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Broad College’s online master’s programs rank among the nation’s top 5

By Chelsea Stein
Tuesday, January 24, 2023

At the Broad College, we strive to offer the best academic experiences to inspire the future of business in our graduates. And U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Online Master’s in Business Programs ranking, released today, highlights how we deliver on this mission.

This year, the college reached an all-time high, landing at No. 4 among U.S. public schools.

“The Eli Broad College of Business’s online programs are entirely focused on developing in-demand skills and accelerating the careers of adult learners,” Richard Saouma, associate dean for MBA, Executive MBA and professional master’s programs, said.

“While our innovations have resonated with working professionals and chief learning officers alike, the most recent U.S. News & World Report ranking reinforces the value being delivered in our programs. We are incredibly proud of the faculty and staff behind each of our great programs and their commitment to our outstanding students.”

The ranking encompasses three Broad programs: the Master’s in Management, Strategy and Leadership, Master’s in Healthcare Management and Master’s in Marketing Research. Each of these programs can also boast of landing Michigan State University in a top 5 spot in the specialty rankings: No. 2 in General Management, No. 2 in Leadership, No. 1 in Health Care Administration and No. 1 in Marketing.

“This high ranking by U.S. News & World Report is a testimony to the efforts of our students, instructors and administrators who deeply care about our program,” Glenn Hodges, director of the M.S. in MSL program, said. From 2015 to 2021, the M.S. in MSL was the only Michigan State University program in business included in this ranking, consistently earning its place in the top 25.

“From our program’s inception,” he continued, “we have striven to provide our students with a first-class business education that will enhance critical skills and lead to career success for our graduates.”

Michael Rip, director of the M.S. in Healthcare Management program, highlighted how Broad’s programs offer direct ties to industry.

“Among the many benefits of our program is the valuable business-centric model we bring to the challenging and ever-changing field of health care,” he said. “Our continually updated courses allow students to hone their skills and apply the lessons in our program immediately into the workforce. For example, our capstone course has allowed many students to prepare a project that directly impacts their workplace or helps secure their promotion. We are proud of our one-of-a-kind program and are rewarded by the efforts of all involved.”

Among the ‘Best for Veterans’

The 2023 U.S News & World Report ranking also positioned the Broad College’s programs at No. 3 in the Best for Veterans category for the second consecutive year.

According to the ranking’s methodology, the best online programs for veterans must be ranked in the top half of schools in the Best Online Business ranking, must be certified for the GI Bill® and must have enrolled a “critical mass of students with military backgrounds.”

“This incredible moment is the fruition of a rich history of the highest excellence and dedication from our MSU MSMR faculty, alums, students and expert board executive leaders of more than 90 top companies worldwide, combined with supreme organizational flexibility and agility,” Jessica Richards, director of the M.S. in Marketing Research program, said. Richards is a military combat service veteran and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Michigan Army National Guard during her eight years of honorable service.

“Our MSMR program is endlessly evolving, ensuring our graduates are ultimately primed to thrive in an ever-expanding industry with infinite career possibilities.”

Ayalla Ruvio, academic director of the M.S. in Marketing Research program, said this is a continuation of the program’s long legacy of excellence.

“As we look forward to the future, we strive to keep providing leading-edge education for our students through an exceptional learning experience and engagement in the field,” she said. “We thank our wonderful faculty, staff, advisory board and, of course, our students for making us one of the top programs in the country.”

Reaching No. 6 overall

This year’s ranking also places MSU at No. 6 overall, tied with Texas A&M and the University of Connecticut. With this placement, the Broad College improved six spots from last year and achieved a seven-year streak in the top 25.

The Broad College also performed well across many specialty areas. This year’s complete list includes:

  • No. 1 in Health Care Administration
  • No. 1 in Human Resources Management
  • No. 1 in Marketing
  • No. 2 in General Management
  • No. 2 in Leadership
  • No. 2 in Organizational Behavior
  • No. 3 in International Business

This annual ranking evaluates student engagement, faculty credentials and training and student services and technology for non-MBA, fully online master’s programs in business. It also assesses peer reputation and admissions selectivity.

For the full 2023 Best Online Graduate Business Programs rankings, visit U.S. News & World Report.


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