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U.S. News: Online Stevens MBA Still Tops in NJ

Other Business Degrees Continue to Earn Strong Marks in 2018 Report

Dr. Joelle Saad-Lessler teaching a class at Stevens in front of a digital screen.
In its annual ranking of online business programs, U.S. News was impressed by Stevens' commitment to supporting faculty use of technology in online learning environments.

For the third year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has found if you want to get your MBA online, there’s no better place in New Jersey than Stevens Institute of Technology. 

Rankings editors at the magazine continue to be impressed with the faculty, student services and student engagement at the School of Business, awarding high scores in each category to put the online MBA in the U.S. top 50 for the first time and keeping it the top-ranked program in the state.

“Having a strong technology infrastructure is only part of creating an immersive online learning experience,” said Dr. Michael zur Muehlen, associate dean of the graduate enterprise at the School of Business. “It’s also about encouraging faculty to incorporate the latest tools in the virtual classroom and ensuring students get the support that helps them feel included in the Stevens community.”

Strong rankings across the board

It’s not just the MBA, either. For its 2018 report, U.S. News rated online non-MBA business programs 28th in the country, and ranked its online computer IT programs — which includes the master’s in Information Systems — 11th overall. 

Besides the MBA, the School of Business offers seven fully online master’s programs, covering disciplines such as Business Intelligence & Analytics, Financial Engineering and Network & Communication Management & Services. The school also offers many four-course graduate certificates that can be earned fully online.

“Today’s professional is busier than ever, with greater responsibilities at work making it more difficult to pursue a graduate degree,” said Dr. Gregory Prastacos, dean of the School of Business. “Our online programs were designed around these challenges. Our state-of-the-art technology and world-class faculty are able to deliver the incredible value Stevens is known for through the incredible convenience of a program available at any time, anywhere.”

Headshot of Damir Alic
Damir Alic '17.

That convenience is what attracted Damir Alic ’17 to the online Enterprise Project Management program. Alic, a construction manager with Boeing, in Washington, said the ability to earn his degree from Stevens while supporting his young family on the West Coast was very important.

“What I found most helpful was the mobile app that connects right to StevensOnline, so you can access your classes right on your phone,” from grades to class materials and videos that explain particular concepts, he said. “When grades are posted or projects are due, the app lets you know and keeps you in the loop.”