The McIntire School of Commerce allows students to combine a world-class business program with a strong foundation in liberal arts. Most students enter McIntire’s top-rated B.S. in Commerce Program after their second year. Admission to McIntire is based upon 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.
During the two-year B.S. in Commerce Program, McIntire students acquire a comprehensive understanding of business that begins with the immersive Integrated Core Experience, a collaborative third-year learning experience focused on real-world corporate issues. As students progress, they gain expertise in one or more of the school’s five areas of concentration: accounting, finance, information technology, management, and marketing. Students are encouraged to broaden their global mindset through semester-long study abroad and short-term Global Commerce Immersion opportunities.
University students not enrolled in the B.S. in Commerce Program can position themselves for a career in business by enrolling in the McIntire Business Institute (MBI), a certificate program that provides solid preparation for a career in business and industry; by pursuing an Entrepreneurship minor; or by combining Commerce electives with another major at the University.
The school also offers an intensive one-year M.S. in Commerce Program, a graduate program with a focus on global business specifically for recent non-Commerce graduates. In 2017, The Economist ranked the M.S. in Commerce Program the No. 2 master’s in management program in the world. One of the school’s newest offerings, the groundbreaking M.S. in Global Commerce Program, gives pre-experience business graduates the opportunity to develop a portfolio of global business skills and cultural immersion experiences as they live and study together across three continents.
McIntire is widely regarded as a leader in global business education. In 2017, Poets & Quants for Undergrads ranked McIntire No. 3 among U.S. undergraduate business programs, and it was the only public institution to rank in the top five. The school garnered the highest alumni survey results, earning top marks on several questions, including how well the program prepared graduates for work, whether they believe their degree was worth its cost in time and tuition, and how they would rate teaching quality. College Magazine named UVA in its list of “Top 10 Schools for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Change the World,” touting McIntire specifically for its support of female business students and wide-ranging, effective inclusion initiatives.