Porter B. Byrum School of Business

Porter B. Byrum School of Business

The mission of the Porter B. Byrum School of Business is to serve the greater Charlotte area of the Carolinas by delivering nationally accredited bachelors and masters programs in business. Accordingly, the Porter B. Byrum School of Business has the following objectives:
  • To develop and deliver a curriculum and to set educational standards consistent with those of a national accrediting body in business administration.
  • To attract and retain faculty able to foster the mission of the university and the school, and who will value teaching, applied scholarship and professional experience.
  • To encourage students to pursue academic and professional excellence; and
  • To provide opportunities for engagement with ethical issues, involvement with cultural events and to encounter a global perspective.

The Porter B. Byrum School of Business strives to provide its students with a fundamental knowledge of the functions and process of business and a basic understanding of the workings of the American and global economy. By combining a liberal arts education with instruction in specific business disciplines, Wingate provides its students with an educational experience designed to provide them not only with business knowledge and skills, but also with strong ethical and moral values that hopefully will help them make a difference in today's world. The business school faculty members’ backgrounds provide a blend of academic training, and, in many cases, extensive business experience. Ninety percent of the full-time faculty possess a terminal degree and 70 percent bring business experience to the classroom.

The Porter B. Byrum School of Business undergraduate programs in accounting, finance, management and marketing, as well as its Master of Business Administration, are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (http://www.acbsp.org).

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Graduate Opportunities
Wingate University offers a nationally accredited Master of Business Administration program. Click here to learn more about the MBA program.

Wingate University's Master's Degree in Accounting  is designed for students who are interested in becoming a CPA. Whether you are an accounting major, business major or earned another degree, our program can provide the preparation you need to take the CPA exam and obtain the premier professional credential in the accounting field.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees are offered in accounting, finance, management and marketing. Minors are also offered in each of these areas and economics. An evening Master of Business Administration is offered at Wingate's Ballantyne Campus in the heart of the Ballantyne Corporate Park in Charlotte. This program is designed for students who have two or more years of business experience.

International Programs
International Study Programs (Semester Abroad) - Wingate University encourages all students to participate in either study-abroad programs or international travel. The opportunities available for study-abroad semester programs include Copenhagen and Hong Kong.

The program in Copenhagen (Denmark International Study Program) is especially suited for business majors. DIS offers a wide variety of international business courses, with an emphasis on the European business environment.

Above, student Hope Gilley takes in the sights while a student abroad in the Denmark International Study Program. She said, "The DIS Program has opened my eyes to an entirely different world.  Denmark literally became my home and I would go back in a heartbeat if I had the chance.  I tried to take advantage of every opportunity; visiting many historic sites, travelling to 8 different countries, and getting involved with my host family, friends and church.  Denmark was the complete learning experience, in and out of the classroom.  Doing business in Europe is more difficult than in the U.S., one must be aware and understand so many more cultures, languages, traditions in order for it to become a success.  I truly believe that everyone should participate in a study abroad experience because it will change your life forever."

W’International Programs (Seminar Course)
- For students who do not wish to spend an entire semester abroad, Wingate offers W'International programs each semester. These are seminar courses open to all juniors that culminate with travel to a foreign country. The courses are offered to Wingate students at little to no cost, so that all students are able to participate.

To learn more about Wingate University’s W'International and study abroad programs, visit our International Studies homepage.

Dr. Peter M. Frank
Interim Dean


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Clubs & Organizations
Delta Mu Delta Honor Society - Dr. Ellis A. Hayes, Faculty Advisor: Wingate University is the home of the Zeta Tau Chapter of Delta Mu Delta, the national honor society in business administration. The society promotes excellence in business through recognition of outstanding achievement. Each year, junior, senior and graduate-level business students with the highest academic rankings are invited to become members.
Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity – Professor Debbi Brock, Faculty Advisor: The University is the home of the Xi Sigma chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity encouraging the study of business, scholarship and social activity. In addition, the fraternity promotes an affiliation between the business world and students. Students attend regular meetings and partake in professional, volunteer and social activities. Students must be business majors to participate. A new pledge class is inducted every fall.
Projects, Internships & International Study
The Porter B. Byrum School of Business at Wingate University assists students with internships, job placement, company projects and international study programs. In addition, selected faculty and staff provide career counseling, resume preparation and interviewing practice. A specific course (Management 306) is also directed at these needs with a full semester of in-class guidance, student writing practices, cases and role-playing exercises. This course is recommended for all business students in their junior year.
Internships & Job Placement Assistance
Although internships are not a requirement for graduation, many of our students do receive academic credit for work experience while they are students at the university. Students obtain internship opportunities in a variety of ways, including specific requests from area companies, faculty contacts and in some cases students will obtain an internship and apply to have it deemed eligible for credit.

In addition, the university provides career counsel and placement direction and conducts both on-campus and off-campus career days for student participation with local companies. The Porter B. Byrum School of Business will make every effort to help a student with his or her interviewing, internships and career goals.
Business Projects
Wingate's Porter B. Byrum School of Business will include special business projects in our business classes as appropriate and as available from the business community. Extensive casework and the experience of the professors are added to the pedagogic approach to education.

In recent years, students have worked with the professors on multiple research and operations projects at a diverse group of companies, including Tyson Foods and Harris Teeter, and for Union County (through the Union Regional Medical Center).