STATESBORO, GA (WTVM) - Georgia Southern University's Master of Business Administration (MBA) has been named one of the nation's Top Online MBA programs by M magazine (mbaonline.com), the number one online MBA magazine for students.
The University's online MBA was ranked 8th in the national rankings.
"Georgia Southern's MBA program is continuing to grow and our online degree program offers working professionals the flexibility to earn their degree no matter their location or family commitments," said Bill Wells, Ph.D., interim dean of Georgia Southern's College of Business Administration. "I am particularly proud of our outstanding professors who understand the demands of working professionals. They have designed the program to not only work with the busiest of schedules, but to help graduates take the next step in their career."
According to the publication, their rankings include a compilation of data students will find useful as they go through the program selection process.
One of the top criteria used to rank schools is the affordability of the education, including tuition rates and financial aid option. Affordability also boils down to how long it takes to complete a program and how many credits are required to earn a degree.
The value of the school may also be determined by additional benefits the school provides, such as student perks, program perks and alumni resources.
MBAonlnie.com also looks at reputation and prestige which takes into account accreditation and awards the school has received. The quality of the institution is determined by enrollment statistics, as well as retention and graduation rates.
Academic quality is of high importance and includes factors like the competitiveness of admission, design and efficiency of the online program and flexibility of coursework. Profiles of the faculty and diversity of the student body are also considered, as well as additional resources available to students beyond the virtual classroom.
The Georgia Southern University Online MBA is offered through the Georgia WebMBA program, a 30-hour program that appeals to professionals from a broad business background. In addition to being ranked among the nation's best, the magazine also noted that Georgia Southern is, "ranked at the top among regional schools with similar online MBA programs."
Georgia Southern University and all of its programs contained under the university's umbrella are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The College of Business has undergraduate and graduate accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only about 30 percent of all U.S. colleges of business have AACSB accreditation.
For more information on Georgia Southern's MBA programs, visit: www.georgiasouthern.edu/mba or call 912-478-5767.