The off-campus Master of Business Administration degree at Appalachian

Enhance your marketability, increase your business skill set and become more effective in your current role or prepare for new employment opportunities with Appalachian State University’s Master of Business Administration program.

Dive into this 36-hour Distance Education program and discover what it takes to stand out in the business world.

Through this program, Appalachian faculty will connect you to both practical and theoretical applications that can help you gain a well-rounded business education and push your career forward with the skills employers demand.

As a graduate, you will be equipped with a core set of competencies including functional business knowledge, leadership and teamwork skills, analytical and critical thinking skills, responsiveness to domestic and global business environments, appreciation for diversity and multiculturalism as well as ethical and legal responsibilities, professional development and communication skills.

Distance Education at Appalachian: Empowering adult learners with the skills to land meaningful careers.

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Degree details

Program format

  • Two classes per semester, year-round
  • Completion time: two years

Eligibility and application requirements


Applicants must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university

NOTE: Applicants are advised to have an informal resume/transcript review.

Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Application fee
  • Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended (other than Appalachian)
  • Three references
  • GRE or GMAT scores no older than five years

NOTE: Test scores are applied toward a minimum formula score, including the GPA. The GRE/GMAT score requirement may be waived upon official documentation of a previous, successfully completed graduate degree.


County Location Semester Start Application Deadline


Appalachian Center at Hickory


July 1


Nov. 1


April 1

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