Online MBAs That Pass (And Flunk) U.S. News’ Engagement Test

Which online MBA programs flunk the U.S. News engagement test? Presumably schools whose engagement ranks significantly lag behind U.S. News overall rank for their online MBA programs. There are at least 34 online MBA programs with engagement ranks that are 50 places or more below a program’s overall rank. The University of North Carolina–Wilmington Cameron School of Business, for example, has an online MBA program ranked 197th but its engagement rank is 252, 55 places lower. Even worse are Tennessee Technological University whose engagement rank of 220 trails its overall ranking of 143 by 77 places or Louisiana Tech University with an engagement rank of 220 versus an overall online MBA ranking of 150, a gap of 70 places.

But it gets worse. At least nine ranked online MBA programs have engagement rankings that are more than 100 places lower than their overall ranking from U.S. News and several of them are total surprises (see below). The greatest disparity between these two ranks goes to  St. John’s University’s Tobin College of Business. With an online MBA ranked 81st in the nation by U.S. News, the program’s engagement rank is 215, a whopping 134 places behind its overall rank. The University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business is next with a gap of 129 places between its overall rank of 59 and its engagement rank of 188 for its online MBA program.

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