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First MBA Ranking the Most Reputable Online and Distance-Learning Programs

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LONDON, July 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The first QS Distance Online MBA Ranking released today on 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

(c)QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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' perception of the school and program   QS Global Employer Survey
Well Established   15%   Based on accreditation, length of time established,
and number of students
  Accreditation from an internationally
recognised accreditation body
Number of enrolled students
Program establishment date
Student Quality   15%   Comparative  quality of MBA students based
on experience, and school selectivity
  Students' average years of work experience
Applicant/student ratio
Average GMAT score
% of students with first degree
Faculty & Teaching   15%   Number of faculty and % of faculty involved in online
teaching, and the quality of experience they deliver
  Faculty/student ratio
Full time/adjunct faculty ratio
Student completion rate
Class  Experience   15%   Day-to-day experience of student and
opportunities for interaction with classmates
  Level of student interaction
Amount of group work
Opportunity for physical meet-ups
Diversity   10%   Diversity of MBA class   Number of nationalities represented
% of MBA class that is female

The top 15 QS Distance Online MBA ranking can be viewed on

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