The McIntire School of Commerce enables students to build upon a strong foundation in liberal arts through its world-class business program. Admission to McIntire is based on evidence of competitive academic performance, intellectual ability, significant extracurricular and leadership experiences, as well as other qualities of character that may not be quantitatively measured. Most students enter McIntire’s top-rated, two-year B.S. in Commerce Program after their second year.
McIntire students receive a comprehensive business education that begins with the innovative Integrated Core Experience, an immersive third-year curriculum based on solving real-world corporate issues. As students progress, they gain expertise in one or more of the school’s five concentration areas: accounting, finance, information technology, management, and marketing.
All students are encouraged to access global learning opportunities, such as semester-long study abroad and short-term Global Commerce Immersion classes.
In 2019, the B.S. in Commerce received a STEM designation and ranked No. 2 among undergraduate business programs in the United States by Poets & Quants for Undergrads.
University students who do not apply to the B.S. in Commerce Program can position themselves for a business-related career by enrolling in the McIntire Business Institute (MBI), an expansive certificate program designed to develop a wide skillset that provides greater employment opportunities; by pursuing an Entrepreneurship or Leadership minor; or by combining Commerce electives with another major.
McIntire also offers five inventive master’s programs. For non-business graduates, the M.S. in Commerce is an intensive and extensive one-year program modeled on the undergraduate program. In 2019, The Economist ranked the M.S. in Commerce Program the No. 1 master’s in management program in the U.S., No. 6 in the world. For graduates seeking to develop a portfolio of global business skills and cultural immersion experiences, the groundbreaking M.S. in Global Commerce program presents the unique opportunity to live and study on three continents, earning two degrees and a certificate in one year. The highly regarded M.S. in Accounting program offers students deep technical knowledge of accounting as well as skills in leadership, problem solving, and project management.
For working professionals, McIntire's one-year M.S in the Management of Information Technology (M.S. in MIT) Program is a leader in developing savvy technology managers and strategic business decision-makers. Likewise, the newly launched M.S. in Business Analytics, a program offered in partnership with the Darden School of Business, prepares early-career individuals to leverage analytics in new industries or advanced positions. All of McIntire’s master’s programs carry STEM designations with the exception of the M.S. in Global Commerce.