Southeast Online MBA Ranked Among Top 50 by Affordable Colleges Online



ACO-MBA 2015CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 4, 2015 – Southeast Missouri State University’s online MBA Program has been ranked among the nation’s top 50 programs by Affordable Colleges Online (ACO).

“Southeast’s online MBA has been recognized repeatedly as one of the most affordable online MBA degrees offered nationally by an AACSB accredited college of business,” said Dr. Allen Gathman, dean of Online Learning and director of the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning at Southeast. “This program draws students from all over the country because of its combination of reasonable cost, accreditation, academic rigor and convenience.”

Southeast’s graduate business programs are accredited by AACSB, the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation and the Network of International Business Schools.

Dr. Kenneth Heischmidt, director of graduate programs in Southeast’s Harrison College of Business, said, “The top 50 ranking of the MBA program at Southeast Missouri State University is a reflection of the evaluation by others of the quality of our graduate programs. The quality assurance measures and actions by our business college have contributed to AACSB accreditation, the most prestigious measure of quality for business programs. For students, they can be assured of a top-rated education at a very affordable price.”

Students enrolled in Southeast’s online MBA program may choose from concentrations in general management, sports management or entrepreneurship, each offering classes occurring entirely online.

Affordable College Online underscored Southeast’s emphasis on applied research projects. Southeast online MBA students take classes in research methods, decision making, marketing and cost management, among others, and students who do not have undergraduate degrees in business but want to earn their MBA degree can take the required foundation courses online as well.

ACO is an emerging expert in online learning and college affordability. Its latest ranking of the Best Online MBA Programs for 2015 included schools offering affordable, supportive programming combined with the flexibility and customization of distance learning. The organization helps students find affordable college options and provides information about financial aid and college rankings.

The rankings are based on analyses of every online MBA program in the nation by cost, supportive services, student teacher ratio and accreditation to determine which schools stand on top. ACO collected and analyzed data from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the schools themselves. Programs were ranked on qualitative and quantitative data and their impact on online MBA students. Average GMAT scores, percentages of full-time faculty with a doctoral degree and the percentage of international students also were used.

“When it comes to online learning, these schools are at the top of their game,” said Dan Schuessler, founder and CEO of Affordable Colleges Online. “They appeal to prospective business students and working professionals because they provide the same academic excellence in their online programs as their campus courses.

“As the demand for distance learning continues to rise, we’re seeing more and more institutions incorporate online learning into their curricula,” said Schuessler. “We want to recognize these schools for their drive for innovation in higher education and their success in expanding their high-quality programs to the online learning environment.”

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