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Muma College of Business Online MBA Program Ranked No. 26 in the Nation

By Keith Morelli

U.S. News Graduate School Rankings

TAMPA (January 26, 2021) -- The University of South Florida’s online MBA program ranked No. 26 – No. 19 among public universities – on the U.S. News and World Report's annual survey released this week. It is the third national ranking achieved for the graduate program in a month.

The program made huge strides from its ranking at No. 95 last year in the same survey.

"We are incredibly proud of this deserved recognition of the Muma College of Business online MBA program,” said Eric Douthirt, director of USF’s MBA programs. “The program features talented students, exceptionally committed staff and highly engaged faculty from multiple USF campuses.”

He said the program’s partnership with the instructional design team at USF's Innovative Education has been instrumental to the program's success, ensuring that the courses offered meet the highest standards of quality for online learning. For more information about the program, click here.

In December, USF’s online MBA program was among the top 25 on two separate national rankings. The Princeton Review placed the program at No. 21 of the top 50 programs in the United States and Poets & Quants listed the online offering at No. 25. Last year, Online MBA Report ranked the program No. 25 on a list of the 50 best online MBA programs in the United States. The Best Schools’ ranking of the 50 best online MBA programs in the nation put USF’s online MBA program at No. 29.

The U.S. News and World Report rankings were announced this week. Editors there ranked programs in five categories:

  • Engagement, which takes into account how well the program encourages participation in the courses, allowing students opportunities to interact with instructors and fellow classmates.
  • Expert opinion of high-ranking academic leaders of MBA programs, which accounts for intangible factors.
  • Faculty credentials and training.
  • Student excellence, which gauges the aptitude, ambition and accomplishments of the students in the program.
  • Student services and technologies, which measures how the program incorporates diverse online learning technologies, allowing greater flexibility for students to take courses from a distance.

The USF online MBA program offers the rigor and flexibility needed by working professionals and recent bachelor’s degree recipients looking to advance their skills and successfully compete for high-demand jobs in the world of business and industry. U.S. News and World Report also ranks the online MBA program No. 35 in the nation for veterans.

“The online MBA program has granted access to graduate business education for many professionals who prefer the convenience and structure of the online delivery over an on-campus program,” Douthirt said. “This has only been further emphasized by the COVID pandemic as professionals seek a stable and high-quality program that suffers no impact from campus closures or reduced capacity."