AMHERST, Mass. – The Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst again has received top honors in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Business Programs with a ranking of 27th overall, and 23rd amongst public universities. There were 172 schools ranked by the publication.
The Isenberg Online MBA was also ranked in the top 20 for student engagement. This score indicates that students have ample opportunities to interact with their instructors and fellow classmates and their instructors are not only accessible and responsive, but they create a rewarding learning experience within the online learning format. Online graduate business programs are ranked on student engagement and a number of other criteria, including admissions selectivity, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training and peer reputation.
“We are proud to have an AACSB-accredited, 100-percent online MBA program that has been operating longer than most online graduate programs in the U.S. — over 12 years,” says John Wells, associate dean of professional programs. “Our professors are not new to online learning. They have deep experience helping professionals get the best graduate business education possible and these new rankings reflect our commitment to online learning.”
Although this is only the second year that U.S. News & World Report has been ranking online graduate business programs, the Isenberg School has been consistently ranked by the magazine for its Full-Time MBA and Part-Time MBA programs. In 2013, the Isenberg Full-Time MBA was 51st overall, 26th among public universities and the Part-Time MBA was 22nd overall, 13th among public universities.
This year U.S. News & World Report changed the methodologies significantly to incorporate additional data. For the first time, all six rankings include peer review data based on schools’ evaluations of each other. In the 2014 rankings, peer reviews from other business schools ranked Isenberg 11th in the nation.
Mark A. Fuller, dean of the Isenberg School of Management, is encouraged by the increased attention on online program rankings: “We’re glad that U.S. News is taking the same rigorous approach to ranking online education as they have for their traditional bricks-and-mortar colleges. Here at the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts, we’ve been investing in online education for over a decade and it’s great to be recognized for our success.”