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MBA programs generally take 2-3 years to complete, and some may require that students have management experience to apply. Many of the MBA programs listed below offer various concentrations, such as accounting, information systems, global marketing and project management. Schools with executive master's degree programs, designed for those already working in management, are usually held on evenings or weekends to accommodate full-time work schedules.
College of William and Mary
The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg offers full-time, flex and executive MBA program options. Students must complete 63 credit hours, which include courses in marketing management, financial management, accounting and organizational behavior. The college also features four dual degree programs that allow students to pursue a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Public Policy (MPP), Medical Doctor or Master of Accounting to complement their MBA. The Executive MBA program classes are held twice each month on Fridays and Saturdays, while the flex option features classes two nights each week and takes about three years to complete.
George Mason University
George Mason University, located in Fairfax, has a 48-credit MBA program. The core courses in the program cover managerial finance, marketing management, organizational behavior, financial reporting and operations management. Students may select concentration areas in accounting, entrepreneurship, financial management, information systems management, marketing or project management. Full-time students attend classes four days each week, while part-time students must attend classes at least two days each week. The school also recommends that all incoming students have at least two years of professional experience.
James Madison University
James Madison University in Harrisonburg has innovation and information security MBA programs. Students in the information security program earn an MBA and an Information Systems Security Professionals certificate that's approved by the National Security Agency (NSA). This program features basic business courses like accounting and marketing, which are followed by four courses focused on security issues. The innovation program includes business courses, workshops, leadership development instruction and an international trip.
The MBA program at Liberty University, which is found in Lynchburg, allows students to select a 36-hour general program or 45-hour program with a specialization. Both programs are available in online formats. Specialization options include accounting, criminal justice administration, healthcare management, human resources, leadership, international business, marketing, public administration, project management and public relations. The core MBA courses in the program cover marketing management, accounting, managerial finance, international business, operations management and business research methods.
Old Dominion University
The MBA program at Old Dominion University in Norfolk has six concentration options, such as public administration, port and maritime management, business and economic forecasting, international business and information technology. The MBA program requires students to complete 48 credit hours of coursework. Students can complete the coursework on a part- or full-time basis, and courses are available at multiple campus locations. The school also brings in guest speakers each month and features an MBA association for students.
Radford University, located in Radford, offers an MBA program that requires students to complete 36 credit hours of coursework. Students can complete the full-time MBA program in 16 months, while the professional MBA program takes two years to finish. Core courses include organizational behavior, accounting, operations management, management information systems, financial management and marketing management. Students then get to select from a list of global elective options, such as global market research and e-commerce strategy.
The MBA program at Regent University, which is found in Virginia Beach, has nine concentration options available. Concentration options include accounting, entrepreneurship, leadership, international business, human resources management, franchising and general management. To earn the degree, students must complete a minimum of 42 credits of core and elective coursework. Core courses in the MBA program cover topics like technology and commerce, economics, operations and supply chain management, marketing, accounting, finance and human resource management. Students also have the option of completing courses online or on-campus.
University of Virginia - Main Campus
The main campus of the University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville and offers an MBA program with three different formats to meet the scheduling needs of students. All three program formats take 21 months to complete. The MBA program has students complete core courses and electives at the campus, while the MBA for executives requires students to complete weekend residencies each month in addition to four weeklong residencies. Students may also pursue the global MBA program, which consists of four residencies outside of the U.S. in locations like China, Brazil, India and Europe.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond features MBA and fast-track MBA programs for students at different stages of their careers. The MBA program allows students to select an area of concentration, such as corporate finance, business analytics, global business, entrepreneurship and innovation, health care management, supply chain management, information resources management, human capital and real estate. The fast-track executive MBA program requires incoming students to have six years of management experience.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is found in Blacksburg and offers a 50-semester-hour MBA program. The program is also available at the school's Northern Virginia Center and the campus in Richmond. The school noted that full-time students usually attend classes at the campus in Blacksburg. Students complete core courses in the first year of the program, which include information systems management, organizational behavior, marketing policy and strategy, principles of finance and accounting. Concentration options include marketing, corporate financial management and general management.
No requirements exist in Virginia for a career in management, though some companies may look for employees with an MBA to fill certain management positions.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||MBA Degree Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|College of William and Mary||Four-year; public; small suburb|| MBA,
MBA/Master of Accounting
|$13,100 in-state; $28,843 out-of-state*|
|George Mason University||Four-year; public; large suburb||MBA||$13,304 in-state; $31,424 out-of-state*|
|James Madison University||Four-year; public; small city||MBA||$10,416 in-state; $26,736 out-of-state*|
|Liberty University||Four-year; private, not-for-profit; small city||MBA||$8,000*|
|Old Dominion University||Four-year; public; midsize city||MBA||$11,136 in-state; $27,444 out-of-state*|
|Radford University||Four-year; public; small city||MBA||$10,661 in-state; $19,415 out-of-state *|
|Regent University||Four-year; private, not-for-profit; large city||MBA||$1,167*|
|University of Virginia - Main Campus||Four-year; public; small suburb||MBA||$17,094 in-state; $26,892 out-of-state*|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||Four-year; public; midsize city||MBA||$12,779 in-state; $24,002 out-of-state*|
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||Four-year; public; small city||MBA||$14,116 in-state; $26,377 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.