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GARDNER WEBB UNIVERSITY|GODBOLD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
GARDNER-WEBB UNIVERSITY|GODBOLD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
When the economy is down, it becomes more viable to obtain a graduate degree in business since there are few jobs for undergraduate degrees. The hope is that as one is completing their graduate degree, the economy may have peaked and thus the one with a graduate degree will see his or her value in the market almost doubled.
In addition, a graduate degree in business offers the opportunity to increase their economic value in the market and provide you the necessary tools to differentiate you from others.
The Graduate School of Business faculty hold doctoral degrees from well-known universities around the world. They have various business experiences and bring to the classroom a mixture of practical and theoretical training. In addition, our small class sizes help to create an environment where student participation is routine. I invite you to sample some of our course offerings and I trust you will agree with me that learning at the Gardner-Webb University Graduate School of Business can be a fun, challenging, and rewarding experience. Dr. Anthony Negbenebor|Dean Godbold School of Business
Location: Main campus of 200 acres is located in Boiling Springs, NC, 50 miles west
of Charlotte, NC. Graduate School of Business offers classes at six additional locations throughout North Carolina and South Carolina as well as online.
General Contact Info: 110 South Main St. | P.O. Box 7256 | Boiling Springs, NC 28017 Accreditation: Gardner-Webb University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Additionally, the Godbold School of Business is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. The Godbold School of Business received European Council for Business Education (ECBE) recognition. ECBE is an accrediting body that certifies business schools across the world, headquartered in Switzerland. The Godbold School of Business is one of two North Carolina schools to receive this designation. Enrollment: Average fall enrollment for all Graduate Programs 1,201.
32% male, 68% female; Geographic Distribution: 14 states, 15 foreign countries.
Faculty: 17 full time faculty; 90% with Ph.D. Curriculum: The Graduate School of Business offers three innovative graduate
business degree programs: International Master of Business Administration (IMBA), Master of Accountancy (MAcc), and Master of Business Administration (MBA). In addition, the MBA Plus offers six areas of specialization, leading to a post master’s certificate.
President: Dr. Frank Bonner (July 1, 2005 – present). History Highlights: Founded in 1905 as Boiling Springs High School; became
Boiling Springs Junior College in 1928; renamed Gardner-Webb College in 1942 in honor of Governor O. Max Gardner and his wife, Fay Webb Gardner; became a university in 1993; Gardner-Webb celebrated 100 years of educational service in 2005. Gardner-Webb’s graduate programs have over 4,000 alumni. Faith
To assist in the development of small businesses, promote entrepreneurship and serve as the Christian educational source for entrepreneurial activities in the region.
The Godbold School of Business functions to support the mission of Gardner-Webb University by providing both graduate and undergraduate professional training in the business disciplines to a diverse student population. It enhances the scope of the University by applying the learning and analytical skills fostered by the liberal arts and the moral and ethical values of the Christian faith to the practice of business activities in the domestic and world-wide arenas. It also encourages both its faculty and its students to pursue life-long learning, to value service to God and humanity, and to build character in students.
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GOD & HUMANITY through business The Godbold School of Business, Graduate Business programs are designed to meet the unique needs of working adults. Structured for either full-time or part-time study, classes are offered in a traditional classroom setting or online. We designed the curriculum to cultivate managers who are effective decision makers. Our goal is to provide you with the most up-to-date tools you need to advance in your career. Whether you are seeking to advance your career with your current employer, to prepare yourself to take a position of influence within a new organization, or to acclimate yourself so you may forge ahead into an entirely new career path, you will be prepared to meet the challenges these present.
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Our studentâ€™s come to us with diverse backgrounds that include accountants, bankers, doctors, engineers, nurses, systems analysts, healthcare and human resource professionals, and those interested in changing careers. The result is a dynamic, highly interactive educational environment in which students develop the strategic perspective necessary to identify opportunities and analyze risks when there are competing demands and finite resources available. More than 95% of our students work full-time while they complete their graduate business degree. The faculty view instructorstudent interaction as an integral component. The faculty at Gardner-Webb pride themselves on their dedication to their students. Our professors are energetic, dynamic and impassioned educators who are eager to work alongside their students to help them achieve their educational goals. Case studies, computer simulations, group projects, presentations and inclass experiences and exercises all play an important role in the learning process. With this multidimensional teaching model, learning occurs not only from the studentsâ€™ interaction with the professor, but also from their interrelationships with their classmates who bring a wide range of relevant experiences. International Master of Business Administration 36 hour program Master of Accountancy 30 hour program Master of Business Administration 36 hour program MBA Plus Certificate Program up to 18 hours
Entry Requirements Application Official transcripts - regionally accredited institutions Resume Three Recommendations GMAT Additional documentation required for international students.
Application Deadlines Gardner-Webb University enrolls students for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Faith
GODBOLD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS| DISTINCTIVES Christian Heritage
Acknowledging One Godâ€”Creator and Sustainer of life, and Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; committing to self-giving service displayed in Christ-like moral action that respects the dignity and value of every person.
Offering innovative curriculum that meets and exceeds expectations with consecutive program rankings in North Carolina.
Offering collaborative teamwork opportunities in an academic setting to gain knowledge and expertise from peers and faculty members.
Offering students an environment to grow personally and professionally, providing opportunities to excel in their chosen career field.
Providing opportunities to graduates through the Godbold School of Business Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship to attend professional development conferences; network with students, alumni, and leading business executives.
Applying analytical skills to the practice of business activities in the domestic and worldwide arenas; providing individuals applicable skills and training to be able to compete in todayâ€™s global economy and respond to change in a dynamic, global marketplace.
Providing professional training to a diverse student body, encompassing various ethical and professional backgrounds which work together to offer well rounded applicable curriculum.
GODBOLD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS|DEGREE PROGRAMS International Master of Business Administration|IMBA
Individuals looking to obtain a global education and a competitive advantage in an increasingly global economy should consider the IMBA. The program provides a strong academic foundation in international business through a comparative approach to global business. The intensive, applied nature of the IMBA Program provides training in international business through the use of practical techniques, foreign country experience, and other important tools that students can apply in their current positions. Goals Prepares individuals with an understanding of international business and cultural differences through advanced training. Provides individuals the opportunity to compete in the global market. Enhances effectiveness and provide comprehensive knowledge and skills involved in managing international profit and nonprofit organizations. Develops practical skills for meeting the challenges of changing technology and managerial innovations.
Master of Accountancy|MAcc
Those seeking to gain applicable knowledge designed to enhance your effectiveness in upperlevel accounting and financial positions in public accounting, private industry or government should consider the MAcc. The program will also provide students with an educational experience to meet the NC State Board of Public Accountancy’s 150 hour requirement to obtain the Uniform Certified Public Accounting Examination. The flexibility of the MAcc degree allows individuals to choose from two career-specific concentrations. Goals Prepares students for the significant changes that are impacting the accounting profession. Provides skills in analytical problem solving, oral, written communication, and interpersonal relations. Enhances the potential for success in completing certifying examinations, i.e., Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and others.
Master of Business Administration|MBA
Individuals seeking to gain working knowledge of business and managerial skills needed for successful departmental, divisional, and organizational leadership should consider the MBA. Curriculum involves practical and applicable training which students can utilized to develop a working knowledge of today’s business world. The flexibility of the MBA degree allows students to focus in one of many fields of study, including Accounting, Banking and Finance, Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, and Management Information Systems. Goals Provides individuals the advantage of competing in today’s dynamic business environment. Provides training in management through the use of practical techniques that can readily be utilized by the students in their existing positions. Allows individuals to be innovative in their approach to problem solving and decision making.
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OUTCOMES “GardnerWebb’s MBA Program utilized applicable skills and concepts which contributed to my professional growth and career advancement in becoming CEO for one of the leading healthcare systems in the region.” Brian Gwyn |President & CEO Cleveland Co. Healthcare System MBA Graduate
“My MBA studies gave me the application skills I needed and allowed me to demonstrate these skills to my company, which ultimately led to being promoted to the position I currently hold within the company. I would absolutely recommend the GWU MBA Program to anyone interested in pursuing management advancement in their career. I was able to meet, study with, and learn from others in different industries. The relationships I established with fellow students and professors were memorable and the education I received in the MBA Program at Gardner-Webb has truly given me the greatest opportunity to succeed in my career.” Cheryl Mikell|Administrator Peak Resources - Cherryville MBA Graduate
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The MBA Plus is a post master’s certificate program that provides graduates of an accredited graduate business program the opportunity to update their business education and explore new career paths in teaching by meeting the basic accreditation standard of having earned a minimum of 18 graduate hours in a specific discipline in order to teach a college-level course. The MBA Plus provides business professionals, who hold a master’s degree in business, with a means for keeping up with the ever-changing business environment and remaining competitive.
MBA Plus Emphasis Options: Accounting Economics Finance Healthcare Management International Business Marketing Requirements: The MBA Plus certificate requires completion of 18 graduate semester hours (6 courses). At least 9 graduate hours must be taken at Gardner-Webb University. Students will be allowed to take more than the minimum number of credit hours if they wish. Courses that have been previously taken may be repeated. Students can transfer in up to 9 hours towards the 18 hour requirement for the certificate. Prospective students must submit an application and official transcripts indicating master’s degree or equivalent awarded by a regionally accredited institution in order to be considered.
MBA PLUS Entry Requirements: Submit a Graduate School of Business application. Official transcript indicating master’s degree or equivalent awarded by a regionally accredited institution as noted by the US Department of Education. (transcript not required for GWU alumni)
GODBOLD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS|ACCOMPLISHMENTS The Godbold School of Business is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. The Charlotte Business Journal has recognized the Graduate School of Business’s MBA Program as a top ten program in North Carolina. The Graduate School of Business has over 1,300 graduates. The Graduate School of Business graduates are executives at major corporations such as Bank of America, BMW, Carolinas Healthcare System, Deloitte & Touché, Federal Reserve, Krispy Kreme, NFL, Pfizer, Sara Lee, and many more. Our alumni serve as Chief Executive Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Marketing Managers, Chief Nursing Officers, Executive Directors, Certified Public Accountants, and International Business Executives.
GARDNER-WEBB UNIVERSITY|AFFORDING EDUCATION Employer Assistance Programs Some school systems, medical facilities, and businesses provide financial assistance to Gardner-Webb graduate students. Prospective students should consult with their central offices as to the availability of such funds.
Private Sources Many companies and foundations offer assistance to students based on various qualifications. Students should investigate policies of their employers as well as with local civic organizations to determine the availability of such funds.
Federal Aid The Stafford Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized is available to graduate students. Lender list is provided below.
Military/Veteran’s Benefit The veteran’s benefit is awarded to eligible personnel. A DD-214 and a VA Application for Education Benefits must be submitted to the University’s VA Coordinator.
FINANCIAL AID|HELPFUL WEBSITES
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www.petersons.com Prepare for Graduate Admissions Test. Manage educational expenses. Loan options and information.
www.wes.org Order course-by-course evaluations for international transcripts.
www.princetonreview.com Learn about Graduate Admissions Test. Download study software.
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Gardner-Webb University is situated on over 200 acres in the Piedmont section of western North Carolina, one of the most desirable and rapidly developing areas of our nation. Boiling Springs is a small rural town. Nearby Shelby, a city of 22,000, is noted for its support of the arts and as the home of state and national leaders. Fifty miles east of Gardner-Webb is the thriving city of Charlotte, the largest city in the Carolinas. Less than one half hour away to the south is the city of Spartanburg, South Carolina.
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