Kent State Online MBA Ranked Among World’s Best Programs by QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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The Kent State University Online MBA program is ranked #46 among the world’s top online MBA providers in 2020 by QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is obliging higher education providers to ensure that they are able to offer outstanding teaching and learning experiences in the virtual classroom, and demand for online education is likely to accelerate as lockdowns across the world continue,” said Nunzio Quacquarelli, CEO and founder, QS Quacquarelli Symonds. “QS are offering a ranking that has proved itself ahead of the curve in trying to capture both the standard of online learning experience in innovative ways, and in recognizing the importance of independent employability data in offering quality assurance.”

QS rank business schools’ online MBA programs according to four metrics, each designed to capture a key component of their mission: employability; diversity and access; the standard of the learning experience and the quality of the class experience. The four metrics are employability; class profile (diversity of program cohort); faculty and teaching; and class experience.

“Online students tend to be particularly attuned to the key questions of whether their potential programs will be recognized by employers, and whether they will be sacrificing teaching quality for flexibility,” Quacquarelli said. “This ranking enables them to make more informed comparisons according to these key criteria.”

In addition to being ranked by QS, the Kent State Online MBA was ranked among the 2020 Best Online MBA Programs by U.S. News and World Report and ranked number one out of 15 online MBA programs in Ohio in 2019 by MBA Central.

The majority of Kent State’s online MBA courses are Quality Matters certified, which means they meet rigorous standards of quality, and the remaining core courses are expected to be Quality Matters certified by Fall 2020. Faculty members who teach in the Online MBA program are leaders in their disciplines and are frequently sought out as subject matter experts.

“The college’s team of expert faculty have created engaging, collaborative and accessible courses supported by a dedicated team of instructional designers,” said Cathy L.Z. DuBois, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate and online programs at Kent State’s College of Business Administration. “Course activities emphasize real-world problem solving and the use of reflective critical thinking, with numerous opportunities for student-student and student-faculty engagement.”

Learn more about the Kent State Online MBA here.

Kent State College of Business Administration

Kent State University's College of Business Administration is among the fewer than 1% of business schools worldwide to obtain dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting. The College boasts 10 undergraduate majors, 14 minors and a Professional Sales Certificate program; master's degrees in accounting, business administration (MBA and EMBA), business analytics, and economics; as well as a Ph.D. program with concentrations in accounting, finance, information systems, management and marketing.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds

QS Quacquarelli Symonds is the world’s leading provider of services, analytics, and insight to the global higher education sector, whose mission is to enable motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfil their potential through educational achievement, international mobility, and career development.

The QS World University Rankings portfolio, inaugurated in 2004, has grown to become the world’s most popular source of comparative data about university performance. Their flagship website, www.TopUniversities.com – the home of their rankings – was viewed 149 million times in 2019, and over 94,000 media clippings pertaining to, or mentioning, QS were published by media outlets across the world in 2019.

Media Contacts:
Joni Bowen, jbowen1@kent.edu, 330-672-1279

POSTED: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 2:42pm