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U.S. News ranks online MBA in best programs for veterans for third consecutive year

The College of Business and Economics (B&E) administration, faculty and staff are beyond proud each time B&E earns another national ranking, but a ranking that acknowledges the College for its dedication to serving the nation’s veterans and active-duty service members is a special designation. 

U.S. News and World Report ranked the online Executive MBA #22 in the Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans category. This is third consecutive year the online MBA has been ranked in the Best for Veterans, but it is the first year U.S. News split the MBA programs from the general business category.

“B&E is honored to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a college that offers programs that foster a supportive atmosphere and excellent benefits for our country’s active service members and veterans,” Interim Dean Nancy Mclntrye said. “Through a collaborative environment and many other initiatives, our online MBA program, as well as the rest of B&E, will continue to improve and focus our efforts on assisting these brave men and women achieve their educational dreams.”

To be considered for the Best Online Programs for Veterans rankings list, the online degree programs must be among the top 75 percent of schools ranked in the 2015 Best Online Programs rankings, which U.S News reported in January. WVU's online MBA was ranked #25. 

Each distance education program must be housed within a regionally accredited institution and, to calculate a numeric ranking, U.S. News also assessed several others factors – affordability, program reputation, faculty credentials, retention rates and graduate debt loads. Criteria also includes:

  • belonging to an institution certified for the GI Bill; 
  • belonging to an institution that participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program
  • or for online programs at public institutions that do not participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, charging in-state tuition, which can be fully covered by the GI Bill, for all veterans applying from out of state. 

The methodology for Best Online Programs for Veterans changed in 2015, resulting in a significant increase in programs ranked this year.

B&E emphasizes the importance of presenting as many opportunities as possible for students to connect with instructors and fellow classmates, gaining experiential learning, learning from knowledgeable Ph.D.-level faculty, and enhancing all programs through various learning experiences and a diverse student body.

“Word-of-mouth within the National Guard, especially the West Virginia state offices, is a wonderful source of recruitment for the online MBA program. We love when students and graduates share their unique experiences with their colleagues,” Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs Elizabeth Vitullo said. “The online format of the Executive MBA program is conducive to the demanding schedules of military personnel, and this ranking is evidence of our dedication to the success of this population.”