Graduate Business Programs within the Godbold School of Business at Gardner-Webb are designed to meet the unique needs of students. Structured for either full-time or part-time study, classes are offered in a traditional classroom setting or online. The curriculum is designed 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 paths present. Our students 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’ interactions with professors, as well as with each other, creates a wide range of relevant experiences from which to learn.
Master of Business Administration | MBA
The Master of Business Administration degree is useful for those seeking to gain working knowledge of business as well as managerial skills that have real-world applications. The program is a great choice for those seeking departmental, divisional, or organizational leadership roles and/or an increase in earnings potential. The program is structured in such a way that students can choose from a variety of emphasis areas such as Accounting, Banking and Finance, Economics, Healthcare Management, Hospitality and Tourism, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.
Available Emphases: Accounting, Banking and Finance, Forensic Accounting, Healthcare Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Human Resource Management, International Business Marketing, Management Information Systems, and Tax Accounting.
International Master of Business Administration | IMBA
The International Master of Business Administration degree is useful for those seeking to obtain a global education and a competitive advantage in an increasingly global economy. 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 with real-world applications.
Master of Accountancy | MAcc
The Master of Accountancy Program is useful for those seeking to gain applicable knowledge designed to enhance effectiveness in upper-level accounting and financial positions in public accounting, private industry, or government. The program is designed to provide students with an educational experience that meets the NC State Board of Public Accountancy’s 150-hour requirement to obtain the Uniform Certified Public Accounting Examination certificate. The MAcc is flexible in that it allows individuals choose from two career-specific concentrations.
Available Emphases: Forensic Accounting and Tax Accounting.
Master of Wealth and Trust Management | MWTM
The Master of Wealth and Trust Management degree is useful for those seeking to gain working knowledge of investment analysis and portfolio management, financial planning, retirement planning, estate planning, and more. Upon completion of the program, students will be deemed qualified to stand for the CFP® Certification Examination in addition to having an in-depth understanding of the fields of study relevant to the Series 7 Examination. This program serves to prepare students for careers in trust management, financial planning, private banking, investment planning/management, and other similar areas or to further contribute to the knowledge of the working professional.
MBA Plus Certificate
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.
Available Emphases: Accounting, Banking and Finance, Economics, Forensic Accounting, Healthcare Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Tax Accounting.
Business Foundation Certificate
The Business Foundations Certificate is designed to meet the needs of professional adults who seek to develop their business skills. Many professionals hold degrees in non-business fields and need to gain knowledge and up-to-date tools in the business area. The courses, available completely online, will sharpen your skills and strengthen your value in the workplace. The Business Foundations Certificate also provides you the opportunity to begin your graduate degree with the Godbold School of Business. The three courses taken to complete the Certificate satisfy the prerequisites need to begin our Master of Business Administration (MBA) and International Master of Business Administration (IMBA) programs.