Bryant Online MBA ranked among top 15 percent nationally by U.S. News & World Report
Feb 07, 2024, by Casey Nilsson
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Bryant University's Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has advanced in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, vaulting 28 spots to claim the 37th position nationally and placing it among the top 15 percent of online MBAs in the country. In addition to the overall ranking, Bryant’s Online MBA earned the number 1 spot in the nation for student services and technology – a testament to the program’s student-centered, hands-on approach to online education. 

Introduced in 2019 as a flexible alternative to the in-seat MBA, Bryant’s Online MBA is the number one program of its kind in Rhode Island, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest analysis. Released February 7, the 2024 report considered engagement, reputation, faculty credentials, student excellence, services and technologies, and assessments by leaders of peer institutions. 

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"This new ranking supports the university’s long-standing commitment to transformational learning experiences and strong student outcomes," says President Ross Gittell, Ph.D. “I’m proud of this recognition, and of our College of Business faculty for their achievement.” 

The U.S. News & World Report rankings come on the heels of the 2024 Poets&Quants assessment of the country’s best online MBAs, in which Bryant was named among the top 20 percent in the nation. Poets&Quants relied on admissions standards, student surveys on academic experience, and career outcomes as the basis for the rankings.   

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Rupendra Paliwal, Ph.D., Bryant University’s provost and chief academic officer, credits the agility and expertise of College of Business faculty for the program’s success. 

“Our faculty are leaders in their field, and they consistently deploy forward-thinking methodologies that prepare our learners for an ever-evolving business climate,” says Paliwal. “As technology advances and educational pedagogy shifts, we continue to invest in tools and innovations that ensure our graduates remain ahead of the curve for a long time to come.”  

Designed for working professionals aiming to enhance their strategic leadership skills, Bryant’s Online MBA is self-paced, offering five start times throughout the year and student-selected course sequences. Students from across the globe enroll in the Online MBA, with tracks in Strategic Leadership and Innovative Healthcare Leadership, and many complete the 10-course program in a single year while managing full-time careers and personal commitments. 

College of Business Dean Madan Annavarjula, Ph.D., says the program’s distinguishing features include its small class sizes, live office hours, and academic and career coaching for all students.  

"The Online MBA’s flexibility, combined with its unmatched commitment to student support as recognized by U.S. News & World Report, prepares our students to succeed,” he says. “Wherever they are in the world, they have the tools they need to make the most out of their graduate education.” 

With tuition among the most competitive in the field at $2,331 per three-credit course, Online MBA graduates experience an immediate return on their academic investment. A 2022 outcomes survey revealed that 60 percent of Bryant Online MBA students secured promotions or new positions upon graduation, with an average salary increase of 25 percent. 

About Bryant’s Online MBA 

A leader in MBA education for over 50 years, Bryant’s Online MBA was Rhode Island’s first fully online MBA from an AACSB-accredited institution. Bryant began offering a Master of Business Administration in 1969 and became accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International in 1994.  

To learn more about Bryant’s Online MBA, click here. 

About Bryant University 

For over 160 years, Bryant University has been at the forefront of delivering an exceptional education that anticipates the future and prepares students to be innovative leaders of character in a changing world. The university delivers a uniquely integrated academic and student life experience with nationally recognized academic programs at the intersection of business, liberal arts, and health and behavioral sciences. 

Recognized for staying ahead of industry demands, Bryant University’s graduate programs combine the comprehensive curriculum with valuable hands-on, real-world knowledge that makes it a leading university in student outcomes. 

Located on a 428-acre contemporary campus in Smithfield, R.I., and available around the world through its online programs, Bryant enrolls approximately 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students from 38 states and 49 countries. Bryant is recognized as a top 1% national leader in student education outcomes and ROI and regularly receives high rankings from U.S. News & World Report, Money, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, College Factual and Barron’s.   

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