AMHERST, Mass. – The Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is ranked No. 9 in the Financial Times ranking of all online MBA programs worldwide. This is the second time Isenberg has been ranked by the Financial Times, up from the No. 11 position in 2015. The Isenberg Online MBA has also recently been ranked No. 12 by U.S. News & World Report 2016.
Isenberg is one of the oldest accredited online MBA programs in the United States with nearly 1,300 enrolled students. “Not every program can effectively engage students with an accredited and rigorous curriculum in an online format,” says Mark A. Fuller, dean of the Isenberg School of Management. “That’s what sets us apart: exceptional faculty and staff with over 13 years of experience helping working professionals to earn a graduate degree without having to visit a classroom.”
Data for the rankings are collected from participating schools and by alumni who graduated from the program in 2012. Alumni responses inform eight ranking criteria such as “salary today” and “program delivery.” The full rankings, released this week, are published at http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/rankings.
In breaking down the details of the survey, Financial Times ranks Isenberg 5th worldwide on the metric “salary today,” with alumni survey participants reporting $131,796 average salary three years after graduation, and No. 3 worldwide on “program delivery rank” which covers the extent to which alumni rate the online delivery of live teaching sessions, other teaching materials and online exams.
“The interactions between our students and our faculty makes us different,” says John Wells, associate dean of professional programs. “Our entire program—from the online interface to our dedicated advisors—is designed to help our students get the most out of our curriculum and each other.”