Dean's Message

It has been my pleasure since 2005 to serve as dean of the WSU College of Business, my alma mater. Serving also as a faculty member since 1990, I have witnessed firsthand the College’s role as a driver of economic development in the state of Washington, across the nation, and around the world. We have heavily invested in the future of commerce through our commitment to conducting the highest quality research, offering world-class educational programs, and providing a forum for the delivery of innovation. Related initiatives emanate from our primary strategic priorities:

  • Research: Conducting quality research, publishing in our fields’ premier journals, and preparing doctoral students for academic careers.
  • Global Outlook: Broadly developing an appreciation in our students for the cultural and social dimensions of the global business environment.
  • Professional Perspectives: Developing professional and responsible future business leaders.
  • Innovation: Fostering innovative ideas and entrepreneurial thinking in our students and faculty.

Over the past few years the College of Business has consistently ranked in the top 50 among public national universities and in the top 75 overall by U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges; our online MBA ranked 1st in admissions and 3rd in engagement U.S. News and World Report’s inaugural Top Online Education Rankings 2012; our MBA has been ranked among the country’s best by Princeton Review; our online MBA program was ranked as a “best buy” and 53 out of 139 on’s list of Best Online MBA programs; our International Business program has been ranked in the top 20 since 2003 by U.S. News and World Report and recently was recently 13th among public universities; Entrepreneur Magazine has rated our Entrepreneurship program as the State’s best and among the top 25 in the Nation; our School of Hospitality Business Management has been ranked #1 in career services to its students, as well as in the top 10 in research productivity, and our Information Systems department is in the top 10 in research productivity. The WSU College of Business is a vibrant, internationally-recognized educational environment.

The College’s educational programs are world-class and I am pleased that you are considering one of our online degree programs. WSU is a pioneer in online distance education and has been engaged in complete degree programs since the early 1990s. Building on over 50 years of experience delivering graduate management education, the WSU College of Business is particularly well-suited to offer the online MBA program. I encourage you to explore the content of this brochure to learn more about our unique program and how it can assist you in achieving your career goals.

It’s a great time to be at WSU. I am honored, and often humbled, to be leading the College of Business. I hope that you will consider joining our online MBA program and (someday soon) join the ranks of proud WSU Cougar alumni worldwide.


Eric Spangenberg
Dean, College of Business at Washington State University
The Maughmer Freedom Philosophy Endowed Chair

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