To be considered, schools must be ranked in the top 75 percent of U.S. News’ 2015 “Best Online MBA Program” survey (Auburn University is ranked No. 10) and be approved for the GI Bill. Eligible schools must also either participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program or offer in-state tuition to any veteran.
“We are proud to be able to offer a program that accommodates the busy lives of our active duty students and our military veterans,” Harbert College Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs Stan Harris said. “Our goal is to give them learning opportunities today that they can apply in the real world tomorrow.”
Auburn’s MBA program has served distance students since 1990. Twenty-five years ago, lectures were mailed to students on VHS; now, the MBA program utilizes innovative technology to provide students with the quality of a traditional brick-and-mortar education and the convenience to learn wherever in the world they are.
“We have served students in missile silos, submarines, and deployed throughout the world. For almost 25 years, we have been honored to serve and facilitate the learning goals of both active military and veterans, and we look forward to continue doing so,” says Harris.
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Paul Homsher, who is currently enrolled in the MBA program, believes Auburn’s program stands out because “Auburn allows its students to watch lectures on their own time while still receiving the professional learning environment of traditional institutions. [They] do a fantastic job of capturing the entire lesson, teacher's notes and all. I feel just as much a member of each classroom as the students physically there.”
Homsher recently deployed to the Middle East but was able to continue his pursuit of higher education. “Auburn's distance program allowed me to continue classes with near seamless transition,” he said. “It took me about a month to get back on schedule with all the travel, but the program made it possible.”
In its assessment of military-friendly MBA programs, U.S. News gathered data from 119 colleges of business.