Whitman’s iMBA Program Ranked 39th by U.S. News & World Report
The online MBA (iMBA) program in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management has been ranked #39 in U.S. News & World Report’s publication of the 2014 Best Online Business Programs, released Jan. 8. The rankings include 169 programs from more than 230 regionally accredited institutions nationwide that offer online master’s degree business programs.
The full rankings are available at http://www.usnews.com/online.
For the rankings, U.S. News gathered, between July and September 2013, statistical information on student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. Complementing the statistical data was a separate peer reputation survey administered for U.S. News by Ipsos Public Affairs, a market research firm. Deans of business schools with online graduate programs and top distance-learning higher education academics were mailed postcards with links to online peer reputation surveys.
According to U.S. News, their process for computing overall scores underwent a “significant change” for the 2014 rankings. For more detail on how and what information was collected and how it was used to calculate the rankings, visit http://www.usnews.com/onlinemeth.
Last August, OnlineMBA.com ranked Whitman’s iMBA program #14 in its list of top 20 online MBA programs. Earlier in the year, the iMBA program was ranked #13 by Poets & Quants.
The iMBA is Whitman’s distance-learning, part-time program for professionals and executives. Launched in 1977, the program has grown to more than 240 current students and 900 alumni worldwide. Students attend five-day residencies on the SU campus each semester and complete their coursework online.
The program also provides international residencies as a learning component. This year, students will travel to Shanghai to study the nature and importance of China’s financial system to the global economy and to Dublin, Ireland, to study strategic management.