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   FSU Ranks in Top 50 - Best for Vets

   Military Times announces the top 77 Best for Vets: Business Schools

    Selection focuses on veteran culture and curriculum, cost in the context of military
    and veteran benefits, overall veteran policies, and publicly available outcome measures


SPRINGFIELD, VA – Military Times today announced its Best for Vets: Business Schools 2016 rankings. 

The organization made up of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times focused on culture and curriculum that cater to military veterans when conducting and scoring the fourth annual Best for Vets: Business Schools survey, a highly respected analysis of a graduate business school’s complete offerings for veterans.

As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Business Schools is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans.

“Veterans have told us they were attracted to a business degree because it wouldn’t tie them down to a certain industry,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Best for Vets. “The survey lets us recognize the graduate business schools with close military connections that truly take vets’ success to heart.”

The rankings are published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands the week of Feb. 8, as well as on,,, and 

Military Times’ Best for Vets survey-based rankings include Colleges, Career & Technical Colleges, Business Schools, Franchises, Employers and Law Enforcement.

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The-Best-Masters-Degrees-Online-MBA-285x300   In our recent ranking, Fayetteville State University was named as having one of the 10 most affordable
   AACSB Online MBA programs in the U.S.  

   The ranking was created using information from AACSB and National Center for Education Statistics' College
   Navigator Database to identify the 10 most affordable accredited online MBA programs.  


   Fayetteville State University, which ranked 1st, was also noted by our editors as having an incredible overall price. 

The Best Master's Degrees' mission is to provide high quality, expert information and resources for individuals considering a master's degree. We provide rankings and profiles of degree programs in a variety of the most common master's degree areas.  

The article and a high-resolution award badge can be found here:                                                        


FSU Social Entrepreneurship Teams Continue Winning Streak: Both Teams Victorious at 2015 Conference

UPDATED Release by FSU Public Relations:

The University of North Carolina General Administration has announced that, as a result of a screening error, the NC A&T State University's graduate that initially won 1st place at the 2015 Social Entrepreneurship Conference has been disqualified. Consequently, Fayetteville State University's graduate has been declared the TOP WINNER (1st place) in the graduate category for its social entrepreneurial business idea CannaMix. CLICK HERE to learn more about this update.

Congratulations are extended to the FSU graduate team - Marin Rachev, MBA Student, Jasmine Gaston, MS Biology Student, and Brian Olson, an undergraduate biology major - as well as to the team advisors/coaches - Dr. Steven Phelan and Mr. Greg McElveen of the School of Business and Economics and Dr. Shirley Chao of the College of Arts and Sciences.

"I could not be more proud of what the School of Business and Economics and Biological Sciences students have accomplished this year in addition to our wins in the previous two years," said Dr. Assad Tavakoli, Dean of the FSU School of Business and Economics.




For a second year in a row, the Fayetteville State University online MBA program was ranked in the top 100 by US News and World Report.

Distinguishing characteristics of online program include:

This is an award winning program, with significant individualized faculty support, designed for working adults. Classes are typically streamed live in the evenings for those who desire real time interaction with faculty and classmates. Class lectures/discussions are also recorded. For students desiring extra-curricular learning opportunities, significant support is given to assist student-led entrepreneurial ventures. While most students work full time and study pt time, 40%+ graduate <=3 yrs.

See link below for full US News and World Report and details about our distinguished online MBA program at Fayetteville State University:                                                                               

Fayetteville State University (FSU) has been named as having one of the top 50 Online MBA programs in the United States by Affordable Colleges Online (ACO). ACO, an organization of higher education professionals established to guide students in identifying high quality online options, noted that "Top online MBA programs offer not only flexibility, but academic rigor, student support, and cost structures that rival - and in some cases surpass - their campus-based counterparts." After analyzing more than 500 colleges, FSU's online MBA program was one that stood out. Attributes considered by ACO included "full accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), low student-teacher ratios, and faculty with demonstrated excellence in business and management."

The FSU School of Business and Economics (SBE) has also been recognized as among the top online MBA programs in the nation by US News and World Report and In addition, the Princeton Review has consistently listed the MBA program as one of the country's best graduate business programs. The impact of the SBE's faculty scholarly research has also been ranked in the top 100 by the Social Science Research Network.

Dr. Assad Tavakoli, Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Fayetteville State University, noted that, "We are pleased that the significant investments made to deliver leading edge distance learning options in our MBA program enable us to provide a powerful and affordable education for high potential working adults. By offering students the option to participate in live streaming lectures and discussions or to access recordings at their convenience, we enable them to pursue a high quality MBA around their schedules."

More information about Fayetteville State University's Affordable Colleges Online ranking can be found at:

More information about Fayetteville State University's MBA program can be found at:

FSU is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. FSU offers nearly 60 degrees at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. With nearly 6,000 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation.

For more information, call (910) 672-1474.



2014 HBCU All-Star Update

Amanda Eure

Fayetteville State University
1st year Graduate Student
Master of Business Administration

I am from Gates, N.C. I am a graduate of Winston-Salem State University and North Carolina A&T State University. Currently, I am pursuing my MBA while working as an Operations Research Analyst with the Department of the Navy. I love to travel and experience other cultures. Recently, I purchased Rosetta Stone for French: Levels 1-4 in hopes of learning French and traveling to Martinique or Guadeloupe in the near future.

At Fayetteville State University, I am majoring in business administration with a concentration
in project management. The project management courses will teach me the four basic elements
to managing a project: resources, time, money, and scope. One of my career goals is to be able
to successfully lead a team on a project from start to finish.

I am an HBCU All-Star because I am a trailblazer. At Winston-Salem State University, I was
the first recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Education Scholarship, which
provides funding to study abroad to undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell
Grant funding attending a two- or four-year institution. By me receiving this scholarship, it
proved to WSSU students and others that we are just as competitive as any other student
regardless of the institution.

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FSU Extraordinary Experience! A group of 13 FSU faculty, staff, and students recently traveled to the other side of the world to participate in a 9 day educational and cultural expedition to the People's Republic of China. They returned to the U.S. on May 23rd.

The trip, sponsored in part by FSU, was organized and implemented through an agreement with the Asia Institute located in Shanghai, China. It was designed to give participants a broad view of the China, its cities and interior, its culture and customs and its economy, now the second largest in the world. With 1.7 billion consumers and a government intent on developing and encouraging large, transnational enterprises, this FSU trip was designed to expose FSU participants to the opportunities that China represents.

In many ways, this trip was about giving our students 'real tools for the real world.' Students got a first-hand indication that, regardless of culture or nationality, most of the tools they're acquiring in the FSU MBA Program or in their FSU studies are the same ones that their potential partners and competitors are acquiring and using elsewhere. Now, more than ever, we live and work in a global community, where good products get sold and good business agreements can produce thriving economic partnerships. And where smart people with the right skills, broad understanding of international business and channeled ambition can succeed. This China visit was a great opportunity for our students.

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (February 11, 2014) - Fayetteville State University (FSU) student Amanda Eure has been named one of 75 students from 62 historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) as an HBCU All-Star.  The selection of the first class of students was made by The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCUs) and recognizes undergraduate, graduate and professional students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership and civic engagement.  Eure, a native of Gates, N.C., is enrolled in FSU's nationally recognized Master of Business Administration program.

"On behalf of the entire Fayetteville State University family, I congratulate Amanda for being chosen to this prestigious honor roll of some of the nation's best and brightest HBCU students," said FSU Chancellor James A. Anderson.  "Her selection is an indication of not only her outstanding performance in the classroom, but also her service to the community.  I commend her for being such an outstanding representative for FSU."

The All-Stars were selected from 445 students who submitted completed applications that included a transcript, resume, essay and recommendation.  The HBCU All-Stars will serve as ambassadors of the White House Initiative by providing outreach and communication with their fellow students about the value of education and the Initiative as a networking resource.

"Engaging with the next generation of leaders who will graduate from HBCUs and go on to make meaningful contributions to society is crucial to the success of our community, our country and our global competitiveness," said George Cooper, executive director of the WHIHBCUs.  "It is a privilege to announce these 75 students who have demonstrated a commitment to both their own academic achievement and making a difference in their communities, and we look forward to working with them as partners in advancing President Obama's college completion goal."

Over the course of the next year - through social media and their relationships with community-based organizations - the All-Stars will share promising and proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to achieve their educational and career potential.   In addition, the 45 female and 30 male All-Stars will participate in regional events and web chats with Ivory Toldson, deputy director of the WHIHBCUs, other Initiative staff and professionals from a wide range of disciplines.  They will also have opportunities to engage with other scholars to showcase individual and collective talent across the HBCU community.

More information about the activities of the 75 HBCU All-Stars will be provided in the coming months as they carry out their role as ambassadors of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Founded in 1867, FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. It offers nearly 60 degrees in the arts, sciences, business, and education at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.  It serves a student body of nearly 6,000 students and has a faculty and staff of approximately 900.

For more information, call (910) 672-1474, or contact our MBA program at (910) 672-2910.                                                         

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From March 6-May 15, in weekly 2-hour sessions, FSU Faculty will  partner with professional staff from SR-AHEC and local medical practice to help local medical personnel to thrive in the brave new world of medicine occasioned by the changes and regulations of ACA (Affordable Care Act), ACO's (Accountable Care Organizations)  and EHR (Electronic Health Records).

The emphasis throughout will be twofold: 1) making sense of the myriad changes and 2) providing business management tools to overcome obstacles and thrive in the new environment.

Topics covered will range from an initial overview of the changes through leadership, cash management, marketing, staffing, quality and measuring results.

Importantly, these seminars break new ground for FSU MBA, because for the first time, FSU will be part of CME credits coursework (CME stands for Continuing Medical Education). For  medical personnel, there are varying requirements for continuing education, but it is part of continued certification, so this prototype partnering venture may have promise as FSU MBA extends its associations with its local area of influence.

Three FSU MBA professors are presenters during these sessions: Eric Dent (leadership), Boris Abbey (financial management) and Beth Hogan (marketing).



Named One of the Top 100 Online MBA Programs in the Nation

by US News & World Report   



January 10, 2014 - The recently released 2014 U.S. News & World Report review of U.S. online graduate business programs ranks the Fayetteville State University MBA program among the top 100 online graduate business programs in the nation and among the top 5 in the state of North Carolina. As noted by USN&WR in its announcement,


"Online education is becoming a popular option for both students completing an undergraduate degree and working adults seeking career advancement. These are the best online master's in business degree programs, based on factors such as level of accreditation, reputation for excellence among peer institutions, and academic and career support services offered to students."

For more information about the most recent Online Graduate Business Program rankings, please see the U.S. News Special Report on Online Education, which can be found at

Dr. Assad Tavakoli, Dean of the School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Fayetteville State University, noted that,

"We place a high priority on serving the needs of students through leading edge distance learning options, including telepresence capabilities that enable students to participate in real-time class discussions in any MBA course from any location with Internet access. We also record those classes for students who are unable to participate real-time, or for those who would like to be able to review lectures at a later point in time. These investments in flexible student learning delivery capabilities also previously resulted in our MBA program being named a finalist by the MBA Roundtable organization for the 2012 Innovator Award. We are honored by this latest ranking by U.S. News & World Report and appreciate the recognition of the high quality of FSU's MBA program."

The University was also recently ranked by Military Times as the top school in North Carolina and among the best in the country for veterans. The School of Business and Economics (SBE) is accredited by AACSB International and the faculty is ranked among the top 100 business schools in the US by Social Science Research Network.

The reasons for all these awards?

Students frequently cite the well-regarded faculty, the committed classmates, real world applications, and the opportunity for high quality interaction through both virtual and traditional means as key factors in choosing to pursue their MBA degrees at FSU.

In addition, the FSU MBA program is designed to be responsive to student needs by providing:

  • Real tools for the real world, with education focused on applying leading edge theory to practical business situations.
  • Experiential diversity-including diversity of staff and student body to better prepare graduates for today's increasingly multi-cultural, interconnected world.
  • Small class sizes, facilitating personal attention and interaction between faculty and students.
  • High quality faculty
  • Affordability
  • AACSB accreditation.

It's all designed around the practical needs of our students, to provide lasting value in their careers.

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Going back to school for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a serious investment of time and money. MBA programs from a good public university will cost around $80,000 while a private or Ivy League program runs at least $120,000. And to make matters even more expensive, a full-time program will cost you two years of income if you have to quit your job in order to go to school. Of course, there are less expensive programs out there as well as part-time programs which allow you to continue earning income while studying - but at the end of the day, an MBA is expensive. However, that's not to say it isn't worth it. Even during the recession, 93% of MBA graduates were employed and 70% of MBA graduates said their salaries were meeting their expectations. Basically, MBAs fared much better in the tough economy than their peers with just a BA. On average, people with a MBA degree make 40% more than their BA counterparts in a similar field. You'd be selling graduate programs short if you choose to only attend for the salary bump though. Getting an MBA is an immersive experience. Most programs offer a blend of theory and case-study teaching, allowing you to learn about businesses past and present - the successes and failures. Additionally, MBA programs take pride in hiring the best in the field, professors with real world experience to teach you the ropes on important business practices from starting a small business to finding investors, and more. While plenty of people will say that real-world experience is the only real way to learn about business, one study shows that in a study of CEOs from 1995-2009, the CEOs with MBA degrees outperformed their peers in terms of investor returns and business success. Also, going back to school for a MBA degree is a great way to set your career on a new trajectory. MBA specializations include:

  • Finance
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Accounting
  • Marketing

And last but not least, most graduates will tell you that the best thing you'll earn from an MBA program isn't the degree but the network. Your peer network at graduate school will be made up of business minded professionals in a variety of fields - great resources for finding a job, assistance, or talent in the future. Learn More Here.

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