Western Carolina University at Biltmore Park offers a mix of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, with most programs designed for working professionals looking to complete their degree while continuing their career. The degree mix offered at Biltmore Park was created based in large part on input from regional employers on their most in-demand professional skills so that Western Carolina might meet regional need while preparing students for available jobs. Our focus on professional and graduate degrees makes the program mix at Biltmore Park distinctive from our main campus in Cullowhee. What remains the same is WCU's commitment to delivering a top quality education with courses taught by highly qualified faculty with hands-on experience in their field.Undergraduate degrees at Biltmore Park
Western Carolina University offer's bachelor's-level degree programs in engineering and nursing at its Biltmore Park location, and each are the direct result of continuing job growth in these fields across Western North Carolina. The result is a win-win for both students and employers and for the region as a whole. Flexible class schedules and our convenient location off I-26 make it possible for students to complete their degree without sacrificing their careers.
WCU is one of only three UNC system institutions that offers a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. WCU expanded the B.S.E. to Biltmore Park in 2014 in response to a growing demand for research and development engineers to fuel continued growth of the high-tech manufacturing sector on the I-26 corridor. The Asheville-based program offers evening classes and is ideal for working professionals who hold an Associate of Science or Associate of Engineering degree and want to take the next step in their career. Graduates will go on to become product designers and leaders in some of the regions' most innovative companies.
Hands-on Learning: WCU practices Project-based Learning in engineering, with students partnering with companies across the region throughout their work as students. In addition to high-tech labs at Biltmore Park specifically constructed to meet the needs of students in Asheville, those pursuing the degree will have access to the Center for Rapid Product Realization and metal and plastic machine labs in Cullowhee complete with the latest in 3D printing and other development technologies.
In recent years many hospitals across the nation have begun to require nurses to have a four-year rather than two-year degree. With that trend in mind, a growing number of hospitals and doctor's offices in Western North Carolina are encouraging registered nurses or those looking to become nurses to earn their bachelor's degree. In addition to its online RN to BSN program, WCU's School of Nursing offers two degree tracks at WCU's Biltmore Park location.
WNC Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses Program will dually admit and enroll students at Western Carolina University and a local community college. The RIBN Program provides students with a four-year, seamless associate to baccalaureate nursing education.
This accelerated undergraduate program is designed for individuals who already have obtained undergraduate degrees in another field and want to earn the bachelor's degree in nursing with one more year of full-time study. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national exam required for licensure as a registered nurse.
WCU's graduate programs at Biltmore Park deliver the high quality you would expect of a UNC system school at an affordable cost. Plus, our instructional site is conveniently located just off Interstate 26 at Biltmore Park Town Square, making it easily accessible to residents in Buncombe, Henderson and Haywood counties.
WCU offers a wide variety of graduate degrees at Biltmore Park with a focus on professional, evening programs designed with the working student in mind. A few programs, including our well-respected Master of Accountancy and Master of Public Affairs degree programs, also offer the option of full-time course work for those looking to shorten their time to degree.
Explore our degree programs below:
The Master of Accountancy program prepares students from all backgrounds for successful careers in the private, government and public accounting sectors. Program graduates have the foundation for successful completion of their uniform CPA examination and professional licensure.
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA)
The MBA program is designed for the WNC working professional. Courses, led by PhD faculty with professional experience, cover a wide range of business skills geared toward assisting students in expanding their toolbox of applied knowledge.
CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING (MS)
This program prepares counselors for employment in such diverse settings as mental health/substance abuse centers, juvenile court/public offender systems, community colleges, four-year colleges, career counseling centers and more. Upon graduation, students may begin the application process for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
Master of Arts in Education (MAED)
The MAEd is designed for licensed, in-service teachers to earned advanced degrees. WCU offers several subject concentrations, and only the concentrations in English and Social Sciences are offered at Biltmore Park.
EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP - DOCTOR OF EDUCATION (EDD)
The Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership at WCU has undergone a major curriculum revision to be more rigorous and focus on the needs of students pursuing this degree. Students can concentrate in P-12 Leadership or Community College Leadership.
The MA in English helps you prepare for a host of professional careers, including community college teaching, writing and editing positions, research-intensive professions, law and library schools, and doctoral programs. WCU also offers a graduate concentration and a professional certificate in professional and technical writing.
MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING (MAT) IN ENGLISH
The MAT degree is designed for those with no teaching experience who desire licensure.
FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER MS(N)
The MS(N) Family Nurse Practitioner program is a graduate-level course of study that combines academic and field-based experiences. In this program, students develop competencies in family health promotion and the clinical management of common health conditions.
NURSE ANESTHESIA MS(N)
The Nurse Anesthesia Program is a 28-month course of Graduate study that integrates research, physiology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and anesthesia principles in didactic and clinical training. Foundational skill development and crisis management occurs in the state-of-the-art, high-fidelity human patient Simulation Center. Students also receive advanced clinical training in administration of all anesthetic and insertion of central venous and arterial lines.
DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE (DNP)
The Doctor of Nursing Practice is the terminal practice degree in Nursing. This degree builds upon the student's current knowledge of clinical practice. The DNP will prepare students to practice at the highest clinical level and provide leadership in our dynamic healthcare systems.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS (MPA)
WCU's Master of Public Affairs program offers a professional degree for part-time and full-time students interested in leadership careers in public service including government, nonprofit management, and public policy.
SCHOOL COUNSELING (MAED)
The Master of Arts in Education program in school counseling prepares graduates for careers as counselors in elementary, middle/junior high and secondary/high schools.
SOCIAL WORK (MSW)
This program prepares graduates for careers in a variety of settings, including public agencies, private practice, social service administration and social service management. The MSW is required for those who want to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
The Master of Science degree in Technology (MST) program prepares qualified candidates for professional careers that require technical applications related to quality assurance, manufacturing operations, and industrial supervision.