West Virginia University Review

By Henry R. Steele - October 16, 2017
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West Virginia University is a public college that was established in 1867. It is currently ranked as the #187 best national university according to the 2018 edition of Best Colleges by US News and World Report. Its online MBA program currently is ranked #47 by US News and World Report.

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Top 40 rank by US News and World Report

According to WVU’s website, the online MBA program at the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics has been ranked in the top 40 of the US News rankings for the last four years. It also is regularly recognized as a top program for military veterans according to the Military Times.

GMAT or GRE waivers are available

While students who have limited work experience are required to take the GMAT or GRE, it is possible to get a waiver. To qualify, you should have at least five years of work experience and at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA.

MBA program is accredited by the AACSB

The MBA programs at West Virginia University are accredited by the AACSB. The AACSB is the most respected accreditation body in the world for business education programs. If your program is accredited by the AACSB, you may be assured that the curriculum is of high quality. You also will know that employers will view your MBA degree as a worthwhile professional credential.


Work experience is not required for admission to MBA program


If you are a recent graduate with a bachelor’s degree, you may have difficulty finding an MBA program that will allow someone with limited experience to be admitted. Many MBA programs require three or more years of related business experience for admission purposes. While 88% of WVU MBA students have work experience, there are a few every year that are recent college graduates. Overall, the average work experience for MBA students is 145 months.

Most online MBA applicants are admitted


For students who have lower grades, less experience and lower standardized test scores, finding a solid online MBA program can be challenging. West Virginia’s online MBA program at the College of Business and Economics is fairly flexible in terms of admission. According to current US News statistics, 134 people applied in the most recent year to the online MBA program and 119 were accepted.

The average undergraduate GPA was lower than average as well at 3.2. Also, standardized test scores are not required for admission.

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Low faculty credentials and training score


One of the important ranking factors that US News and World Report notes is faculty credentials and training. This reflects the quality and qualifications of the MBA professors and instructors. The US News score for this area for West Virginia is 96, so this is a fairly low ranking.

However, the magazine ranks the faculty 83 out of 100 in terms of how well they are trained to specifically teach online MBA students. Teaching students online is obviously quite different from teaching in a classroom.

Low selectivity score by US News

Another important ranking factor by US News and World Report is the admissions selectivity for the program. Generally, the more selective the program is, the better quality the students. The admissions selectivity score for this MBA program is only 53 out of 100.

High cost of tuition

The tuition per credit hour for the online MBA is listed at $932 on the US News and World Report website. This means that the tuition cost for this MBA will likely be over $40,000, not including book and other costs. This is a fairly high tuition for an MBA program that has a rather average ranking at #47, according to US News.

Mandatory residencies are required for online MBA program

Each semester, West Virginia University requires online MBA students to report to the campus for three or four days, where they focus on experiential learning, networking with peers and business professionals. This is a valuable experience. But it can be challenging to do this every semester for busy business professionals. It also adds substantial cost to the bottom line.

You also have the option of taking a three credit hour MBA elective that takes you abroad to business centers in Guatemala, Brazil, China, India or South America.


Peer assessment score is low


US News and World Report measures the peer assessment score for every MBA program that it ranks. This measures how highly the MBA program is thought of by its peers in the MBA education field. WVU’s MBA program only receives a 2.7 out of 5. This is an average score that indicates that the MBA program is not highly regarded in the industry.


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General Information

  • Founded in 1867
  • University type: Public
  • Application deadline: Rolling
  • Application fee: $50
  • Term Schedule: Semester
  • Location: Morgantown WV
  • Student-faculty ratio: 19:1

Tuition Rates

  • Online MBA – $932 per credit hour

Business Degrees

  • Online MBA

Class Profile

  • 54% of students are male at the university
  • 44% of MBA class currently is comprised of international students

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 4 year graduation rate is only 32%, which is low
  • 3% graduate within 150% of the expected time, which is below average

US News Rankings

  • National universities: 187
  • Best online MBA programs: 47
  • Best online graduate business programs (not MBA): 66
  • High school counselor rankings: 209
  • Top public schools: 99
  • Business programs: 151



Henry R. Steele
Henry R. Steele
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Henry is Managing Editor of BusinessStudent.com. He is a seasoned business professional who regularly consults with local business's throughout Southern California. Henry pursued his undergrad in Business and Economics at the University of San Diego and gained valuable life changing experience through a unique internship upon graduation.Follow on Twitter.com

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