OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s online MBA tied for 27th among online master of business administration programs nationally — the highest of any institution in the state, according to U.S. News’ 2017 “Best Online Degree Programs: MBA” rankings published Jan. 10.
Oswego’s School of Business was the only public school in New York to crack the list’s top 100 online graduate business programs, and one of only five in the state (Rochester Institute of Technology, 33rd in the ranking; Clarkson, #42; Syracuse, #47; Marist, #61).
“The U.S. News & World Report ranking is an affirmation of the quality of our online MBA program,” said Richard Skolnik, dean of Oswego’s School of Business. “It reflects the expertise of our faculty, the support services provided by the MBA Office, the quality of our MBA students, the expertise of the Extended Learning instructional design team and the commitment to online learning provided by the college.”
The 145 matriculated students in Oswego’s online MBA program are among nearly 301 in the college’s overall MBA program, which is customized for every student, said Irene Scruton, Oswego’s MBA director.
Many of these students are working professionals looking to advance their careers, she added.
“The students in Oswego’s MBA represent every major industry category, including manufacturing, healthcare, engineering, education, communications and technology,” she said. “At least a third of our students have master’s degrees in their discipline such as engineering, education or social sciences and are moving into leadership roles where the MBA is a valuable credential.”
Scruton said the college’s most recent (2015) graduate survey found 32 percent of Oswego MBA students were promoted in their company while in the program and 20 percent were promoted upon graduation; another 14 percent of students changed employers for higher positions.
The flexible, customized approach “is critical when a student’s career or life issues impact a schedule,” Scruton noted.
“We also offer 24/7 technical support, which is a key factor for working professionals going back to school who do much of their work on weekends and evenings. Our content is available to students on a variety of device platforms for the convenience of the student,” she said.
The high ranking for Oswego’s online MBA program shows that the traditionally strong School of Business — accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — has successfully translated campus-based instruction to serve students everywhere, college officials said.
For the complete U.S. News rankings, see www.usnews.com/online.
About Oswego’s MBA
Oswego — the first comprehensive college in the SUNY system to offer an MBA degree, starting in 1997 — has increased the options students have for specializing within their graduate business studies, offering MBA programs in health services administration, management and public accounting.
The college also offers a variety of five-year options that combine an MBA with such bachelor’s degrees as broadcasting, psychology and public accounting.
MBA delivery options include classroom-based in Oswego and/or at the SUNY Oswego location in Syracuse, blended classroom-online programs and the well-regarded all-online MBA.
For more information on Oswego’s MBA programs, visit www.oswego.edu/mba or email [email protected]