The past two months have been full of news in the online MBA world. We have seen additions of a new online dual MBA program, multiple expanded online MBA programs, and the newest online rankings for 2016 from US News & World Report. Look over the new programs and the new ranking to help you on your quest for finding your online MBA.
US News & World Report
US News & World released their new online rankings for 2016 on January 12th. These rankings include online bachelor’s degrees, program specific online master’s degrees, including an online MBA program ranking. U.S. News offers prospective students an analytically rigorous ranking based on data specific to the distance program by a specific school, and not solely based upon its traditional business school’s overall reputation. Non-MBA graduate business degrees, in areas such as finance, marketing and management, have been assessed separately for different rankings.
US News & World Report meticulously explains their methodology for this ranking to public. For the 2016 edition, U.S. News ranked online MBA programs using five categories: Student engagement at 28%, Admissions selectivity at 25%, Peer reputation at 25%, Faculty credentials and training at 11%, and Student services and technology at 11%. Temple University’s Fox School of Business tops the list at #1, followed by Indiana University-Bloomington’s Kelley School of Business, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School at #2 and #3 respectively.
New Dual Program
California University of Pennsylvania
California University of Pennsylvania now offers a 100% online MSN-MBA Dual Degree program. This program is designed to prepare nurse leaders for middle management in nursing and other areas of practice, including chief nurse officer, other healthcare administrative positions, and entrepreneurial ventures. This program allows students to graduate with both degrees with only 54 credits instead of the 81 credits required if the MSN and MBA programs were taken separately. The courses in the MSN-MBA program are taught by the qualified faculty from the Departments of Nursing and Business & Economics.
California University of Pennsylvania is a four-year, public university located in California, Pennsylvania. They were founded in 1852, and today offer over 100 undergraduate majors and concentrations and 50 graduate programs, through four academic schools and colleges, to over 7,500 students. The university is one of 14 schools in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale’s College of Business and College of Agricultural Sciences is collaborating to bring MBA students a new concentration called Agribusiness Economics. This 23-month, AACSB-accredited program is designed to prepare gradates for the unique management challenges in food and agribusiness firms. SIU-Carbondale also offers a 30-33-credit hour Master of Science in Agribusiness Economics. But the MS degree is only offered on-campus. The advantage of the MBA is the online accessibility as well as the education from highly acclaimed and accredited College of Business as SIU-Carbondale.
SIU-Carbondale, located in Carbondale, Illinois, was founded in 1869 as the state’s second teachers college. Today, they are one of the most comprehensive public universities in the state. SIU Carbondale is comprised of 11 schools and colleges and educates over 17,000 students every year. The university is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
University of Texas at Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler now offers a Marketing Concentration in their accelerated online Master of Business Administration. This 36-credit hour, AACSB-accredited MBA can be completed in as little as 12 months with no on-campus requirement. This program is focused on business-to-consumer and business-to-business marketing in sectors such as healthcare, telecommunications, hospitality and travel, and professional services. This new marketing concentration joins UT Tyler’s other successful accelerated online MBA concentration, the MBA in Healthcare Management.
UT-Tyler was founded in 1971 and is one of the 14 campuses of the greater UT System. The Tyler campus is a four-year, public school that alone offers more than 75 undergraduate and graduate degrees, and has an enrollment of more than 8,500 students. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Campbellsville University announced mid-January the addition of a new Accounting track in their online Master of Business Administration. This 36-credit hour, IACBE-accredited program offers MBA students the credits they need to sit for the CPA exam, while gaining a deep understanding of fundamental accounting principles and ethics. This new accounting specializations is added to its other six specializations: Church Management, Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management, Information Technology, International Business, and Marketing.
Campbellsville University is a four-year, private, nonprofit, Christian school nestled in Campbellsville, Kentucky. Campbellsville was founded in 1906, and today offers over 80 programs of study including 24 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas, and eight pre-professional programs to over 3,000 students annually. The university is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.