W. P. Carey School ranks Top 5 in the nation for online degrees

Online graduate business programs at ASU move up to No. 2, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Rebecca Ferriter
TEMPE, Ariz., (Jan. 9, 2018) — For the fifth consecutive year, online programs at the W. P. Carey School of Business rank among the Top 5 best programs in the nation. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Arizona State University No. 2 for Best Online Graduate Business Programs, and No. 5 for Best Online MBA programs, according to the publication’s 2018 rankings, which were released January 9.

“One element of our online graduate programs that sets us apart is that students take the same classes from the same faculty as they would in our on-campus programs," says Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business and Rusty Lyon Chain in Strategy. “We began offering online degrees in the early 2000s, long before it was as widely accepted as it is now. So we know from experience how to deliver great content to students and offer a flexible degree that will ultimately help them take that next step in their careers.”

The W. P. Carey School of Business is the only school in Arizona ranked among the Top 30 nationwide for Best Online MBA, and the only Arizona school ranked in the Top 60 among Best Online Graduate Business Programs. U.S. News scores online business programs based upon student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials, peer reputation, and admission selectivity.

U.S. News & World Report already ranks the W. P. Carey School’s undergraduate business, and full-time MBA programs among the Top 25 in the nation. The new rankings cover the W. P. Carey School’s popular online MBA program, online Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM) program, and online Master of Science in Business Analytics (MS-BA).

“The ‘business is personal’ notion is more than just a tagline at the W. P. Carey School. While in our programs, the staff and faculty create community within and among our graduate programs to ensure that students have dedicated support staff for things like financial planning, student services, academic support, and close connections to their faculty and peer students,” says Stephen Taylor, assistant dean of graduate programs. “Upon graduation, our students become part of one of the nation’s largest graduate business alumni associations, allowing students to strengthen the value of their degree through mentoring programs and continued involvement in the school.”

All of the school’s online graduate programs include small class sizes and easy-to-use online-learning technologies.

The 21-month online MBA program allows students to meet at a face-to-face orientation just once at the ASU campus, then complete the rest of the courses online. Students work in small, personalized teams with peers from other industries, typically focusing on one course at a time. This is one of relatively few online MBA programs in which students can earn their degrees with an area of emphasis, such as finance, international business, marketing or supply chain management.

The 16-month online Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM) program is designed to provide professionals in any career area with a well-rounded education in information technology and to explain how they can apply that knowledge to their companies overall. American Express, Intel Corporation, Mayo Clinic and US Airways are among the companies that send students to the school’s MSIM programs.

The 16-month online Master of Science in Business Analytics (MS-BA) program focuses on the booming field of “big data”. Course work is designed to strengthen quantitative and analytical skills, which prepares students to derive value from data and modeling, lead data-driven analyses, and create a business advantage across markets and industries.

In addition, the W. P. Carey School offers 13 online undergraduate business programs. U.S. News & World Report ranks ASU No. 4 for online bachelor’s degrees.


About the W. P. Carey School of Business

The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is one of the top- ranked and largest business schools in the United States. The school is internationally regarded for its research productivity and its distinguished faculty members, including a Nobel Prize winner. Students come from more than 100 countries and include over 50 National Merit Scholars. For more information, please visit

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Rebecca Ferriter, W. P. Carey School of Business

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