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NC State Named Top 10 Online MBA by Princeton Review

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NC State University’s Jenkins Professional Online MBA program has earned a No. 9 ranking on The Princeton Review’s new list naming the top 25 online MBA programs for 2017. The ranking is accessible at

The top-10 MBA ranking is a move up from No. 20 in the Princeton Review’s 2015 ranking, which reflects NC State’s commitment to merging innovative ideas with purposeful action to deliver world-class management education.

The Princeton Review list is the first ranking of online MBA programs that is based on surveys of both administrators at the schools and of students enrolled in the schools’ online MBAs. Data points were weighted in more than 60 unique fields to tally the final list. Criteria focused on five areas: academics, selectivity, faculty, technical platforms and career outcomes. A description of the methodology for the ranking can be found at

“In 2011, the NC State Poole College of Management was an early mover among accredited business schools to launch an online MBA program. Our focus on innovation, the management of technology, and entrepreneurship are at the foundation of our Jenkins MBA programs, so the decision was not only strategic, but natural,” said Annette L. Ranft, dean and Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. chair of NC State’s Poole College of Management.

“We are proud of the vision, leadership and hard work of our NC State community in building and growing this program which is now consistently ranked among the top online MBAs nationwide,” said Dean Ranft.

“We strongly recommend the NC State Jenkins MBA as an outstanding choice for anyone considering an online MBA,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president and publisher. “Its program is exceptionally strong both academically and in the many ways it maximizes technology that enables students to interact with and learn from its superlative faculty and students all over the world.”

Franek noted that the survey showed a deep satisfaction with their online programs among students responding from the NC State Jenkins MBA and other schools on the 2017 list. “Ninety-four percent told us they believe their online MBA will have a positive impact on their careers,” he said.

The Princeton Review has published an annual Best Business Schools guide for 21 years, and, since 2005 included 11 categories of b-school ranking lists (largely based on student surveys) in that publication accessible at

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About NC State University Poole College of Management and Jenkins Graduate School of Management

The NC State University Poole College of Management focuses on management education for a technology driven global marketplace. The college offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting, business administration and economics, as well as custom and open enrollment executive education programs delivered by the college’s Executive Programs, LLP. The college’s Jenkins Graduate School of Management includes the Master of Business Administration, Master of Accounting, and Global Luxury Management programs. The MBA program includes full time, part-time for working professionals, and online options. Masters and doctoral degree programs in economics are offered jointly with NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Corporate engagement opportunities are available through the college’s centers and initiatives that support academic and outreach programs in the areas of business sustainability, enterprise risk management, innovation management, supply chain management, and technology entrepreneurship and commercialization. Poole College’s accounting and business programs are accredited by AACSB International.

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