kent state online mba ranks no. 35 in the nation in fortune’s best online mba programs 2021 ranking

The Kent State University College of Business Administration’s Online MBA ranks No. 35 in the nation in Fortune’s Best Online MBA Programs 2021 ranking released this week. Kent State is the highest-ranked public university in northern Ohio on the list.

The Best Online MBA Programs of 2021 is the first of six higher education rankings to be published in 2021 by Fortune. Fortune uses multiple data sets to formulate education rankings, including data provided by schools, a “Brand Score” that is calculated from a Fortune-Ipsos survey of hiring managers and business professionals, and a weighted “Fortune 1000 Score,” which considers business school alumni placement in the C-suites of the biggest companies in the U.S. 

“Given the expert Kent State full-time faculty and instructional designers who partnered to develop this program, I am not surprised that Fortune ranked the Kent State Online MBA among the top online MBA programs in the nation,” said Cathy L.Z. DuBois, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate and online programs at Kent State’s College of Business Administration. “This is the most recent in a series of high rankings the Online MBA program has earned in 2021. Collectively, these rankings reflect the excellence of our Students First approach used to develop and deliver this program.”

Recently, the Kent State Online MBA program became the only online MBA program in the nation to earn Quality Matters Program Design certification. In addition, all of Kent State’s core MBA courses are Quality Matters certified, which validates the rigorous standards of quality at the foundation of this program. 

The Kent State Online MBA program with a concentration in Business Analytics ranked No. 25 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2021. The Online MBA program ranked No. 26 by the Princeton Review in 2021, No. 1 in Ohio by MBA Central in 2019 and No. 46 in the QS global ranking in 2020. 

For more information about Kent State’s Online MBA, visit

About Kent State University’s 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 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (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 (Master of Business Administration and Executive Master of Business Administration), business analytics and economics; as well as a Ph.D. program with concentrations in accounting, finance, information systems, management and marketing. For more information about Kent State’s College of Business Administration, visit


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