Whitman School’s online MBA (iMBA) program ranked 39th in nation by US News & World Report

The online MBA (iMBA) program in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University has been ranked #39 in US News & World Report's publication of 2014 Best Online Business Programs, released January 8. The rankings include 169 programs from more than 230 regionally accredited institutions nationwide that offer online master's degree business programs. The full rankings are available here: http://www.usnews.com/online.

For the rankings, US News gathered, between July and September 2013, statistical information on student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. Complementing the statistical data was a separate peer reputation survey administered for US News by Ipsos Public Affairs, a market research firm. Deans of business schools with online graduate programs and top distance learning higher education academics were mailed postcards with links to online peer reputation surveys.

According to US News, their process for computing overall scores underwent a “significant change” for the 2014 rankings. For more detail on how and what information was collected and how it was used to calculate the rankings, please visit http://www.usnews.com/onlinemeth.

Last August, OnlineMBA.com ranked Whitman’s iMBA program #14 in their list of top 20 online MBA programs. Earlier in the year, the iMBA program was ranked #13 by Poets & Quants.

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 Shanghai, China, to study the nature and importance of China’s financial system to the global economy and to Dublin, Ireland, to study strategic management.

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.