Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business earned several top 10 rankings in U.S. News & World Report's review of 2017 Best Online Programs.
The college’s MBA and non-MBA programs earned No. 10 national rankings in the annual survey of the best online MBA and graduate business programs. Auburn’s non-MBA offerings include the online Master of Accountancy, Master of Science in Finance and Master of Science in Information Systems options.
Additionally, the college ranked No. 6 among Best Online MBA Program for Veterans. U.S News & World Report noted that veterans and active-duty service members gain the most from distance education that is affordable, accessible and reputable. The rankings measure these factors in consideration of financial benefits available specifically to people with military experience.
“Being ranked among the nation’s best graduate online business programs for four years running for our MBA and two years for our non-MBA programs speaks to the quality of Auburn’s graduate education experience,” said Stan Harris, Associate Dean of Graduate and International Programs. “We strive to create an immersive online classroom experience on par with the experience of our campus students. At the end of the day, we want our students to feel they are truly part of our world-class programs and a member of the Auburn family.”
U.S. News & World Report’s rankings are based on such factors as student engagement, admission selectivity, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology. More than 180 schools provided data for the online MBA survey, while the non-MBA rankings included 101 respondents.
In addition to its four consecutive top 10 rankings by U.S. News & World Report, the online MBA program has received national recognition from Poets & Quants, The Princeton Review and PayScale for its value, as well as the mid-career salaries of its graduates. The online Master of Accountancy program’s accolades include a No. 5 ranking from Accounting Degree Review.
“Our goal is to always deliver distance education at a high level, and to be consistently recognized is a great honor,” said Jim Parrish, Director of Campus and Online MBA Programs for the Harbert College. “The credit goes to the dedicated faculty and staff in the Harbert College of Business for their continued pursuit of excellence in creating a world class experience for our online MBA students.
“The Auburn online MBA features video of live campus classes that students watch live or later as their schedules allow. This innovative delivery method is the next best thing to sitting in the classroom and experiencing the back-and-forth discussion between professor and students.”
Auburn’s online MBA was first offered in 1989. Auburn was among the first universities to facilitate distance learning by recording live lectures for use by students.
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