The McIntire School of Commerce has achieved a national reputation in
business education and has been cited as one of the top business schools in the country. Founded in 1921 under the guise of the
Wilson School of Economics, the name was changed after a substantial donation was made by Paul G. McIntire. A native of
Charlottesville and successful businessman, Mr. McIntire attended the University of Virginia for one term before venturing to
Chicago and New York to pursue his fortune in the business world. Mr. McIntire felt the purpose of the school should be to
provide training for a career in business, affording young people the vast opportunities of the business life.
The McIntire School of Commerce has grown immensely over the years, housing the undergraduate business school and two graduate
programs: accounting and the management of information technology. At the graduate level, these innovative degree programs, combine the
managerial perspective of an M. B. A. with a sharply defined professional and technical focus. To be successful at McIntire, graduate
students must maintain an intellectual enthusiasm for their program of choice. They must have the desire not only to master their field,
but also to apply that mastery. Our programs are for people who are both drawn to, and envision being leaders in, these fields because
of the opportunities they offer to make a difference in the world of business.
The Master of Science programs are demanding and rigorous. Faculty and staff work very hard in their effort to prepare students for
leadership positions and to ensure that the results are well worth the effort. The faculty consult continually with their colleagues in
the business world, watching the trends and technologies and bringing those aspects to the classroom. Classroom training is supported by
the latest in instructional technology, as well as the School’s extensive computer resources. McIntire offers a specialized business
education on the leading edge. Yet, the most distinguishing feature of the graduate programs is the close, lasting relationships between
students and faculty. These relationships are in keeping with Thomas Jefferson’s original concept of the University. Jefferson felt that
the immediate exchange of ideas represented the most effective way to transmit knowledge to the rising generation of leaders. Excellence
in teaching is the rule at McIntire.
Graduates depart McIntire as professionals with a strong foundation in their chosen field, the ability to add immediate value to an
organization, and an appreciation of the role their profession carries in a rapidly changing world.