LONDON, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
The first QS Distance Online MBA Ranking released today on http://www.topmbaconnect.com is based on six indicators found to be the most important for MBA students: employability, establishment date, student quality, faculty and teaching, class experience and diversity.
The methodology is designed to identify the best of the accredited online and distance-learning programs available, whilst also providing a listing of other reputable options.
Top 5 of the 2012/2013 QS Distance Online MBA Ranking
Rank Business school Program 1 IE Business School Global MBA 2 Warwick Business School MBA by Distance Learning 3 Manchester Business School Global MBA 4 Thunderbird School of Global Management Online Global MBA 5 Indiana University, Kelley School of Business Kelley Direct MBA
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Nunzio Quacquarelli, editor of the TopMBA Career Guide says "The popularity of this form of study is increasing among candidates and MBA employers. While distance online MBAs provide a very different experience to the traditional full -time MBA, they give access to business education to a wider and growing motivated work-force who are seeking a life-style education, a way to learn essential managerial skills which fits with the reality of their lives."
The QS Distance Online MBA Ranking's inclusion criteria require business schools or individual programs to be accredited by a recognised accreditation body, to have graduated at least one class and to have an established reputation among MBA employers according to the QS Global Employer Survey.
Vision Weighting Description Inputs Employability 30% MBA Employers' QS Global Employer Survey perception of the school and program Well 15% Based on Accreditation from an internationally Established accreditation, recognised accreditation body length of time Number of enrolled students established, Program establishment date and number of students Student Comparative Students' average years of work experience Quality 15% quality of MBA Applicant/student ratio students based Average GMAT score on experience, % of students with first degree and school selectivity Faculty & 15% Number of Faculty/student ratio Teaching faculty and % Full time/adjunct faculty ratio of faculty Student completion rate involved in online teaching, and the quality of experience they deliver Class Day-to-day Level of student interaction Experience 15% experience of Amount of group work student and Opportunity for physical meet-ups opportunities for interaction with classmates Diversity of Number of nationalities represented Diversity 10% MBA class % of MBA class that is female
The top 15 QS Distance Online MBA ranking can be viewed on http://www.topmbaconnect.com
SOURCE QS Quacquarelli Symonds