SU’s online MBA
program is named in top 100 by U.S. News
Shippensburg University’s online master’s degree program in
business administration was named this week by U.S. News & World Report as
one of the top 100 distance education MBA programs in the country.
The “2015 Best Online MBA Programs” ranking, published Jan.
7, lists Shippensburg’s program in the John L. Grove College of Business as
97th in the nation. This is the first time U.S. News conducted a ranking of
distance education MBA programs.
“Being listed in the top 100 online MBA programs in the country
by U.S. News & World Report is another testament to our commitment to
provide a high-quality, high-value MBA program,” said Dr. John Kooti, dean of the
Grove College of Business. “The online MBA program is the most recently added
track in the college, and its success illustrates our commitment to excellence
in providing the best and most flexible graduate program to serve the needs of
U.S. News noted that it previously combined all online
business master’s programs, including MBAs, in one ranking. This year, the
publication evaluated online MBA programs separately from other programs such
as finance and management.
“Master’s degree programs in business administration have a
greater enrollment by far than any other type of graduate business degree
program. Prospective students often narrow their research exclusively to
programs that award MBAs,” U.S. News said in announcing the ranking. “To aid
their efforts, U.S. News has published its first ranking of distance education
In addition, “the scoring for the new ranking places greater
weight on reputation and admissions selectivity because online MBA programs are
collectively more likely than non-MBA business degree programs to emphasize the
importance of those two factors,” U.S. News said.
Schools’ ranks are based on five general categories: student
engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and
training, and student services and technology. The first three carry more
importance than the others.
SU launched its online MBA program in fall 2012. Students
can complete it on either a full-time or part-time basis. Students also have
the option of pursuing an MBA full time or part time by taking classes on
at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, in
York and in East Stroudsburg.