Range of Programs
The Pamplin College of Business offers majors in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. Its on-campus enrollment is about 3,600 undergraduates and about 260 full-time graduate students in the MBA, Master of
Accounting and Information Systems, Master of Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Ph.D. programs.
The college also enrolls about 150 evening MBA and about 50 executive MBA students at Virginia Tech's National Capital Region campus in metropolitan Washington, D.C., and about 50 professional MBA students, who take classes that alternate between Roanoke and Richmond.
Pamplin's degree programs are accredited by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).
Pamplin's undergraduate program is ranked in the nation’s 50 best business schools by U.S. News & World Report 2015 Undergraduate Business Program. Pamplin ranks No. 39 overall (which puts it in the top 10 percent of the 445 U.S. undergraduate programs accredited by AACSB International) and No. 23 among the public institutions.
Other Notable Rankings
- Undergraduate program: No. 39 overall, No. 23 among public universities U.S. News & World Report
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- Undergraduate program ranked No. 52 overall, No. 24 by employers, Bloomberg Businessweek, 2013.
- Evening MBA program: No. 34 U.S. News and World Report 2014 Best Graduate Schools.
- Master of information technology: No. 2 in the nation U.S. News and World Report 2014 Best Online Education Programs.
- Management: No. 24 for research productivity, Study by Texas A&M and University of Florida, 2012
- Accounting and information systems: No. 25 for undergraduate and master’s programs in accounting Public Accounting Report, 32nd Annual Professor’s Survey - schools with 22+ full-time accounting faculty, 2013
- Management, Marketing: two faculty members among world's top 25 business ethics scholars, Journal of Business Ethics, 2010.
Groundbreaking Research, Eminent Scholarship
Pamplin faculty members are tackling major issues in industry, finance, management practice, and information technology, to name a few areas. Their research has contributed to greater understanding of business issues, been cited in government hearings and court testimony, and played a role in policy making. Though sponsored research is not
a central aspect of the research programs of business schools, several Pamplin faculty members have attracted
national funding for their research, working as members of interdisciplinary teams. The college’s departments are also
regularly ranked among the nation’s or world’s top programs for scholarly productivity, based on article publication in
the leading academic journals in their fields.
Master of Information Technology
The college manages this interdisciplinary, online education program, with 420 students in the United States and several other countries.
Nationally and Internationally Recognized Faculty Experts
Pamplin’s senior faculty teach many of the required courses, and students learn from the professors
who win teaching and research awards, write the books used in classrooms everywhere, serve as
consultants to companies, or have worked in business and industry. The college has had 23 winners
of the university’s Wine Award for teaching excellence since the award was established in 1957.
Preparing Students for Leadership Roles
The Center for Leadership Studies, directed by Dean Robert T. Sumichrast, offers leadership development programs for all Virginia Tech students, supports academic research in leadership, and coordinates leadership programs across campus. These programs include the Business Leadership Center, which promotes the development of leadership knowledge and skills of students through classes, interaction with business leaders and scholars, and leadership roles on campus; and the Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development, which is based in the college and aims to prepare students to be leaders of integrity. The college offers a minor in leadership studies.
Preparing Students for International, Multicultural Business Challenges
The college sponsors several faculty-led study-abroad programs. It offers an international business minor and programs
at Virginia Tech’s Center for European Studies and Architecture in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, and at other universities
in Europe. Six Pamplin faculty members have received Fulbright Awards. The college’s minor in business diversity seeks
to educate students about diversity issues in the workplace. The minor is coordinated by the Business Diversity Center,
established in 2007 to coordinate the college’s teaching and research programs in business diversity.
Through two student-run investing groups, Pamplin students manage about $10 million of Virginia Tech’s endowment.
SEED (Student-managed Endowment for Educational Development), manages about $5 million through stock investments — and is believed to be the nation’s largest student-run portfolio that is managed as an extracurricular activity.
BASIS (Bond And Securities Investing by Students) manages about $5 million in bonds and other fixed-income securities
— and is one of a handful of bond-only student-investor programs in the nation. SEED’s advisers are finance professors
John Pinkerton and Mike Kender; BASIS is advised by professors George Morgan and Derek Klock.
The college offers opportunities to students and faculty to learn about current events, business issues, and leadership
practices by bringing top executives, journalists, attorneys, political pundits, and accounting and other professionals
to speak on campus through the Cutchins Distinguished Lecture, the Wells Fargo Distinguished Lecture, the BB&T
Distinguished Lecture, and the annual Business Ethics Symposium. Speakers have included George Stephanopoulos,
David Gergen, George Will, Peggy Noonan, Gloria Borger, Greg Ip, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Ralph Nader. Watch presentations of recent distinguished speakers.
The college’s undergraduate and MBA career services staff serve both students and employers. Recruiters from a range of business and government organizations attend the college’s Business Horizons career fairs, organized each fall and spring, by Pamplin undergraduates. The college has the best placement record on campus, with six of its majors in the top 10 majors sought by recruiters visiting campus.
Service to Community and Society
Several college centers offer the expertise of its faculty and students:
- The Business Diversity Center focuses on teaching and research on diversity issues and coordinates the business diversity minor.