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        Harbert College of Business online programs among the nation's best in U.S. News & World Report annual survey

        January 26, 2021 By Gregg Bass

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        The Harbert College of Business has more than 30 years of experience providing distance learning to graduate students across the nation. Longevity and expertise in this space have led to its online programs being consistently recognized among the nation’s best by various rankings organizations.

        Today, U.S. News & World Report released its 2021 survey of the nation’s best online programs and the Harbert College was again named among the top 20 Best Online MBA Programs, Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans and Best Online Graduate Business Programs. Two Harbert programs were recognized within the top 10—Online Finance MBA and Online Business Analytics MBA .


        “In this dynamic and ever evolving online program space, few colleges have such a strong foundation and history of program development and recognized excellence in graduate online programs. We are honored to have our programs again be recognized U.S. News & World Report”, said Harbert College of Business Dean Annette L. Ranft. “Our programs continue to grow through continued efforts of our faculty, staff and support from our alumni and our many business partners.”


        The Harbert College of Business is recognized as a leading institution for online programs.

        Harbert College online programs have consistently been ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s top 20 since 2013. During that same period, enrollment in Harbert College online programs has increased by more than 200 percent, with 2020 marking a record number of online graduate students.

        “Our enrollment growth speaks directly to the quality of our online programs and their value to students,” said Stan Harris, Associate Dean of Graduate and International Programs. “Our outstanding students chose Auburn’s Harbert College of Business after careful consideration of multiple alternatives. Any comparison makes it clear that our programs offer high quality, unparalleled scheduling and pacing flexibility, and convenience at a competitive price point. This combination provides students with an outstanding value proposition and quick return on their investment of time, effort, and money.”

        U.S. News & World Report assesses both statistical data and peer assessment surveys in its review of the nation’s best online graduate programs. Surveys measure the quality and amount of student engagement with faculty and classmates, the aptitude of students enrolled, the strength of the online faculty, and the effectiveness of technology used to facilitate online learning.

        Harbert College uses the latest in educational technology to deliver online instruction. Students learn by accessing studio produced lectures or participating in streaming live classroom instruction. Classrooms are equipped with audiovisual technology that enables student engagement.

        “The Harbert College continues to be a destination school. We can see that from the increase in enrollment and newly minted Auburn MBA graduates,” said Jim Parrish, Executive Director of Auburn Graduate Business Programs. “Our dedicated team of faculty and professional staff continue to exceed expectations in their care and support for our students and continue the tradition of welcoming new Auburn Family members with open arms.”

        Harbert College MBA programs have received other recent recognitions including Poets & Quant’s Best Online MBA Programs of 2021 and The Princeton Review’s Top 25 Online MBA Programs.

        About the Harbert College of Business

        The Raymond J. Harbert College of Business at Auburn University is a nationally ranked hub of undergraduate, graduate and continuing business education that is inspiring the next generation of business leaders. Our world-class faculty deliver unparalleled academic rigor in the classroom, while our research-driven scholarship advances thought leadership and best practice in emerging business disciplines. Our alumni, friends, and corporate partners actively support and engage our faculty and students to integrate business theory with practical experience and instill the level of professional proficiency and personal integrity demanded by employers around the globe. Learn more at