“We set out to create a premier online MBA from the ground up and launched it in 2015 with great expectations,” said Miriam Burgos, academic director of the USC Marshall OMBA. “The addition of a top-five ranking from The Princeton Review to the program’s growing number of accolades is a great honor, especially since this recognition incorporates student perspectives.”
Earlier this year, the USC Marshall Online MBA ranked #12 among more than 250 participants in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best MBA Programs online list. It was the first year that the program was eligible for evaluation, and OMBA leaders say they are confident of the program’s upward trajectory.
The Marshall School began developing the program more than two years before its launch, building a studio to produce high-quality educational content, experimenting with and deploying new technological learning tools, training its faculty in virtual instruction, and developing a fully integrated curriculum to ensure that distance learners gain a holistic understanding of how organizations work.
Content created for the OMBA already has earned multiple awards from organizations including the Telly Awards and Davey Awards. Additionally, the Online Learning Consortium at its annual conference recognized the Marshall instructional design team for a presentation about its innovative approach to developing OMBA program content.
“We started the Marshall online MBA program with a dedication to understanding the practical knowledge and personal skills our students want and need to be effective leaders,” said Sandra Chrystal, vice dean for online programs at USC Marshall. “That dedication to our students is the key to the success of the program so far and to laying the foundation for a sustainable online program well into the digital future.”