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Master of Business Administration

The William & Mary School of Business is welcoming 106 new Full-Time MBA students and 10 Major General James Wright Fellows. Women make up 31% of the group and 17% of the students are active military members or veterans.

Additionally, 36% percent fo the group is made up of international students, representing 14 countries, including China, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, United States and Vietnam. More than 12 of those students are corporate and government-sponsored candidates. Among students from the U.S., 30% are in-state residents.

The students boast an average GMAT score of 629 and have an average of 60 months of work experience.

Master of Science in Business Analytics

This year’s MSBA class is extremely qualified and comes from diverse academic backgrounds. It includes students from the business disciplines as well as public policy, history, English, mechanical engineering, psychology, human resource management, biochemistry and physics.

There are 88 students in the MSBA program this year, including 62 from the U.S. (70%) and 26 from international locations (30%). Countries represented include Ukraine, Russia, Panama, Lebanon, Israel, India, Honduras, Ethiopia and China. The group includes 8% black or African American students; 8% Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander students; and 1% Hispanic/Latino students. The average GPA is 3.48, and 5% of the students are active duty or U.S. military veterans.

Master of Accounting

This year’s MAcc class is highly qualified, and the students come from all sorts of academic backgrounds. Fifty percent of the Class of 2020 are accounting majors, and the other half come from various business disciplines. The group also has students from the fine arts, linguistics, history, government, international relations, political science, public administration, risk management, security and sociology.

There are 80 students in total enrolling for MAcc in 2019 (70 fall cohort, 10 spring cohort). The group includes 60 domestic and 10 international students, giving it a domestic/international breakdown of 86%/14%. Countries represented include China, Ghana, India and Indonesia. Seven percent of the students are black or African American; 11% are Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islanders. The average GPA is 3.4.

Flex MBA

The fall 2019 Flex MBA cohort includes 45 area professionals who boast a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.31 and an average of seven years of professional experience. Primary geographic representation includes Richmond, the Greater Hampton Roads Peninsula and cities on the Southside, including Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Five students are entering the program through the Flex FastStart non-degree option, which allows interested students to “test drive” the program before deciding to officially apply, and three students are professionals at William & Mary.

The Flex MBA Program is taught weekday evenings at the William & Mary Peninsula Center in Newport News, and 48% of the incoming cohort is made up of women. International influences include Sudan, Nigeria and South Korea, and students of color make up approximately 22 percent of the group.

The students represent 28 different companies and 15 industries and include companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton, Sentara Healthcare, the Newport News Shipbuilding, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Canon Virginia, and three branches of the United States military. A sampling of industries includes management consulting, financial services, city and state governments, K-12 education, manufacturing, retail, and transportation and logistics.

Executive MBA

The next Executive MBA cohort will enter its program in January of 2020. Incoming cohorts typically include about 30 executive leaders with an average of 17 years of work experience — 15 of which is managerial. The January 2019 cohort had an average age of 41 and average incoming salary of $123,000. Executive MBA students attend classes on campus Fridays and Saturdays every other week and complete two required one-week domestic residencies in Williamsburg and Washington, D.C. and two 10-day international residencies in China and South America.

Students hail from a radius of about 200 miles of Hampton Roads, including locations as far away as Washington, D.C. and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Applications for the program’s Class of 2021, which will begin in January 2020, are due Sept. 15.

Online programs

Online programs at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business continue to thrive. The programs have grown to 316 students who hail from 29 states.

The Online MBA program is beginning its fifth year by welcoming 59 new students this fall. Thirty-seven percent are women, and 25% are students of color from the United States. The students average nine years of professional work experience and represent 47 companies. Twenty percent have already earned an advanced degree, including Doctorate of Philosophy, Juris Doctorate and Doctorate of Medicine.

The Mason School is also pleased to welcome a new class that will be kicking off the second academic year for the Online Master of Science in Business Analytics program. Twenty-six students will begin the program on Aug. 26. The students average seven years of work experience and represent 21 companies. Thirty-four percent of the class has already earned an advanced degree. Students of color from the U.S. make up 38% of the class.

Online programs at the Mason School accept new students in the fall, spring and summer.