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USC Marshall School of Business Online MBA Earns Top 5 U.S. News Ranking

LOS ANGELES–U.S. News & World Report recently announced its 2019 Best Online MBA Programs. The University of Southern California Marshall School of Business Online MBA (OMBA) earned the number 5 ranking, highlighting Marshall’s commitment to academic excellence and to empowering modern business leaders.

“The Marshall Online MBA attracts accomplished working professionals who value online flexibility and wish to build their skillset with an elite business education. We have provided the technology tools and cutting-edge curriculum to create an engaging graduate program,” said Sandra Chrystal, Marshall Vice Dean for online education. “However, it is our students who are a key part of what makes the Online MBA so successful. We are exceptionally proud of their accomplishments and their commitment to professional growth. Furthermore, we are grateful to be able to offer a business education that helps them to develop their business leadership skills.”

The U.S. News rankings are based on factors from the following five categories:

  • Engagement (28 percent)
  • Student Excellence (25 percent)
  • Expert Opinion (25 percent)
  • Faculty Credentials and Training (11 percent)
  • Student Services and Technologies (11 percent)

Visit the U.S. News website for more information about the rankings methodology.

USC Marshall’s Online MBA, launched in 2015, has quickly risen to the top of an increasingly competitive online MBA degree market. It is consistently ranked among the best online MBA programs, having earned the #1 ranking from Poets&Quants as well as being in the top 3 online MBAs in The Princeton Review.

Marshall built its online MBA to take full advantage of the latest technological learning tools, ensuring that students can connect not only with faculty but with their peers and industry leaders. For the coming year, USC plans to expand on this with improved engagement opportunities, linked to the university’s Speaker Series.

The Speaker Series connects OMBA students with leaders across different industries. Events have been and will continue to be held via live videoconference. Moving forward, USC will also provide opportunities for optional, in-person tours at some of the companies where these speakers work. This way, students gain even more insight from industry leaders and exposure to business environments where they can get a stronger sense of the environments that cultivate success.

This paradigm of continuous improvement and commitment to strategic technological investments has created an environment where students can forge authentic professional connections, collaborate and complete exceptional work together.

“Collaboration and camaraderie have been key pillars of the Online MBA since the program’s inception,” said Miriam Burgos, Online MBA academic director and associate professor of clinical marketing. “Our students often tell us that the bonds they form in our Online MBA program are stronger than the connections they made in-person during their undergraduate education.”

Networking is another central component of the OMBA, and distance learners become full-fledged members of the Trojan Family, which is more than 412,000 members strong and includes 89,000 Marshall alumni in 90+ countries. The connections that students form through group projects and other coursework frequently lead to lasting professional relationships that continue beyond graduation. For example, a group of four students who graduated in May 2018 have since launched a new business together.

Visit the U.S. News website to view the full list of 2019 Best Online MBA Programs rankings.


About the USC Marshall School of Business

Consistently ranked among the nation’s premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, leadership, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world’s leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities.


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