Affordable Colleges Online Ranks Southeast’s Online MBA Among Nation’s Top 50


best-online-mba-programsSoutheast Missouri State University’s online MBA program has been ranked this week among the nation’s top 50 online programs by Affordable Colleges Online (ACO).

“Southeast’s online MBA program has been repeatedly recognized and highly ranked because we provide affordable and competitive accredited degrees,” 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 our online courses are fully embedded in the programs and faculty on campus, and students receive the same high quality and academic rigor as traditional students.”

The rankings are based on analyses of every online MBA program in the nation by cost, supportive services, student teacher ratio and accreditation. ACO collected and analyzed data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and the schools themselves. Programs were ranked on in-state tuition and fees for graduate students, student-to-faculty ratio, average GMAT score of accepted MBA students, average GPA score of accepted MBA students, the number of programs available, and availability of student employment services.

Southeast’s graduate business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), an honor held by only 20 percent of colleges in the country, as well as the Commission of Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) and the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS).

Students are also drawn to Southeast’s online MBA program because of the recent launch this fall of new tuition rate for students enrolled in online only degree programs. Regardless of residency, students enrolled in online only degree programs at Southeast are now charged $325 per credit hour for online graduate courses, making the online MBA program now even more affordable for students, Gathman said.

“Southeast’s online program ranking as one of the top in the nation is a testament to the quality of our students and faculty,” said Dr. James Caldwell, director of graduate business studies in Southeast’s Harrison College of Business. “Our online degree benefits those who have become experts in their trade and now desire or are being groomed to step into leadership roles. The online format serves as a strategic tool for those whose schedules, location or time constraints prevent them from coming to campus. Through our online programs they can still gain the intimate high-quality educational experience at Southeast, earn their degree, and advance their career.”

Students enrolled in Southeast’s online MBA program may choose from concentrations in general management, sports management, entrepreneurship, and health administration, each offering classes occurring entirely online. Students earning their degrees online experience the same academic curriculum taught by the same faculty as on-campus students.

Students can gain real-world experience through applied research projects. Students who don’t have undergraduate degrees in business but want to earn their MBA degree can take the required foundation courses online as well.

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