Lerner College Ranks Among Top Online MBA Programs by Poets & Quants, The Princeton Review - Lerner - University of Delaware
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By Kevin Tritt March 21, 2023

The Online MBA program at the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics has recently been ranked among the top 40 in the nation by a pair of highly acclaimed publications.

Lerner’s Online MBA program moved up seven spots to 40th in the latest Poets & Quants rankings announced in December, and vaulted nine spots to 27th in the recently released The Princeton Review rankings.

“There are now over 350 accredited Online MBA programs. It speaks to the high standards of the Lerner program that it moved up seven positions to 40th in Poets & Quants’ 2023 ranking and improved nine spots to 27th by The Princeton Review,” said Bruce Weber, dean of UD’s Lerner College.

“While an integrative, cross-functional program such as the Lerner MBA cannot be boiled down to a number, we are pleased that the methodologies used capture the unique attributes of our program. We offer students tremendous choice and flexibility, attractive class sizes, access to faculty and staff professionals and a large alumni network that they join on graduation. Placing in the top 40 shows students and our stakeholders that the Lerner Online MBA is a first-rate learning opportunity that opens rewarding career paths,” Weber added.

All five departments in UD’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics contribute core and elective courses to the Online MBA program, which features intensive 7-week terms, access to personal career coaching, and five concentrations including finance, business analytics and healthcare.

The Lerner Online MBA is one component of the UD MBA program, which offers full-time, part-time, online and hybrid schedules. Lerner MBA alumni from the class of 2021 received an annual salary raise of $13,000 while pursuing their degree, with a five-year average salary of $107,410 for Lerner Online MBA students.

“I am pleased that our programs continue to be recognized as among the best in the country. We put a great deal of effort into making sure our online students receive an outstanding education that will help them advance their careers,” said Jack Baroudi, senior associate dean for academic programs.

The Poets & Quants ranking is centered on three attributes, all equality weighted: admissions standards, academic experience, and career outcomes. The admissions standards data is reported by the business schools that are ranked, while the evaluation of a program’s academic quality as well as its career outcomes are based on an annual survey of the most recent graduating class.

The Princeton Review ranking is based on a combination of institutional and student survey data, including career outcomes, technological infrastructure, academic rigor, cost, and affordability, among others.