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Maryland Smith Online MBA No. 8 in U.S. News & World Report Ranking

Jan 17, 2019
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Maryland Smith has advanced in the top 10 of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs.

The new, No. 8 ranking for 2019 is up from No. 9 last year and places Maryland Smith sixth among public schools. It further “reaffirms the program’s reputation, especially in terms of student engagement” – one of five ranking methodology subcategories where Smith has excelled, says Assistant Dean of Online Programs Judy Frels at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Under such criteria, programs, according to U.S. News, are gauged for fostering opportunity for on-campus interaction between classmates and accessible and responsive instructors, who “help to create an experience rewarding enough that students stay enrolled and complete their degrees in a reasonable amount of time.”

“Weekly, online live sessions inspire comradery among our students and instructors,” Frels says. “This brings a sense of community and further energizes the students when they come together for their capstone closing residency.”

U.S. News’ top 10 ranking of online MBA programs, overall, is:

  • Indiana University--Bloomington (Kelley)
  • University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)
  • University of Florida (Hough)
  • University of Southern California (Marshall)
  • Arizona State University (Carey)
  • University of Texas--Dallas
  • University of Maryland--College Park (Smith)
  • Auburn University (Harbert)

Supply Chain Management Track Recognized

In a separate ranking, the Supply Chain Management track of Maryland Smith’s Online MBA Program is No. 11 among peer program tracks in the nation, according to OnlineMasters.com. The educational research organization further cites the track as “Best Hybrid” for including “a hybrid option, providing students with the flexibility of online courses and also hands-on experience in class on campus.”

Read more about the Maryland Smith Online MBA Program.

About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty master's, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.