Kansas State University's online Professional MBA program continues to rise, earns Top 40 ranking
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
Kansas State University's online Professional Master of Business Administration, or PMBA, program, is rapidly becoming one of the best in the nation. The program has made another big jump in U.S. News and World Report's rankings for best online MBA programs. | Download this photo.
MANHATTAN — The Kansas State University online Professional Master of Business Administration program, or PMBA, is being ranked as the best in Kansas and the 36th best in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2018 Best Online MBA Programs rankings.
The university's PMBA also is recognized as the second-best program among Big 12 peer institutions. Among public schools, Kansas State University's program was rated as 32nd in the nation. The program has steadily moved up in the rankings over the past three years, going from unranked in 2015, to 95th in 2016, and 71st in 2017.
"Since launching our online PMBA in 2013, our ultimate goal has been to provide our students with the education and tools they need to take their careers to a higher level," said Kevin Gwinner, Edgerley family dean of the university's College of Business Administration. "This ranking is a testament to the hard work of our faculty and staff to build a transformational program that allows our graduates to stand out amongst their peers."
Catering to professionals with at least three to five years of postbaccalaureate work experience, Kansas State University PMBA students engage in the same curriculum taught by the same award-winning faculty members who instruct students on campus. The program's quality is also assured, as the College of Business Administration is among the fewer than 5 percent of institutions worldwide to earn the prestigious AACSB — Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — accreditation.
"We are honored to be recognized as one of the top online MBA programs in the country," said Suzy Auten, director of the PMBA program. "The meaningful connections our students make with faculty, staff and their online classmates have contributed significantly to the overall quality of their experiences while in the program and beyond. The dedication of our faculty to providing a high-caliber education is another integral factor in the program's success, and the addition of an instructional technologist to our staff has allowed us to improve course design and delivery."
One of the unique features of the program is the requirement for each student to go on a faculty-led international trip, which allows students to observe the application of principles learned in their courses in an international business setting. This course aligns well with the university's strategic goal of making its student body more globally aware, providing experiences in such locations as Costa Rica, China, Italy, Australia, South Korea, Ireland and Taiwan.
New classes are offered every eight weeks, allowing students to jump into the program in January, March, June, August and October. Applications are due at least one month before the desired start date. To learn more about the program or to apply, visit k-state.edu/onlinemba.