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ASU Online programs among top ranked in the country

Master's of business degree is rated second-best in annual U.S. News & World Report list

January 09, 2018

The online master’s degree from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University has been ranked second best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, earning a score of 98 out of 100.

The program moved up one spot, having ranked third in 2017.

In addition, the online MBA was ranked fifth in the country with a score of 89, the same as last year.

This is the fifth consecutive year that online programs at the W. P. Carey School of Business rank among the top 5 best programs in the nation. The list was released Tuesday.

U.S. News & World Report provides several higher-education rankings throughout the year, most recently rating ASU as the most innovative university for the third year in a row.

Other 2018 online program rankings for ASU were:

  • bachelor’s degree, fourth in nation for the second year in a row, although ASU’s score improved from 92 in 2017 to 95 this year
  • master’s degree in criminal justice, fifth in the country with a score of 89, the same ranking as last year
  • master’s degree in engineering, 11th with a score of 83, up from 13th last year with a score of 71
  • master’s degree in education, 36th, up from 40th last year

The top online non-MBA business master’s degree program this year was Villanova University. ASU tied for second place with Indiana University.

The magazine scored its “Best Online Business Program” based on five categories: student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.

“One element of our online graduate programs that sets us apart is that students take the same classes from the same faculty as they would in our on-campus programs," said Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business who also holds the Rusty Lyon Chair in Strategy.

“We began offering online degrees in the early 2000s, long before it was as widely accepted as it is now. So we know from experience how to deliver great content to students and offer a flexible degree that will ultimately help them take that next step in their careers.”

The new rankings cover the W. P. Carey School’s popular online MBA program, online Master of Science in Information Management program, and online Master of Science in Business Analytics.

“The ‘business is personal’ notion is more than just a tagline at the W. P. Carey School. While in our programs, the staff and faculty create community within and among our graduate programs to ensure that students have dedicated support staff for things like financial planning, student services, academic support and close connections to their faculty and peer students,” said Stephen Taylor, assistant dean of graduate programs.

“Upon graduation, our students become part of one of the nation’s largest graduate business alumni associations, allowing students to strengthen the value of their degree through mentoring programs and continued involvement in the school.”

All of the school’s online graduate programs include small class sizes and easy-to-use online-learning technologies.

Almost 27,000 students are enrolled in one of 150 ASU Online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The average age of ASU Online students is 30, and range from age 22 to 60.

The magazine’s top online bachelor’s program was Ohio State University, with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Temple University tied for second place.

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