The School of Management’s online graduate business programs climbed to the No. 4 spot in a newly released national ranking by U.S. News & World Report.
The school tied with the University of West Georgia in the 2014 Best Online Graduate Business Programs rankings released Wednesday. In the 2013 rankings, the Jindal School was No. 9.
The school’s online graduate programs are part of a range of traditional and distance learning options for students, many of whom are employed full time while earning their degrees, said Dr. Hasan Pirkul, Jindal School dean and Caruth Chair of Management.
“It is gratifying that our online business education programs are ranked among the top programs in the nation,” Pirkul said. “We are pleased to offer our students an exceptional experience in both our traditional and online programs.”
The rankings include programs provided completely online. The Jindal School offers an online MBA and online master’s degrees in accounting, information technology and management, and management and administrative sciences.
Dr. Larry Chasteen, director of Jindal School’s Professional MBA Online Program, said he was pleased with the new ranking.
“I think one of the main reasons for our high ranking is that we try to make our online program as much like our on-campus program as possible – same requirements, same courses, and most of the same faculty. I think students appreciate the rigor of our approach to online courses,” he said.
Dr. Monica Powell, the Jindal School’s associate dean of graduate programs, said online business programs add to the school’s longstanding reputation for quality classroom instruction. The Jindal School has more than 7,000 students in all of its programs.
“We are proud to be recognized for our top-notch online programs, which are providing students with new options in addition to our highly ranked traditional courses on campus,” she said.
U.S. News & World Report based the rankings on responses to a statistical questionnaire and peer assessments from 239 accredited public, private and for-profit institutions that offer an online master’s degree in business. This year, its ranking methodology put more emphasis on student engagement, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.
The publication changed its process for computing scores for the 2014 rankings, with the highest possible score of 100. UT Dallas earned a 92.
The top schools were:
1. Indiana University – Bloomington. Score: 100
2. Arizona State University. Score 98
3. University of Florida. Score 97
4. (tie) The University of Texas at Dallas. Score 92
4. (tie) The University of West Georgia. Score 92