NC State’s professional online MBA program has been ranked 36th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, moving up from 42nd place last year. The good news comes on the heels of Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s top-20 ranking of the face-to-face professional MBA program.
“The U.S. News ranking marks the second time in several months that our focused and consistent attention to our MBA program has been recognized by top publications,” said Ira Weiss, dean of the Poole College of Management.
“Since we admitted our first class of online MBA students in 2011, we have been blown away by the caliber, diversity and active engagement of our professional students,” said Steve Allen, associate dean for graduate programs and research.
“Our online MBA students get the full NC State Jenkins MBA experience – but with the flexibility that our anytime, anywhere online platform affords,” Allen added. “Graduates in our most recent class who reported salary data indicated an average 21 percent salary increase from the time they began the program two years prior.”
More than half of this year’s ranking was based on the level of student engagement and admissions selectivity. NC State’s program scored among the highest in the ranking with an 88, indicating high student quality. Also measured are peer reputation, faculty credentials and student services.
NC State is currently accepting applications for the professional online MBA program starting in fall 2014. For more information, visit http://www.mba.ncsu.edu. The MBA, offered through the Jenkins Graduate School of Management comes in three formats: full-time, profession and professional online.