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March 7, 2016

Financial Times Ranks Online MBA No. 12 in the World

The online MBA program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business Administration ranked No. 12 in the world in the 2016 Financial Times ranking. Financial Times also recognized the program as No. 1 in the U.S. for its value. Released March 7, the report ranked the top 15 online MBA programs from around the world who offer a credible alternative to residential MBA programs.

“This recognition by Financial Times for our online MBA is significant as it demonstrates how the world is noticing the first-class business education we offer,” said Dr. Donde Plowman, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of the College of Business Administration. “Our students earning their MBA at UNL receive the same high quality program whether they take classes on campus, online or both.”

The online UNL MBA program provides a collaborative learning experience with the same world-renowned professors who teach courses on campus. The online delivery allows working professionals the opportunity to participate in an internationally recognized program from anywhere in the world.

MBA FT Online Program Ranking #12
The leading U.K.-based business publication measured online programs by four major categories – career progress, online delivery, program diversity and idea generation – and 18 metrics within those categories. The program placed No. 3 in the world for value and leads the U.S. in this category.

“The online MBA program’s ranking of first in the U.S. and third in the world for value is a truly outstanding accomplishment,” said Dr. Tammy Beck, associate dean for graduate programs and external engagement. “Value was calculated according to the salary increase resulting from the completion of the degree relative to the fees and other costs associated with the program. It is really a measure of the cost weighted quality of the program.”

The report also recognized the college’s faculty as No. 7 in the world for research. The research metric was based on the number of articles published by the college’s current full-time faculty in 45 academic and practitioner journals from 2013-15.

Other recent rankings for the online MBA program include No. 15 in the nation and No. 2 for veterans in the Big Ten by U.S. News & World Report.

The Financial Times 2016 Online MBA Ranking information is available online at