Isenberg Ranked No. 1 for MBA Online Education in the United States for Fourth Year in a Row

In the annual Financial Times initiative, the UMass Amherst program also maintains its No. 3 ranking worldwide and ranks No. 1 for salary increases as a result of the degree
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AMHERST, Mass. – For the fourth year in a row, the Online MBA offered by the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst topped the rankings of U.S. programs—and came out number three in the world—in the “Financial Times” survey.

Isenberg has offered an AACSB-accredited MBA degree program entirely online since 2001, making it one of the most well-established and robust online degrees in the country. Currently, more than 1,100 students are enrolled in the program.

“Isenberg’s pioneering online MBA program is an outstanding representation of a flexible, cutting-edge graduate degree,” said UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. “Online education has become an essential part of any major university’s offerings, and the success of Isenberg’s MBA program is a great example of how such degrees can serve students from a variety of professional backgrounds and geographical locations on their own schedules.”

In addition to its overall position in the 2020 Financial Times ranking, the Isenberg Online MBA also stood out in a number of data areas, based on information collected by the publication from members of the 2016 graduating class:

  • #1 in the world for salary increase, with alumni reporting that they earn 46% more now than they did when they graduated from the Isenberg MBA program
  • #2 in the United states for average current salary ($168,046)
  • #1 in the United States for value

“The Online MBA was a revolutionary idea when the school created the program almost two decades ago,” said Isenberg Dean Anne Massey. “It’s thrilling to see the repeated recognition the degree has received from the Financial Times, confirming again that our investments in faculty, curriculum, and technology support a program that’s known to be a game-changer for mid-career professionals.”

The Isenberg Online MBA program offers an expansive course of study, from business analytics, finance, and health care administration to marketing and sport management. Isenberg students from all 50 states and around the globe include physicians, attorneys, entrepreneurs, C-suite executives, and scientists.

About the Isenberg School of Management

The Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has one of New England’s top-ranked public business school undergraduate programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1947, Isenberg is AACSB accredited and has 3,800 undergraduates majoring in seven business disciplines, ranging from accounting and marketing to sport and hospitality and tourism management. More than 1,500 students are enrolled in nationally and internationally recognized on-campus and online graduate programs. The school’s 48,000 alumni live and work in more than 80 countries, and many of them serve as mentors, guest lecturers, and network connectors for Isenberg.

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