Nationally Ranked


Kate Menzies

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College of Business & Public Administration


The College of Business and Public Administration (CoBPA) is proud to announce the 2017 rankings of a U.S. News & World Report Survey, which placed both the UND MBA and MSAE programs in the top 50 online graduate programs nationwide.

The online MBA program was ranked 29th in the nation, which is an improvement from last year where the program ranked 31 st. The online MSAE program was ranked 43 rd in the nation for the 2017 year. Both of these programs are accredited by AACSB International. Accreditation from AACSB is a significant accomplishment, affirming high program standards, strong faculty qualifications, and active research programs.

MBA program director, Dr. Patrick Schultz, is very pleased with the ranking results, emphasizing that the program’s hybrid technology differentiates it from others in the nation.

“Our program is distinctive from others due to our synchronous technology, which allows distance students to engage with their campus peers and professors. This ultimately leads distance students to make greater connections to the program,” said Schultz.

Schultz stressed that improvement is always something to strive for, noting that faculty commitment has led to a complete redesign of the program. This newly enhanced program is set to take effect in the fall 2017 semester and will place a greater emphasis on skills such as data analytics, team building, and written/verbal communication. Schultz explained that these practical skills are becoming more highly demanded from the business industry.

MSAE program director, Dr. Chih Ming Tan, believes that the recent rankings demonstrate the program’s continual commitment to student success and achievement.

“We do our very best to maintain a rigorous program, which teaches relevant data analytics skills informed by perspectives from economics. Our belief is that by delivering the best possible program to students we can enhance retention, enrollment, and the educational outcomes of students,” said Tan.

Regardless of the current rankings, Tan argues that “there is always more that we can do.” To improve rankings, Tan plans to seek continual improvements in curriculum development and technological collaboration.

Affordability, technology integration, and faculty qualifications are just a few of the selling points for UND’s MBA and MSAE programs. With these new rankings in tow, the programs hope to attract more students and continuously work their way to the top.