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Feb. 2, 2015

Monte Ahuja Mobile MBA earns national rank, named top Ohio program

By Kevin Alquist

The Monte Ahuja College of Business’ Mobile Accelerated Master of Business Administration at Cleveland State University is ranked number one in Ohio and in the top third nationally on U.S. News & WorldReport’s 2015 list of the Best Online Graduate MBA Programs.

Established in 2012, the one-year program enrolls between 15 and 25 students per session. There are between four and six sessions that begin throughout the year.

Since the program’s start, approximately 150 students have graduated with a Mobile AMBA, according to Elad Granot, assistant dean of MBA programs at Cleveland State.

The Mobile AMBA is identical to the in-class version of the program other than the setting in which it is delivered. It is unique, however, because it is the first online, one-year MBA to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the highest standard for business schools worldwide.

“It’s identical in every way,” Granot said. “It’s the same faculty, so we don’t have adjunct faculty sitting somewhere remotely. They are all Ph.D. qualified to teach the traditional and accelerated programs that teach the same curriculum from the same text books.”

Granot stressed that any Mobile AMBA class is held to Cleveland State’s “Quality Matters” gold standard, meaning the online degree is held to the same standard as any course offered in the classroom and any MBA degree is printed the same when it is awarded to the graduate.

“The only thing that’s different is the delivery method and that makes it just as good as what you would expect in any other format,” Granot said.

The Center for eLearning worked extensively with the College of Business faculty to launch the program and ensure its continued success.

Caryn Lanzo, director of the Center for eLearning, said that while she is very pleased with the ranking of the program, she is not surprised.

“After working with the program faculty over the past few years, it is clear that the faculty work very hard to ensure that the students in the mobile accelerated MBA program meet the same learning outcomes as their traditional MBA students,” Lanzo said. “It’s also great exposure for the program and Cleveland State University to be that high on the list.”

Lanzo said the Mobile Accelerated MBA is a model for other programs looking to transition to an online format. She hopes that the increased accessibility will lead to a wider outreach to students that cannot otherwise maintain a traditional school schedule due to careers, family obligations or distance.