October has been a big month in the Online MBA world. We are half-way through the fall semester and we are witnessing new programs being announced, online MBA programs getting elite accreditation, and two prestigious MBA ranking systems have published new rankings. This News in Review proudly highlights The Economist, Get Educated, Henderson State University, The University of Dayton, and Dakota Wesleyan University.
Enjoy the latest news for Online MBAs!
Among much commentary, The Economist published their new Full-time MBA ranking on their website this month. This year's ranking lists The University of Chicago in the number one spot, followed by Northwestern University and the University of Virginia as number two and three respectively. The list tends to widely vary from year to year and a great article examining the methodology can be seen on Poets & Quants. Even thought this ranking features full-time programs, it is notable because high rankings within a business school can directly affect a school brand, and thus an MBA brand within. The top schools in the Economist's ranking that offers an online/distance MBA are:
The Economist is a worldwide current affairs publication. They started in the 1940s as a newspaper in London, England. Today, The Economist has offices in New York, London, and San Francisco. They cover political, business, science & technology, and cultural news from around the world in their print addition, as well as online.
Get Educated, a consumer group of rankings and reviews, published their annual Best Buy Ranking of AACSB-Accredited Online MBA Programs. This ranking is based on surveys of more than 100 universities offering over 180 online MBA programs. The MBA costs span from $6,558 to over $104,000. Get Educated ranks Fayetteville State University at number one, followed by Missouri State University and Southern Arkansas University at number two and three respectively.
Get Educated was founded in 1989 with a mission to help consumers make informed choices. They are an education resource that provides unbiased research on online degrees, certificates, and trainings. Their rankings are specifically focused on affordability and credibility.
New Online MBA Program
Henderson State University – Arkadelphia, Arkansas
The Henderson State University School of Business announced that their popular and affordable MBA program is now offered in a fully online format. This 30-credit hour program holds the elite business accreditation from AACSB-International. The MBA is very flexible, offering students to complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis, and in as little as one year. Students can choose to pursue a General Management MBA or concentration in Accounting or Public Management.
Henderson State University was founded over 125 years ago in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. It is a four-year, public university that offers 49 undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs, through five schools, to over 3,500 students. The university is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
University of Dayton – Dayton, Ohio
The University of Dayton School of Business Administration just announced a new partnership with 2U Inc. to bring a new online Master of Business Administration. They are planning a rigorous curriculum with two formats, a 48-credit hour general MBA and a 30-credit hour Advanced Standing MBA for experienced professionals. Both programs are planning to focus on online delivery with minimal residency immersions. The Dayton Online MBA is expected to start Fall 2017.
The University of Dayton is a four-year, private, nonprofit, Catholic university that was founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary. They offer over 130 undergraduate and graduate programs, through five schools and colleges, to over 11,2000 students every year. The university is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Newly Accredited Program
Dakota Wesleyan University – Mitchell, South Dakota
Dakota Wesleyan University proudly announced their new business accreditation granted from IACBE for their online MBA program. This rigorous business accreditation is focused on mission-driven outcomes and gives testimony that the DWU online MBA program reaches high education standards and produces exceptional outcomes. This 36-credit hour program is designed for small and medium-sized business leaders in the region with an entrepreneurial and strategic leadership slant in the curriculum.
Dakota Wesleyan University is a four-year, private, nonprofit university that was established in 1885. They offer over 40 undergraduate and graduate programs to a student body of almost 1,000 students. The university is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission.