U.S. News Ranks Online MBA among the Nation's Best

U.S. News & World Report ranks Penn State’s online master of business administration program the seventh-best in the nation, sharing a position with Carnegie Mellon University. U.S. News evaluated the programs using four criteria: faculty credentials, student engagement, admissions selectivity and student services and technology.

Approximately 400 universities offer online MBA programs. Penn State’s iMBA is taught primarily by faculty members at the Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend and is delivered worldwide by Penn State’s World Campus. The program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

“Penn State’s online iMBA program has prepared students for senior-level corporate positions for more than 15 years, and our nearly 900 successful graduates are a testament to the degree,” said Ashutosh Deshmukh, iMBA program chair and a professor of accounting at the Black School of Business. “We are very proud that the program, its faculty and students are being recognized this way.”

Professors from Penn State’s Harrisburg and Great Valley campuses and the Smeal College of Business also teach courses, which include in-depth residencies at prominent U.S. firms and at University Park. The residencies place students in consulting and decision-making roles, allowing them to use MBA skills to find solutions to real business problems.

“This is a great example of the ‘learning by doing’ focus of the Black School,” said Balaji Rajagopalan, director of the Black School of Business. “This type of recognition is only made possible by contributions from all stakeholders – students, faculty, staff, alumni, industry partners and the leadership at various levels.”