environmental commitment 3:
Professor of Accounting served as the 1st acting sustainability fellow.

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$53,100
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
90%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
82%
Unknown
18%
Graduate Facilitated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
100%
Graduate Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

27%
Information Technology
20%
General Management
11%
Marketing
11%
Finance/Accounting
11%
Human Resources
11%
Other
4%
Operations/Logistics
2%
Consulting

Graduates Employed by Region

88%
South
2%
International
2%
Northeast
2%
Southwest
2%
West

Students Say

While the MBA program does not have its own career office, it does have a dedicated Career Services and Executive Coach. Each student receives individualized advising. Along with individual coaching, the MBA program offers a three-course Executive Skills program designed to build leadership skills, business acumen, and communication skills. The Career Development Center on the Appalachian State University campus serves the entire undergraduate and graduate student body, as well as ASU alumni. In addition, the Career Development Center organizes networking events and “career fairs that bring in companies that have positions all over the U.S. and around the world.” With a strong local reputation, ASU “does well with helping the students find a job,” but nothing’s perfect and “there are still improvements that can be made."

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Information Technology 27% $60,250 $58,583 $45,000 $72,500
General Management 20% $64,000 $61,100 $52,500 $70,000
Finance / Accounting 11% $55,000 $53,333 $50,000 $55,000
Human Resources 11% $60,000 $61,666 $50,000 $75,000
Marketing / Sales 11% $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000
Other 11% $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000
Operations / Logistics 4% $68,000 $68,000 $68,000 $68,000
Consulting 2% $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000
Communications 2% $73,000 $73,000 $73,000 $73,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Financial Services 24% $50,000 $51,929 $45,000 $65,000
Manufacturing 16% $63,250 $61,583 $50,000 $75,000
Other 13% $55,000 $55,000 $55,000 $55,000
Consulting 11% $54,000 $54,000 $50,000 $58,000
Technology 11% $71,125 $71,250 $70,000 $72,250
Consumer Products 4% $52,000 $52,000 $52,000 $52,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 4% $58,000 $58,000 $58,000 $58,000
Media / Entertainment 2% $73,000 $73,000 $73,000 $73,000

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics


Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$1,000

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$12,459
Tuition (Out-State)
$29,899
Fees (In-State)
$3,678
Fees (Out-State)
$3,678

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$413
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,072
Fees (In-State)
$30
Fees (Out-State)
$30

Expenses per Academic Year

Academic Expenses
$1,200

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
56
Part Time
43%

In State
86.0%
Out of State
14.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
2

Demographics

9.00%
Underrepresented Minorities
3.50%
International

48% female
52% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Located on a “beautiful campus” in Boone, North Carolina, “life is fabulous” at ASU. On this pleasant, hilltop campus, “students hang out as a collective most times and crime rates are relatively low.” Not to mention, this Southern city boasts “terrific weather” and great outdoor activities, including hiking and fishing. MBA classes take place in Peacock Hall, which boasts wireless Internet, computer labs, and student lounges. On the Boone campus, students have access to study labs and a large library system. Students also have the opportunity to join the Executive Impact MBA Club, which provides studetns with networking and professional growth opportunities.

Bringing a positive attitude to the classroom, ASU students “are willing to learn, as well as willing to begin friendships that have lasted the length of the program.” While the accelerated schedule keeps them busy, “students find time to attend sporting events, concerts, and many other extra curricular activities. All of the students also find time to hang out with one another and with their friends.” While there are some local student hangouts, students say “nightlife could be a little better,” in Boone. Most students, however, feel that “being in a small town has been wonderful for my school experience.” A current student writes, “In general, I wouldn’t have chosen anywhere else to go.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Anna Basnight
Admissions Contact

Address
ASU Box 32068
Boone, NC 28608-2068
United States

Phone
828-262-2092

Fax
828-262-2709

Email
28608


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