Message from the Dean


The College of Business combines a terrific business education with a strong foundation in the liberal arts.  Business faculty chose to join Mary Washington because of this marriage.  Faculty members are excellent classroom instructors who also create cutting-edge research that impacts industry.  They care about their students and, because of our smaller class sizes, learn your names and embrace your dreams.

Accreditation by AACSB International, the world’s premier accreditation organization for business schools, provides assurance that we meet the highest standards of quality in business education.

We are proud that we provide numerous opportunities for students to apply what they are learning.  Students do everything from helping a local organization with their marketing strategy to conducting research to determine answers to an organization’s pressing questions.  You learn by doing… it’s not only ‘book learning’ here!

Over 100 students a year complete an internship.  Sometimes the internship experience confirms a chosen career path, while occasionally students decide that the work they’ve done during their internship is not what they want to do!  Both are excellent outcomes.  Other students participate in study abroad each year.  While College of Business faculty lead 2-3 short trips annually, the university has connections that allow students to study for an entire semester at leading global universities.

Business community members and alumni are frequent visitors to classes, business student organizations, and extracurricular activities.  Students participate in Career Chats, Speed Networking, and LinkedIn workshops, enhancing their value to future employers.  As early as the freshmen year, students can apply to be paired with an alumni mentor.

Graduates have realized their dreams because of their business degree!  Alumni work in Big Four accounting firms, for sports teams, in the government contracting industry, as entrepreneurs, and more.  As students determine their passion while in school, we help them find employment that marries their passion with a paycheck.

This is a special place.  Let me know how we can make your dreams come true as a Mary Washington business student!  I’d love to hear from you.

Lynne Richardson
Dean, College of Business

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