January has ushered in the start of a new year and students, professors, and administrators are in full swing of the winter semester. The most buzz this past month in the online MBA world has been about the release of the prestigious Online MBA Ranking from US News and World Report. We have also seen a program expansion and a great article about advantages specific to an Online MBA program. This News in Review proudly highlights US News and World Report and Bryan College.
This month, we have also released our Top 50 Online Programs in Healthcare Management Ranking. For information about more programs, check out our Online MBA Rankings page!
Enjoy the latest news for Online MBAs!
US News & World Report
January is a notable month because it marks the annual release of US News & World Report's online rankings. On January 10th, US News published online rankings for bachelor's programs, MBA programs, and graduate programs in the field of business, computer information technology, criminal justice, education, engineering, and nursing. This year's Online MBA ranking includes data from 255 schools, up from 228 last year, and the methodology mimics last year's ranking. The data that contributed to this ranking was taken specifically for the distance MBA program, and vetted the following categories with the following weights: Student engagement (28%), Admissions selectivity (25%), Peer reputation (25%), Faculty credentials and training (11%), and Student services and technology (11%). For an in-depth look into the ranking and methodology last year, check out our Review of US News and World Report Online MBA Ranking. This 2017 ranking lists Temple University as #1, Carnegie Mellon University as #2, and Indiana University-Bloomington in the #3 slot.
US News dates back to 1933 as a weekly newspaper. Today, it is a multi-platform publisher of news and information in health, education, finance, and travel. In 2010 they started their ranking systems, and added the addition of online MBA programs around five years ago. Their rankings are notable because of their extensive data collection, breadth of schools, and high level of transparency.
Bryan College – Dayton, Tennessee
Bryan College, in Dayton, Tennessee, recently announced its online MBA program expansion to include two more specializations. This online MBA, which included specializations in Human Resources, Marketing, and Ministry; now includes specialized courses in Healthcare and Sports Management as well. This program is delivered in a 100% online, accelerated format and allows students to finish the degree in as little as 18 months. The curriculum holds a prestigious IACBE accreditation and focuses on leadership formation, service commitment, technological competence, and global issues.
Bryan College is a four-year, private, nonprofit university. They offer associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees to an intimate student body of almost 1,500 students. The university is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.
US News & World Report
US News and World Report just release an article titled, "5 Things to Expect From Your Online MBA Classmates." This article explores the exciting intricacies of an online MBA that have shown to be a huge attribute to students. While some professionals are still getting over the stigma that a student might only choose an online program because they cannot attend an on-campus program, this article shows that an online MBA has many attributes that are different from its on-campus counterpart.
This article goes into great detail about some of the top benefits of an online MBA and the student interaction within. US News specifically reports about how the diversity in fields and business perspectives of classmates and the experience in virtual collaboration is a huge advantage. Interviewed students comment on how the richness of discussion and the expanded network has been a huge benefit.