West Chester University’s online MBA program has risen into the Top 50 programs nationwide, checking in at No. 47, up from No. 58 last year, in the just-released 2020 Best Online MBA rankings from U.S. News.
U.S. News uses five main criteria to rank all universities’ online MBAs and places the most emphasis – 30 percent of the school’s score – on engagement, which examines graduation rate, best practices, class size, one-year retention rates, and time-to-degree.
Expert opinion from high-ranking school officials in online MBA programs is weighted at 25 percent. The remaining three factors – student excellence, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technologies – are each weighted at 15 percent of the school’s score.
Between the start of data collection in August 2019 and the October 2019 closing date, 335 schools (up from 301 last year) said they would be offering online MBAs.
Also, U.S. News ranked WCU’s online MBA at No. 29 for veterans, up from No. 33 last year. The 2020 Best Online Programs for Veterans rankings measure reputation, affordability, and accessibility, as well as faculty credentials, retention rates, and graduate debt loads.
To be ranked, programs must be offered by institutions that are certified for the G.I. Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and must have enrolled at least 10 student-veterans and active service members.