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Houston university's online MBA program rises in the ranks of newly released report
Rice University's online MBA program has something to brag about. According to a new report, the program has risen through the ranks of other online MBA curriculums.
MBA@Rice, the online program at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice, has ranked higher in four categories in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs. The report evaluated schools based on data specifically related to their distance education MBA programs, and U.S. News has a separate ranking for non-MBA graduate business degrees in areas such as finance, marketing and management. The MBA list focused on engagement, peer assessment, faculty credentials and training, student excellence, and services and technologies.
“We use the same professors to deliver the same rigorous, high-touch MBA in our online MBA as we do in all our campus-based programs,” said Rice Business Dean Peter Rodriguez. “The strong national rankings recognize our success in reaching highly talented working professionals who don’t live near enough to our campus or for whom an online program is the best option.”
Rice's virtual MBA program ranked No. 12 (tied) in the 2023 list, which was up several spots from its 2022 ranking, which was No. 20. Additionally, Rice stood out in these other three categories:
- Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans: tied for No. 10 (No. 14 last year).
- Best Online Business Analytics MBA Programs: tied for No. 10 (tied for No. 12 last year).
- Best Online General Management MBA Programs: tied for No. 7 (tied for No. 11 last year).
Rice recently announced a hybrid MBA program that combines online instruction with in-person engagement. The first cohort is slated to start this summer.
The MBA@Rice program is the top-ranked Texas-based program on the virtual MBA list. Several other programs from the Lone Star State make the list of 366 schools, including:
- University of Texas at Dallas at No. 17
- Texas Tech University at No. 33
- Baylor University, University of North Texas, and West Texas A&M University tied for No, 65
U.S News & World Report ranked other online programs. Here's how Houston schools placed on the other lists:
- The University of Houston tied for No. 10 in Best Online Master's in Education Programs and tied for No. 75 in Best Online Master's in Business Programs
- Rice University, in addition to its MBA ranking, tied for No. 27 on the Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs ranking after being tied for No. 49 last year
- University of Houston-Downtown ranked No. 26 in Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Programs and tied for No. 55 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs
The full list of best online higher education programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report is available online.