News magazine U.S. News & World Report released its 2014 online master’s degree in business rankings this week. Out of the 225 programs ranked, the Graziadio School’s one year-old Online MBA placed 73rd among the mix of public, private and for-profit degree programs included.
U.S. News based the ranking on statistical student and faculty data collected for July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013 cohorts nationwide. The fact that the Graziadio School’s program is new with limited data available contributed to Pepperdine’s placement. The Online MBA program enrolled its first cohort just last January. It will be another year before that class graduates. Not all the courses that students will take are yet available. The next sequence in online program classes are introduced as students advance each trimester, therefore, not all professors have yet had the opportunity to teach his/her course.
Unlike its annual rankings of full-time, traditional MBA programs, U.S. News did not require programs to have program-level accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) to be ranked and assessed program-level data from all master’s level business degrees.
Just three short months after the Graziadio School’s Online MBA program launched, students are giving it rave reviews.
According to David Smith, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, eleven women and eleven men are part of the inaugural class, which includes students from five states and a military officer stationed in Japan. One weekend in January, seventeen members of the first cohort of students met in Malibu for the Fully Employed MBA program’s perennial Personal and Leadership Development Workshop. The workshop allowed students to meet face-to-face with faculty and each other to find support and develop partnerships as they continue their MBA journey.
Jennifer Pham, a staff accountant with Gaikai, a Sony Computer Entertainment company and current Online MBA student, said the workshop was a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow students and professors. “I feel more comfortable talking to my cohort members online now that I can put a face to their names. There is more cohesion and trust after the workshop.” Continue reading
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“Students more than ever want flexibility and convenience,” said Associate Dean David Smith in an article on OnlineMBA.com. “This online framework increased the flexibility of when students can take classes. That’s what drove us to explore this space.”
“I think the dean at every business school has on their minds what their digital strategy is going to be in the next five to 10 years,” he said. “In the graduate business school market, there’s a lot of movement from these quality schools into this space. I think every school needs to have a strategy about what they are going to do with online.”
LOS ANGELES — The Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University will offer an online master in business administration program for working professionals, announced Dean Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. The Online Fully Employed MBA will be an option alongside the school’s existing portfolio of traditional on-campus part-time evening and weekend MBA program offerings.
“Online students will receive a MBA at a fully accredited, internationally recognized business school with more than 40 years of experience delivering education focused on responsible business practice that is values-centered, global in orientation and entrepreneurial in spirit,” said Dr. Livingstone. “The Online Fully Employed MBA is an appropriate option for the professional who seeks a superior learning experience in a manageable period of time that minimizes the impact on work and home life schedules.”
The Graziadio School is currently accepting applications for its first class, which is scheduled to start in January 2013. Continue reading