The ASU W.P. Carey MBA: What You Need To Know
The W.P. Carey School of Business is a highly aggressive player in the business school arena. In the latest U.S. News ranking of MBA programs, Carey ranked 30th overall but No. 1 in innovation for the sixth year in a row.
The cohort of around 60 students learns and closely collaborates in McCord Hall, a building exclusively for graduate students that includes team learning spaces, breakout rooms, and state-of-the-art classrooms.
ASU’s full-time MBA program takes two years to complete. To be accepted into the program, prospective students must submit an admissions essay and a GMAT or GRE score. The curriculum is comprised of typical business courses and electives that are taught by award-winning faculty. Students can customize their MBA through seven concentrations: Business Analytics, Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Management, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management. The MBA is also a STEM-designated program, meaning eligible international students can stay in the country up to 36 months after graduation.
ASU Carey students have access to the award-winning Intellectual Fusion Learning Labs, where they will have the opportunity to collaborate with other graduate students from other disciplines to solve applied problems.
Built into the MBA is a summer internship between the first and second year of the program, and the career team works closely with each student to select an internship that best fits their goals. Carey hosts a wide variety of internship options with major companies across the country.
“The motto at W.P. Carey is ‘Business is personal,’ and we emulate this personal experience through one-on-one career coaching backed with a $15 million investment by the W.P. Carey Foundation,” Communications Manager Emily Beach says.
The MBA also focuses on teaching future thinking skills.
“We know the skills of the future have to do with flexibility, agility, being able to scenario-plan, and think through possible future changes,” Beach says.
Adds former Dean Amy Hillman: “We want them to prepare for how they might go about adjusting their organization or strategy for those changes.”