Dean's Welcome

For nearly a century, the McIntire School of Commerce has been regarded as one of the nation’s finest business schools, offering world-class programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. McIntire’s history has been shaped by its unwavering pursuit of excellence, both in teaching and in research, and by its commitment to producing thoughtful, ethical graduates who go on to become leaders in business and in society. The School is an institution characterized by ambitious goals, a tradition of innovation, dedication to integrity, and a strong sense of community.

As we strive to maintain a position of preeminence among our peer institutions, all of our activities share four essential characteristics:

  • Excellence in the study and teaching of the key business disciplines and skills
  • An integrated approach to research and teaching that focuses on important business and organizational issues, drawing on relevant knowledge from business and non-business disciplines
  • An institutional commitment to the personal development of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni

By working in collaboration with other schools in the University, our corporate partners, and our global network of educational institutions, we are creating integrative, innovative programs and research, offering an educational experience of exceptional scope and quality. We believe that the lessons of the humanities, the sciences, technology, and the arts are more meaningful when examined within the practical context of commerce. Complete students, business leaders, and citizens understand the value of this integration and its use within this context. Our coursework is strategically designed to help students meet the demands of today’s rapidly changing, intensely competitive global marketplace. Our vision is to develop UVA students into leaders who successfully live, work, compete, and contribute in the new global reality.

At McIntire, our tradition is innovation. We are committed to excellence, deeply aware of our responsibility to produce thoughtful, ethical, and productive citizens, and mindful of the principled tradition that brought us so far. We also recognize, however, that today’s fiercely competitive global reality demands constant and close attention to our curriculum and to the strategic allocation of School resources. In the face of these challenges, we seek to provide McIntire students with an education that prepares them for a lifetime of leadership, integrity, and success. In short, we seek to provide the best business education in the world.

We invite you to explore this website and to familiarize yourself with the outstanding people and programs of the McIntire School of Commerce. We look forward to seeing you in Charlottesville.

—Carl P. Zeithaml
Dean