April 13, 2022

Smith Nears Top of Fortune’s Online MBA Ranking

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is No. 4 in Fortune Education’s ranking of U.S.-based online MBA programs for 2022.

Maryland Smith climbed from No. 8 in Fortune’s inaugural 2021 ranking – a response to the pandemic-spurred increase in online learning and explained by the news outlet: “To help guide the next generation of business leaders, Fortune found online MBA programs that not only see their graduates land good jobs, but also have a track record of placing alumni into the highest echelons of the Fortune 500.”

After scoring high through U.S. News & World Report 2022 ranking components, Smith’s OMBA program showed strongly through Fortune’s methodology. This includes a “brand score” based on surveyed business professionals and hiring managers and scoring that measures networking opportunity within the program and with Smith MBA alumni who are C-suite executives at Fortune 1000 companies.

Smith OMBAs participate in virtual job fairs and mock interviews through Maryland Smith’s Office of Career Services. Plus, the academic rigor matches that in Smith’s Full-Time and Flex (part-time) programs, says Interim Associate Dean of Master’s Programs Paulo Prochno

Under the same curriculum and faculty, the online students meet virtually twice a week to attend “lively synchronous sessions,” Prochno says. “Most faculty use breakout rooms for small-group discussions, allowing students to have an experience similar to being in a face-to-face environment.”

Go to Maryland Smith’s Online MBA website for more information about the program.

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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.

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