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, observing business
trends and changes in technology in order to bring a contemporary perspective
to the classroom. Classroom training is supported by the latest in instructional
technology, as well as the Schools 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 Jeffersons
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