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Pamplin College of Business – Virginia Tech


The first bachelor’s degree in business at what would eventually become Virginia Tech was offered in 1925 and the first master’s degree in 1931. A school of business was established in 1961 with 28 faculty members and 823 students. Business became one of the colleges of the university in 1965.

The college was named for two alumni, Robert B. Pamplin and his son, Robert B. Pamplin Jr., in 1986 in recognition of their lifetime accomplishments, service to Virginia Tech and especially to its college of business, and their financial support.

Pamplin emphasizes technology and analysis that improve business, entrepreneurship that leads to innovation and innovative companies, international opportunities for learning and research, and an inclusive, collaborative community.

The college established two centers in 2014-15. The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship seeks to support curricular programs across the university in educating students about entrepreneurship and involving them in entrepreneurship activities. The center also serves as a resource for outreach to the business community and supports faculty research related to entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, and new venture formation and growth.

The Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics serves as an interdisciplinary resource in this growing area to support faculty research both within the college and in cooperation with other units on campus as well as outreach to the business community and curricular initiatives for undergraduate and graduate students.


The Pamplin College of Business’ main location is on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, VA. However, the MBA administrative offices and class locations are based at extended campus locations in the DC metro area and throughout Virginia in order to maximize convenience for working professionals.

Evening MBA classes take place at Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center, which is adjacent to the West Falls Church metro station on the Orange line and just a short drive from Tysons Corner. The MBA programs administrative offices are also housed at this location.

Executive MBA classes are held at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, which is a short walk away from the Ballston metro station on the Orange and Silver lines.

Professional MBA classes rotate between the Virginia Tech Richmond Center in the West End and the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center in downtown Roanoke. The Professional MBA will also be available at the Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center in Fall 2019.


Pamplin in Blacksburg

Constructed in 1957, the college’s building was named Pamplin Hall in 1969. In 1988, the original building was renovated and a new structure, including an atrium, was added to the old building. This renovation roughly doubled the size of Pamplin Hall. The atrium and other spaces were renovated in 2014 to provide students with more room to study and have informal interactions with each other and faculty members. Pamplin Hall houses the dean’s office, faculty and staff offices, classrooms, and meeting rooms.

Pamplin in Falls Church

The Evening MBA and the M.S. in business administration, hospitality, and tourism management are offered at Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center. The center, which opened in 1997, is the university’s primary teaching location for graduate programs in the National Capital Region. The 232,000-square-foot facility is adjacent to the West Falls Church Metro station on the Orange line.

Pamplin in Arlington

The Executive MBA program is offered at the Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington, a state-of-the-art, LEED-certified facility in the vibrant Ballston district of Arlington, near many technology companies and federal government science and research agencies. Opened in 2011, the seven-floor, 144,000-square-foot center houses several Virginia Tech research centers and institutes and includes retail, restaurant, and green space.

Pamplin in Richmond and Roanoke

Professional MBA classes meet every month, alternating between the Virginia Tech Richmond Center in the West End of Richmond and the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center, located in the Roanoke Higher Education Center in downtown Roanoke.


The Pamplin College of Business employs a total of 151 teaching and research faculty: 94 full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty, 18 professors of practice/collegiate, 23 full-time lecturers/instructors, and 16 other full-time equivalent.

Student Body

The total enrollment across undergraduate and graduate programs at the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business exceeds 5,400 students. Accounting for all classes and cohorts, 182 students are enrolled in the Evening MBA program, 25 in the Executive MBA program, 28 students in the Professional MBA program, and 13 in the MBA/MIT dual degree program.

MBA Degrees

The Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business offers an Evening MBA, Executive MBA, Professional MBA, and an MBA/MIT dual degree.

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