The Princeton Review chose the schools based on its surveys in 2015–16 of more than 90 business schools offering online MBAs (programs that were 75 percent or more online) and surveys of more than 3,800 students enrolled in the programs. The criteria focused on five core areas: academics, selectivity, faculty, technical platforms and career outcomes. Data from surveys of graduates of the online MBA programs was also used.
"This ranking demonstrates the dedication and hard work of our faculty and staff and the effectiveness of the Eccles MBA Online program to provide a top-notch education while still providing the flexibility to work with students' busy lives," said Taylor Randall, dean of the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business.
The Eccles School's MBA Online program was launched in fall 2014. The program provides the same rigorous coursework of on-campus MBA options, but allows students to access their lessons and engage in vigorous class discussions online at times convenient to them.
"We're honored by this ranking, especially because it's based on student opinion of our program," said Brad Vierig, associate dean of MBA programs and executive education at the Eccles School. "Students can access our excellent faculty and get support from our staff without having to interrupt their work and personal commitments. The Eccles MBA Online program allows students to further their careers without having to put their life on hold."
Among the students surveyed at the top 25 business schools, 39 percent reported receiving a promotion while earning their MBA. Eccles MBA Online students reported a 30 percent salary increase upon graduation.
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About the David Eccles School of Business
Founded in 1917 and educating more than 6,000 students annually, the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business offers eight undergraduate majors, four MBAs, six other specialized graduate programs, a Ph.D. in seven areas and executive education curricula. The School is also home to eight institutes, initiatives and centers that deliver academic research and support an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation. The Eccles School is synonymous with 'doing.' The Eccles experience provides a world-class business education with a unique, entrepreneurial focus on real-world scenarios where students put what they learn into practice long before graduation. For more information, visit Eccles.Utah.edu or call 801-581-7676, and learn more about the Eccles MBA Online program at Eccles.link/mba-online.
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