February 9, 2016

CSU College of Business has top Ohio online MBA program

By Maria Ivanov

U.S. News and World Report has ranked Cleveland State University’s Monte Ahuja College of Business as No. 1 in Ohio for its online Master’s of Business Administration degree.

The program has also moved up in the U.S. News and World Report ranking from the 44th spot to 40th in the nation.

“We are all extremely proud that one of the newest programs at Cleveland State University has been ranked so highly by one of the preeminent authorities of higher education rankings,” said Ronald Mickler, dean of the Monte Ahuja College of Business in an email interview.

“It is a testament to the dedication of the College of Business faculty, the student services team in the College of Business, and the Center for eLearning staff who continue to deliver an exceptional MBA learning experience.”

The College of Business also created a mobile MBA program in 2012 from which a student can graduate within a year. This is the first year it has been ranked 20th in the nation.

“The online accelerated MBA was accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB),” Mickler explained. “This is the highest standard of achievement worldwide.”

“For the college to keep this ranking,” Mickler explained, “it will continue to add relevant coursework, add additional student services and add new technology to enhance the program even further.”

Some of the perks that come along with taking classes online are receiving a free iPad and e-books, and access to campus apps and course modules such as Blackboard.

“The online accelerated MBA program launched in the 2012-2013 academic year and has been ranked in the top 60 by U.S. News and World Report every year since its inception, moving up each year,” Mickler said. “From 2014 to 2015, we advanced 24 positions. We are ranked among and above some of the best colleges and universities in the nation that have had online MBA programs for a much longer time than we have.”

Mickler said no differences exist between the online and on-campus MBA program, stressing that students have access to everything that is offered on campus. These include options as Career Services to the advising office, plus the convenience of the online format. Students who have questions about content or other course concerns are welcome to set up appointments to meet with College of Business faculty members.

Kevin Bogdanowicz, a graduate student at Cleveland State University, is working on an MBA. He says the online courses are very challenging based on his experience.

“The most challenging aspect of taking classes online is there is a lot of busy work,” Bogdanowicz said. “[It is essential] to write and keep track of deadlines in multiple online classes.

“The thing I like about the program is the wide variety of classes that are available,” he continued. “One thing I dislike is the lack of morning classes available in the MBA program.”

Bogdanowicz suggested that students choose a quiet public place to do their coursework because home has too many temptations. He also said that to get schoolwork done, students should leave their phones locked in the car, which will eliminate distractions and facilitate effective studying.

For more information about the online MBA program, students can search MBA graduate programs through the Cleveland State University campus website or visit the College of Business.


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