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Appalachian’s MBA program recognized by the International Graduate Forum

BOONE—The London-based International Graduate Forum has included the Walker College of Business’s MBA program at Appalachian State University in its “Global Top 20” list for winter 2013-14.

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Appalachian’s Master of Business Administration degree comes in at No. 19 in a tie with Iceland’s Reykjavik University.

Appalachian also is included in the forum’s list of tier one schools in North America for winter 2013-14. The information is included in IGS’s online publication, CEO Magazine.

The International Graduate Forum’s MBA rankings are based on key performance indicators considered to be of interest and value to potential students, according to their website. International diversity, class sizes, student work experience, faculty-to-student ratios, and faculty qualifications – both academic and professional – are given considerable weight.

“With competition between business schools continuing to increase, it is important for schools to understand what students really want. Schools ranked highly by the IGF in CEO Magazine have been successful in this goal,” the publication reported.

The Walker College of Business’s on-campus MBA program is offered in a compressed time frame allowing students to complete the program in one year from their start date. Students attend classes full time and year round by taking summer classes and/or internships. Concentrations are offered in sustainable business, international business, general management and economics. Beginning this fall, the MBA program will offer concentrations business analytics, leading and managing human resources, supply chain management and interdisciplinary business beginning this fall.

An off-campus, two-year program is offered in Hickory.

More information about the programs is available at