We’re Number One!

Poets & Quants ranks USC Marshall Online MBA program #1

October 09, 2018

Poets & Quants, an online platform that reports exclusively on business higher education, named USC Marshall’s online MBA program as its number one-ranked such program for 2019.

“The Marshall OMBA attracts accomplished working professionals who need online flexibility; we are impressed year after year by the quality of our students, their passion for business, their commitment to learning, and their diverse perspectives,” said Sandra Chrystal, vice dean for online education and professor of clinical business communication. “It is very gratifying to provide them with an advanced business education that is personalized, experiential, innovative and rigorous.”

USC Marshall’s online MBA program (OMBA) launched in 2015, and has quickly risen to the top of an increasingly competitive online MBA degree market. The number of business schools offering online MBA programs rose from 91 to 140 between 2012 and 2017, according to accreditation body AACSB International.

Marshall built its online MBA to take full advantage of the latest technological learning tools, providing students not only with an exceptionally engaging online learning experience, but also with practical skills in virtual communication and analytics. Program leaders consulted closely with business leaders to ensure the curriculum prepares students for the challenges ahead in an increasingly global and digitally driven business landscape.

"We are impressed year after year by the quality of our students, their passion for business, their commitment to learning, and their diverse perspectives." -- Sandra Chrystal, vice dean for online programs

Faculty members continually update coursework, introducing new knowledge, collaboration tools, and learning experiences. Students enjoy direct access to teachers and commonly form close bonds with their online classmates, beginning during their residential week and continuing throughout the program.

“Camaraderie has been a common theme since the program’s inception,” said Miriam Burgos, OMBA academic director and associate professor of clinical marketing.  “Each student brings their own area of expertise to their cohort and leverages their strengths to help their fellow classmates succeed.”

Networking is another central component of the OMBA, and distance learners become full-fledged members of the Trojan Family, which is more than 412,000 members strong and includes 89,000 Marshall alumni in 90+ countries.

The Poets & Quants ranking focuses on three core measures: Admission standards and quality of incoming students; alumni satisfaction with academics and extracurricular activities; and career outcomes for program graduates.

Visit the Poets & Quants website to view the 2019 Top Online MBA Programs ranking, associated articles, and a video interview with school and program leaders about the USC Marshall OMBA.