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Penn State Online MBA No. 9 in U.S. News' Best Online Programs rankings

January 17, 2019

Best Online Programs U.S. News World & Report RankingsThree years in the top 10

The Penn State Online MBA tied for No. 9 overall in U.S. News’ 2019 Best Online Programs rankings, released Jan. 15, up one spot from the previous year.

The AACSB-accredited program, led by the internationally ranked Penn State Smeal College of Business and delivered online through Penn State World Campus, earned high scores in multiple categories such as the preparedness of qualified instructors teaching remotely (96) and student satisfaction and instructor responsiveness (85), with the maximum possible value of 100.

“We are very pleased to be recognized in the top 10 and look forward to another exciting year ahead,” said Stacey Dorang Peeler, Penn State Online MBA managing director. “It is continually energizing to work with both our fantastic students and our top-notch team who strive to deliver an engaging, student-centered experience.”

For the third straight year, Penn State is the most recognized among hundreds of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings of the country’s top online degree programs.

“Being recognized among the best in the country is something our faculty, staff and academic leaders from across our University strive to achieve,” said Renata Engel, vice provost for online education at Penn State. “It reflects our commitment to provide learners the high-quality, engaged educational experiences they need to fulfill their lives and advance their careers.”

U.S. News developed its online MBA programs rankings using five weighted categories: engagement (28 percent); student excellence (25 percent); expert opinion (25 percent); faculty credentials and training (11 percent); and student services and technologies (11 percent). Rankings were calculated based on statistical surveys submitted by colleges and universities as well as data collected in a separate peer reputation survey.

U.S. News also ranked Penn State Online MBA No. 5 in its Best Online Programs for Veterans lists. Those rankings are based on the same factors as its Best Online Programs rankings in addition to an institution’s ability to make college more affordable through the GI Bill or other grant-in-aid programs designed for military students.  

The Penn State Online MBA is a 48-credit program that offers flexibility and the ability to customize in concentrations such as business analytics, finance, project management, supply chain management, and more.  

The standard application deadline for summer 2019 enrollment is Feb. 15, and the early application deadline for fall 2019 admission is March 1.

Visit the Penn State World Campus website to learn more about the Smeal-led Penn State Online MBA.

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