Mason School of Business

Mason School of Business
The Mason School of Business
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Established 1919
Renamed Mason School of Business in 2005
Type Public
Dean Larry Pulley
Location Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

The Mason School of Business is the business school at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. The school, named after alumni and founder of Legg Mason, Raymond A. "Chip" Mason, in 2005,[1] was ranked in the top 20 MBA programs in 2007[2] and the top 10 undergraduate programs among public universities.[3] The school offers Full-time MBA, Part-time MBA, Executive MBA, Masters in Accounting and Undergraduate Business Degrees.


The College of William & Mary

Founded in 1693, the College is the second oldest university in the nation and educated many of the nation's Founding Fathers. It ranks consistently among the top 10 public, undergraduate liberal arts colleges in the United States.

The College of William & Mary is consistently ranked among the nation’s top public universities—and it is the best small public university, according to the 2007 annual undergraduate rankings of colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report.

Proud traditions of the College include the founding of the national honor society Phi Beta Kappa and the first University Honor Code that inspires alumni, students and members of the College community to lead ethical and moral lives.

The Mason School of Business has deep roots in the history and traditions that has made the College of William and Mary one of the most distinguished liberal arts universities in the nation.

This same commitment to scholarship, service and ethics underscores the mission and curriculum of the Mason School of Business. The School educates the next generation of business leaders by offering a highly personal learning environment that fosters team-building skills, self-reliance, an entrepreneurial spirit and ethical character. This pledge is expressed in the School's educational mission: "To nurture creativity, to mentor high-mindedness, to accelerate ambitions of leadership in our students that they might imagine the great business opportunities of the day and seize them."


In 1919 William & Mary President Julian A.C. Chandler established the Department of Business while expanding the College's sphere of services. The study of business grew in popularity over the 20th Century, with substantial growth after the end of World War II.

The College established the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program in 1966. In 1968 the Department of Business became the School of Business, and in 1971, the College's Board of Visitors approved the addition of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) undergraduate degree. One in six undergraduate students at the College major or minor in business, making it the most popular major on campus.

The Mason School of Business is an AACSB-accredited school of business. Students are immersed in real business situations throughout the undergraduate and graduate business education programs.

Graduate programs

Traditional MBA

The full-time MBA program, a 21-month program offering instruction in entrepreneurship, finance, general management, marketing, information technology and operations management. Executive Partners The school’s pioneering model of faculty-executive partnership in and out of the classroom, Career Acceleration Modules, and Leadership Advantage combine to form a highly personalized, experience-based education that is unmatched by most business schools today.

William & Mary's graduate business program the Mason School of Business ranked #55 (#25 among public universities) in the 2010 edition of the U.S. News rankings. Mason's MBA program was ranked #49 by Forbes in 2008, #40 nationally by the Financial Times in 2008 and #17 nationally by the Wall Street Journal.

Executive and professional

For the working professional, the school's Executive and Professional Programs (EPP) provides graduate business and continuing business education (non-degree) in a variety of formats:

The Flex MBA, established in 1985, is located at the Peninsula Center in the Oyster Point area of Newport News; the Executive MBA program, established in 1986, is a 20-month program for executives integrating a dynamic curriculum with global business trends taught by faculty with real-world experience. In this highly personalized program, working professionals earn their MBAs by attending classes on weekends; and the Center for Corporate Education provides highly customized solutions to individuals and organizations such as Lean Six Sigma.

Masters in Accounting

The Master's in Accounting program (MAcc) , is a one-year program that provides the necessary credit hours and curricular requirements to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam.


The Bachelor's in Business Administration program (BBA) is a two-year program within the College of William & Mary that provides undergraduate business education in five majors: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Operations & Information Systems Management, and Process Management & Consulting. Students who major in Business are also eligible to concentrate (mini-major) in any of the major fields, plus Entrepreneurship. It additionally provides minors in the above mentioned majors and Management.


The business school is housed on the main campus of William and Mary in Williamsburg. The Mason School of Business moved into its new state-of-art building, Alan B. Miller Hall, in fall 2009. Miller Hall was named for William & Mary alumnus, Alan B. Miller, whose accomplishments are described below. It is located at the Corner of Ukrop Way and Jamestown Road at the western edge of campus. The building was designed by renowned architects Robert A.M. Stern in the Georgian style, as is the rest of campus.


There are now over 10,000 business alumni from the Mason School of Business, including many prominent and highly successful business people in some of the top corporations around the country.

Notable alumni

See also

External links


  1. ^ "The College of William and Mary School of Business Now the Mason School of Business". College of William & Mary. November 11, 2005. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Which MBA Online". Economist Magazine. 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  3. ^ BusinessWeek: Undergraduate Business Program of The Mason School of Business at The College of William and Mary Among the Best in the U.S., College of William & Mary, March 9, 2007 

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