US News & World Report, Businessweek give high marks to Whitman’s online and full-time MBA programs

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The iMBA program in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University has been ranked #30 in U.S. News & World Report's publication of 2013 Best Online Business Programs, released January 15. The rankings include 148 programs from more than 200 regionally accredited institutions nationwide that offer online master's degree business programs.

Late last November, Whitman’s full-time MBA program earned the #55 spot in Bloomberg Businessweek's biennial ranking of top MBA programs. The ranking, now in its 24th year, selected 81 of the more than 13,500 business schools in existence worldwide. For US News’s iMBA rankings, statistical information on student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation (a new category this year), faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology was gathered between late July and fall 2012. To compute the rankings, the weighted data from a reputation survey and statistical questionnaire were assigned point values and then summed into overall scores for each school. Those programs performing in the bottom 25 percent were not ranked.

The iMBA is Whitman's premier distance-learning, part-time program for professionals and executives. Launched in 1977, the program has grown to more than 240 current students and 900 alumni worldwide. Students attend five-day residencies on the SU campus each semester and complete their coursework online.

The iMBA's hybrid model allows students to develop collaborative relationships with faculty and peers while providing the flexibility to complete their MBA as they continue their career progression. Whitman's iMBA offers electives in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing management, supply chain management, and organizational leadership. The program also provides international residencies as a unique, differentiating learning component. This year, students will travel to Seoul, South Korea, to study Global Innovation Management and Istanbul, Turkey, to study International Finance and Real Estate.

Since 1999, Whitman iMBA students have studied in global business and cultural centers around the world, in cities including Dubai, Johannesburg and London. Admission for the iMBA is selective; applicants need a bachelor's degree and at least one year of full-time professional experience. The GMAT is not required for applicants with more than five years of experience. Deadlines for fall, spring, and summer admission are July 1, November 1, and March 1, respectively. For more information, contact Whitman's Graduate Programs office at (315) 443-4327 or visit http://whitman.syr.edu/iMBA.

Bloomberg Businessweek chose Whitman’s full-time MBA program from among the 1,270 business schools that hold the prestigious AACSB accreditation globally. Bloomberg also recently ranked Whitman's MBA program #1 for the most global student body in the U.S. Earlier in 2012, U.S. News &World Report ranked Whitman's MBA program as one of the nation's lowest-priced private university MBA programs, at #9 out of more than 400 schools surveyed. Overall, US News ranks Whitman #16 in entrepreneurship, #25 in supply chain management, and the MBA program #68 nationally.

The top 30 U.S. schools and top 10 international programs are highlighted in the November 19-25 print issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, and the complete ranking of full-time MBA programs is featured on Businessweek.com at http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/rankings.