Business Ph.D. will enhance research productivity, attract quality researchers to West Virginia University

A recently approved doctoral program for the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics will be phased in over four different majors, beginning with fall 2011.

The new Ph.D. program in business administration, approved by the WVU Board of Governors at its February 4 meeting, will provide candidates the opportunity to major in accounting, finance, management and marketing. The management area will be the first to be phased in beginning this fall, followed by accounting, finance and marketing in the fall of 2012.

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WVU business school ranked in top 100 nationally by Businessweek

The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics (B&E) has been ranked 90th in the Best Undergraduate Business Schools of 2011 in the nation, according to the newly released 2011 Bloomberg Businessweek rankings. The announcement marks the first-ever top 100 ranking by B&E in its nearly 60-year history.

“To say that we are elated is an understatement,” said Dr. Jose Sartarelli, B&E’s Milan Puskar Dean. “This is a reflection of the hard work by B&E faculty, staff and students over the past three years.”

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Morgantown MSA growth to accelerate in 2011

Economic gains in the Morgantown area are expected to accelerate in 2011, according to a new forecast released today at the Morgantown Economic Outlook Conference. The regional conference is presented annually by the West Virginia University (WVU) Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) in the College of Business and Economics.

“The Morgantown area continued to outpace state and national job gains last year and I expect that trend to continue in 2011,” said George W. Hammond, associate director of the BBER. The metropolitan area includes Monongalia and Preston counties.

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Doctoral program in business administration approved by WVU Board of Governors

The West Virginia University Board of Governors has approved a doctoral degree program in Business Administration at the College of Business and Economics. Program approval was officially designated at the board’s regular meeting earlier this month.

“Adding a doctoral program in business administration is an important step as we continue to strengthen WVU’s research scope and reputation, one of the key goals of the 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future,” said WVU Provost Michele Wheatly. “The new Ph.D. program will complement an existing vibrant Ph.D. in Economics. Broadening the Ph.D. option in the college will enable us to provide business graduate students with doctoral training as well as to recruit research active faculty in business.”

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