By Jennifer Dimas

Innovator in distance and online education

Colorado State University’s Online Professional MBA is ranked among the top programs in the world according to the Financial Times’ Online MBA Ranking 2017, released Monday, March 6. CSU’s online MBA program ranks No. 19 in the world and No. 12 in the United States.

College of Business video production studio

The College of Business digital and video production team partners with faculty and staff to produce world-class academic content and digital learning experiences using cutting-edge equipment and technology.

The College of Business digital and video production team partners with faculty and staff to produce world-class academic content and digital learning experiences using cutting-edge equipment and technology.

“For nearly 50 years, our MBA program has been a pioneer and innovator in distance and online education,” said CSU College of Business Dean Beth Walker. “As the largest online MBA program in Colorado and among the largest in the country, our students have long recognized the exceptional education and marketplace value of our program. The top 20 global ranking by one of the most prestigious ranking organizations in the world is a testament to not only the extraordinary quality of our program, but also its tremendous value as measured by the increase in salary and promotional opportunities that accrue to our graduates.”

CSU’s online MBA program was the only program of its kind in Colorado ranked by the Financial Times.

Factors propelling CSU’s program to the top 20 in the world include career progress, online delivery, program diversity, idea generation, program value and additional considerations such as average completion time. Average completion for students in CSU’s online MBA program is three years.

Average salary increase of 23 percent

The Financial Times ranked CSU’s program value at No. 8, with graduates of the program increasing their salaries by an average of 23 percent.

CSU’s 100 percent online method contributed to the program’s No. 12 program delivery rank. College of Business students from around the globe have flexibility and access to one of the world’s top MBA programs, accredited by the AACSB.

A College of Business student works on accounting classwork

A College of Business student works on accounting classwork.

Online Professional MBA student Joshalynn Green currently works as a talent acquisition coordinator for Johnson Controls in Aurora, Colo., while pursuing her degree.

Data was collected through two online surveys – the first completed by the schools and the second by alumni who graduated in 2013. For more information about the methodology, visit the Financial Times website.

One-third of the program’s faculty are women (No. 7 among top 20 programs) and that correlates to the number of female students as well (No. 9).

Perfect example of flexibility

Joshalynn Green portrait

Online Professional MBA student Joshalynn Green currently works as a talent acquisition coordinator for Johnson Controls in Aurora, Colo., while pursuing her degree.

“I’ve been loving the experience,” said Joshalynn Green, a CSU Online Professional MBA student. “It’s never too late to change your life, or further your education, and I think CSU’s online business program is the perfect example of letting people have that flexibility to gain that education while working and having their families.”

The Financial Times ranking is just the latest recognition for CSU’s College of Business. CSU’s online MBA program also ranked among the nation’s top programs at No. 50 according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 graduate program ranking.  The College of Business ranks among the top business schools for veterans by Military Times, and No. 29, the highest in Colorado, in the most recent Best for Vets: Business Schools 2016 ranking.

More information

CSU’s Online Professional MBA program offers five entry points each year. The next application deadline for a summer start is April 1; GMAT scores are no longer required as part of their application.

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