The University of Delaware’s Online MBA program moved up four spots to 29th in the nation and UD’s Online Master’s program in International Business placed 85th in the Online Business, non-MBA category as announced this week in the 2024 U.S. News and World Report Best Online Programs ranking.
The UD Online MBA program is placed among the top nine percent of all accredited programs.
UD’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics administers these programs and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the highest standard of accreditation and a distinction that fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide have earned.
“Being ranked 29th out of more than 350 online MBA programs in the U.S. is a significant achievement. I am very proud and overjoyed. This recognition is a reflection of the unwavering commitment and tireless efforts of our faculty, staff, students and alumni. Lerner is a pioneer in online MBA education. Lerner’s online MBA program is designed to provide a high-quality MBA program with flexibility that are suitable for working professionals. I am also very happy that our world class faculty who teach in the program are recognized as we are ranked No. 1 in the country in terms of faculty credentials,” said Oliver Yao, dean of UD’s Lerner College.
The U.S. News 2024 Best Online MBA Programs evaluated the Online MBA programs using weighted scores in five categories: engagement (30%), peer assessment (25%), faculty credentials and training (15%), student excellence (15%) and services and technologies (15%).
UD’s Online MBA and International Business programs both achieved a perfect score of 100 in the faculty credentials and training score, the maximum score a program can achieve for how well its instructors are prepared to teach online.
“I’m very happy that U.S. News is recognizing the quality of our program as we continue to increase in the rankings. I’m particularly pleased that we continue to be ranked No. 1 for our faculty. We take great care in selecting our faculty and making sure our courses are well-designed for the online environment.,” said Jack Baroudi, Lerner’s Senior Associate Dean of Academic Programs.
The UD Online MBA program features intensive seven-week terms, advanced digital curriculum with robust interaction with faculty and peers and access to personal career coaching. The curriculum can be completed in as few as 16 months full-time, or students can study part-time at their convenience.
Core courses cover fundamental business and management topics and five concentrations: information technology, business analytics, healthcare management, international business, strategic leadership and finance. Five departments in the Lerner College (accounting and management information systems, business administration, economics, finance and hospitality and sport business management) contribute core and elective courses to the online program.
ONLINE MASTER’S IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
The 2024 Best Online Master’s in Business Programs rankings assess master’s-level business degree programs that are not MBA programs. U.S. News also evaluated these programs using weighted scores in five categories: engagement (30%), peer assessment (25%), faculty credentials and training (15%), student excellence (15%) and services and technologies (15%).
UD’s Online Master’s program in International Business also achieved 100 in the faculty credentials and training score, the maximum score a program can achieve for how well its instructors are prepared to teach online.
The program has 30 credits and features career coaching and two course modules – the first including six core courses with topics such as globalization, ethics, business strategies and market research, while the second includes any four courses based on individual students’ interests including business fundamentals, finance and healthcare. The program prepares students to efficiently handle day-to-day operations, enact successful strategies of international business and reference the most applicable public policies.