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Online MBA among U.S. News & World Report Best for 2020

Tigerville, SC (January 14, 2019) U.S. News & World Report, a recognized leader in college and graduate school rankings, released their 2020 Best Online Programs rankings today. North Greenville University (NGU) ranked for the first time in the 2020 Best Online MBA Programs list.

Master’s programs in business administration are still by far the most popular graduate business degree program. Prospective students often narrow their research exclusively to programs that award MBAs. To aid their efforts, U.S. News publishes its annual rankings of distance education MBA programs.

“NGU’s online programs are an apt overlap of academic excellence, practical applications, and carefully thought-out flexibility,” said NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant., Jr. “We are grateful for this recognition and hope it helps prospective students and employers recognize the quality of this program and the others we offer that are like it.”

The 2020 Best Online MBA Programs rankings evaluate schools based solely on data related to their distance education MBA programs. Schools included in the rankings are the best online master's degree programs in business administration, based on factors such as admissions selectivity, reputation for excellence among peer institutions and academic and career support services offered to students.

NGU’s 36-hour MBA program is designed to develop trained and skilled business leaders who make a difference. The degree sets students apart by providing training in all areas of business necessary for executives — such as organizational dynamics and customer demand, personnel management, and entrepreneurship — to teach students business, analytical, and critical-thinking skills with a Christ-centered focus. Also, the world-class faculty members enable students to challenge the status quo, discover their paths, and develop into more effective and impactful professionals.

Becky Terry, a 2016 online MBA graduate and a certified public accountant from Philadelphia, says earning an MBA at North Greenville University “helped polish off” her resume.

“The critical thinking skills I gained in [my] Business Strategy [class] helped me gain a client that kept me in projects for three years,” said Terry.

For prospective students considering the program, she encourages them to “do it,” no matter their age.  

“Once you understand the online process, as long as you follow the syllabus, you will succeed. No matter where you live or how old you are, NGU wants you to succeed,” she said. “I was 55 when I started the program. It is affordable and you will gain critical skills in whatever graduate program you choose.” 

Dean of the College of Business & Entrepreneurship Dr. John Duncan is thrilled that U.S. News & World Report has recognized NGU’s program.

“Dr. Tracy Kramer, our associate dean for graduate business programs, and our graduate faculty have done a wonderful job in building NGU’s MBA program,” said Duncan. “We believe that our continuous improvement efforts will help us continue to move up in prestigious rankings of graduate programs such as this one.”

For the 2020 edition, U.S. News ranked online MBA programs using five categories: engagement, expert opinion, faculty credentials and training, student excellence, and student services and technologies.

“The Master of Business Administration at North Greenville University is accessible, rigorous, and practical. Our students learn from our excellent full-time faculty and from ‘reflective practitioners’ who serve in strategic business roles throughout the Upstate,” said NGU Provost and Dean of the University Faculty Dr. Nathan A. Finn. “I am pleased to see our program recognized in this way.”

Also for 2020, NGU’s online master's in business programs (excluding MBA) and online bachelor’s programs were again listed in the rankings.  

For working adults with some college credit, completing a four-year degree online may be the most practical way to obtain the knowledge and credentials needed to boost their careers. U.S. News publishes the 2020 edition of the Best Online Bachelor's Programs to help prospective students select schools that are right for them.

The vast majority of students enrolled in these ranked programs have earned at least some college credit. Rather than first-time college students, they are more likely to be working professionals in their 20s to 40s looking to advance in or change their careers.

In this ranking, U.S. News assessed schools based on four general categories: engagement, services and technologies, faculty credentials and training, and expert opinion. 

For information about NGU’s online bachelor’s and master’s programs, visit NGU.edu/academics.

              

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