The web-based business degree programs offered by Indiana University and Temple University topped the business categories of U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Online Programs list.
The prestigious distinction is based on the reviews of more than 1,200 online bachelor and graduate programs nationwide. Rankings are determined by a variety of criteria, including faculty credentials and training, teaching practices and student assessment, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity.
Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business ranked first in the Online Graduate Business Programs category, which encompasses graduate business programs that aren’t MBAs (such as a Master of Science in Finance). Rounding out the top five were the University of Connecticut, Arizona State University’s Carey School of Business, Florida State University and the University of Texas in Dallas.
Founded in 1999-2000, Indiana University’s online program has an enrollment of about 200 students, most of whom graduate in two years. The majority of IU’s online students are men, and nearly three-quarters are sponsored by their employer. The average age of new students is 33, and more than 80% of applicants are accepted.
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Each online IU student takes part in a seven-day introductory program held on the university’s campus in Bloomington. Most of the courses require students to work collaboratively with others, and class participated is graded. For a typical course, students must log in three times a week.
Temple University’s Fox School of Business took the top spot in the Best Online MBA Programs category, followed by the business schools at Indiana University, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, the University of Florida and Arizona State University.
Temple University’s program has an enrollment of about 240 students, two-thirds of which are men. It is designed for working professionals who want to earn their MBA without disrupting their personal or professional commitments. Students take part in weekly live, online courses and must log in to courses 10 times per week.
About two-thirds of Fox’s applicants are accepted each year. Students begin with a week-long residency course in Philadelphia. While there, they complete their first course, network and work on team building.
Online students take separate courses than on-campus students, but learn from the same curriculum. Any credits earned online are the equivalent to any earned on campus.