The online business programs at Stevens Institute of Technology have once again been recognized as being among the very best in the United States.
Rankings for the Stevens MBA, non-MBA business programs and computer IT programs all improved in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Online Programs report, with non-MBA programs entering the top 15 nationally.
The rankings highlights, per U.S. News:
- Online non-MBA business programs are ranked 14th, up from 28th a year ago.
- The online Stevens MBA is ranked 45th, up from 47th last year.
- Online computer IT programs — which includes the master’s in Information Systems, as well as select graduate programs in Stevens’ Schaefer School of Engineering and Science — are ranked eighth, an improvement from 11th last year.
Notably, it’s the fourth year in a row that the online Stevens MBA has been ranked No. 1 in New Jersey. This year, for the first time, Stevens is ranked the top New Jersey program in all three categories.
At Stevens, the list of non-MBA programs that can be completed online is incredibly diverse, and includes graduate programs in Business Intelligence & Analytics, Financial Analytics, Financial Engineering and Enterprise Project Management. Prospective online students who apply now can take advantage of a tuition discount of up to 25 percent upon acceptance to the program.
“Part of emphasizing technology in all we do is striving to provide an excellent educational experience to students taking courses through our online platform,” said Dr. Michael zur Muehlen, associate dean of graduate programs at the School of Business. “It’s not enough just to include high-tech concepts in the curriculum — you need technology to facilitate relationships between students and faculty.”
In fact, in its rankings, U.S. News most heavily weights the engagement of online students, scrutinizing how well a school encourages the participation of online students and, through its faculty and technology, creates an immersive culture for students taking courses remotely. Student excellence is also a key ranking criteria for business programs.
The online experience at Stevens is made immersive through emphasis on collaborative work. Like courses held in a physical classroom, Stevens business courses require students to develop their teamwork and leadership skills through group projects. Virtual meeting rooms and regular engagement with peers and faculty create an environment that encourages students’ success, both in their coursework and on the job after graduation.
Damir Alic M.S. ’17, a construction manager with Boeing, earned his degree in Enterprise Project Management entirely online, and said he found it easy to form meaningful relationships with faculty. His academic advisor, Dr. Zvi Aronson, made his online experience "an easy transition, and he was always available on the phone to discuss problems,” Alic said. “The amazing thing about online classes is how flexible the professors are, and how they understand when things come up.”