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By Jen Hendrickson January 26, 2021

The University of Delaware’s Online MBA program advanced 15 spots to become the 32nd best online MBA program, placing it among the top 10 percent of accredited programs in the nation, as announced today by the U.S. News and World Report in its 2021 rankings.

The UD Online MBA, delivered by the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, also placed 38th as a Best Online MBA Program for Veterans.

“Moving up 15 places and placing among the top 10% of the 300+ accredited programs reflects our continuous enhancements to the quality of our Online MBA program,” said Lerner College Dean Bruce Weber. “We invest in a transformative experience and our students’ ultimate success. We constantly curate the content of our offerings and update the design of our courses.”

The U.S. News 2021 Best Online MBA Programs rankings evaluate schools based solely on data related to their distance education MBA programs. Online MBA programs were ranked using weighted scores in five categories: engagement (30%), expert opinion (25%), faculty credentials and training (15%), student excellence (15%) and student services and technologies (15%).

UD’s Online MBA program received top marks for how well faculty are prepared to teach remotely (99 out of a possible 100) and overall student satisfaction and instructor responsiveness (81 out of 100).

“We are proud that our program continues to grow, now attracting a record number of students from across the nation,” Weber continued. “The fall enrollment of 480 makes it the largest graduate program at UD.”

Lerner’s Departments of Accounting, Business Administration, Economics and Finance contribute core and elective courses to the Online MBA program, which features intensive seven-week terms, access to personal career coaching and five concentrations including finance, business analytics, international business, strategic leadership and healthcare. The UD Online MBA is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

“Student success is our number one priority at the Lerner College,” said Jack Baroudi, senior associate dean for academic programs. “We are constantly evaluating our course offerings and program resources, expanding them to better fit our students’ needs and adding flexibility to help them choose their own professional development pathway.”

In fact, for the Class of 2019, 60% of students either changed careers, received a promotion or received a raise while pursuing their degree, with an average salary increase of $19,396. In terms of student satisfaction, 94% of online MBA students rated their overall educational experience as excellent or good.