The School of Business

Where Business Isn’t Business as Usual

Mission

The School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is rooted in WPI's strengths in technology, engineering, and science, and is known for developing innovative and entrepreneurial leaders for a global technological world.

We focus on:
  • Creating and leading technology-based organizations;
  • Innovating by creating new processes, products, services, based on technology; 
  • Integrating technology into the workplace.
We emphasize:
  • Innovative and project-based education that integrates the theory and the practice of management, and prepares students to assume positions of leadership in an increasingly global business environment;
  • Basic scholarship, while also valuing the scholarship of application and the scholarship of instruction;
  • Interaction with the business community focused primarily on technological innovation and both individual and organizational entrepreneurship.

Admissions

  • Admission to the School of Business Graduate Programs is competitive and based upon undergraduate performance, work experience, test scores, recommendations, and other factors. For details and deadlines, visit the School of Business Admissions Office.
  • For admission to the School of Business Undergraduate Programs, please refer to the WPI Undergraduate Admissions Office for application requirements and deadlines.
 
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    Name: Joseph Sarkis
    Department: School of Business
    Title: Dean, ad interim; Department Head; Professor

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    Department: School of Business
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    Name: Michael B. Elmes
    Department: School of Business
    Title: Professor

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    Name: Edward Gonsalves
    Department: School of Business
    Title: Adjunct Professor

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    Department: School of Business
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    Name: Frank Hoy
    Department: School of Business
    Title: Professor

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    Department: School of Business
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    Department: School of Business
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    Department: School of Business
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    Department: School of Business
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    Department: School of Business
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    Name: Diane M. Strong
    Department: School of Business
    Title: Professor

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