USC Marshall Online MBA Earns #4 Ranking from The Princeton Review

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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9, 2017 — The Princeton Review® recognized the Online MBA (OMBA) offered by the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business with a #4 ranking in its influential Top 25 Online MBA Programs list for 2018.

The organization's rankings are based on a survey of students enrolled in an online MBA program and data provided by administrators at the 75 participating business schools. More than 4,700 students evaluated multiple aspects of their degree program, including faculty, fellow students, career preparation, academics, the technology platform and their overall satisfaction.

The organization released these findings from students surveyed at the top 25 online MBA programs:

  • 34% report receiving a promotion while earning their degree.
  • 30% was the average salary increase they report receiving after degree completion.
  • $107,000 was their average base salary upon graduation.

“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 OMBA ranked #12 among more than 250 participants in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Online MBA Programs 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.”

The Princeton Review began ranking online MBA programs three years ago, recognizing the value and credibility these degrees have gained among employers. “For working professionals unable to move to a 'brick and mortar' campus for an MBA, these schools offer an opportunity to learn from some of the world's best business school professors and earn their degree from anywhere in the world,” said Editor-in-Chief Robert Franek as part of the organization's recent rankings announcement.

View The Princeton Review's list of the Top 25 Online MBA programs and learn more about the methodology the organization employed in 2018 to rank online MBA programs.

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, leadership, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.

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Sarah is a financial reporter, focusing on technology, national security, and policing. Before joining Daily Telescope she worked as a staff writer at Fast Company and spent two years as a foreign correspondent in Turkey. Her work has been published in Al Jazeera America, The Nation, Vice News, Motherboard, and many other outlets.
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