UND online MBA program ranked among the best


David L. Dodds

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College of Business & Public Administration


College of Business & Public Administration offering comes in at No. 13 in Princeton Review’s Top 25 list; UNC-Chapel Hill is No. 1

The University of North Dakota College of Business & Public Administration’s (CoBPA) online Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program has been ranked one of the best by The Princeton Review , which released its first-ever compilations of best b-school MBA programs this week.

The list – which names the top 25 schools – is the first comprehensive ranking of online MBAs based on both surveys of administrators at the schools and of students attending the online MBA programs. UND CoBPA is ranked No. 13 on the list.

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on surveys of 80 institutions offering online MBAs and of about 2,000 students enrolled in the online MBAs, plus graduates of the online programs. Data points were weighted in more than 60 unique fields to tally the final list. Criteria focused on five areas: academics, selectivity, faculty, technical platforms and career outcomes.

“We are gratified that the hard work our faculty and staff have devoted to the students’ online learning experiences is being recognized by the Princeton Review,” said Margaret Williams, dean of UND’s CoBPA. “We are one of a few programs with a synchronous format and our students appreciate the opportunity to interact in a ‘classroom-like’ environment from wherever they happen to be located.”

The Princeton Review's website features advice for applicants to the online MBAs and in-depth profiles of the schools. In the UND CoBPA profile, the Princeton Review quotes students enrolled in its online MBA program. Here is a sample of what they said, “the accounting, finance, and management classes in the UND MBA program are [its] greatest strength and have given me additional tools to incorporate into my career.”

Indeed, these areas draw high regard from many UND students, as do skills built in human resources and marketing. Students also report strong short-term and very strong long-term optimism about the degree’s positive impact on the future of their careers, as well as high general satisfaction with their decision to invest in a UND CoBPA MBA.

"We strongly recommend the University of North Dakota as an outstanding choice for anyone considering an online MBA," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior VP/publisher. "Its program is exceptionally strong both academically and in the many ways it maximizes technology that enables students to interact with and learn from its superlative faculty and students all over the world."

The Princeton Review has published an annual Best Business Schools guide for 20 years, and, since 2005 included 11 categories of b-school ranking lists (largely based on student surveys) in that publication.

The company is also known for its annual rankings of graduate and undergraduate schools offering the best programs for entrepreneurship studies, and its annual rankings of colleges in dozens of categories it reports in its books, The Best 379 Colleges , and Colleges That Pay You Back .

The Princeton Review's Top 25 Online MBA Programs 2015 are:

1. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2. Indiana University-Bloomington

3. IE University (Madrid, Spain)

4. Arizona State University (Tempe)

5. Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)

6. University of Florida (Gainesville)

7. Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

8. Thunderbird School of Global Management (Glendale, AZ)

9. The University of Texas at Dallas

10. Northeastern University (Boston)

11. James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA)

12. Auburn University (AL)

13. The University of North Dakota

14. University of North Texas (Denton)

15. Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY)

16. The University of South Dakota (Vermillion)

17. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

18. Syracuse University (NY)

19. The George Washington University (DC)

20. North Carolina State University (Raleigh)

21. University of West Georgia (Carrolton)

22. State University of New York-Oswego

23. University of Memphis (TN)

24. University of Nevada, Reno

25. Washington State University (Pullman)

About the CoBPA:

With more than 1,800 undergraduate and 250 graduate students enrolled, CoBPA currently is the third largest UND school or college. The CoBPA has a School of Entrepreneurship and six departments with 16 undergraduate programs and four graduate programs. It offers three complete graduate degrees at a distance, the Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration and Masters of Science in Applied Economics.

The CoBPA also has concentrated on career development support for students through the Pancratz Career Development Center, and on experiential “hands on” learning activities through internships, co-ops, the Dakota Venture Group (DVG) and the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF). The College maintains successful accreditation status for all business programs through AACSB International, public administration through NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration) and technology through ATMAE (Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering) and the ASBDC(Association of Small Business Development Centers).

About The Princeton Review:

The Princeton Review is a leading test preparation, tutoring, and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Natick, Mass., and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI). For more information, visit www.princetonreview.com and www.facebook.com/ThePrincetonReview. Follow the company's Twitter feed @ThePrincetonRev