U.S. News released its 2017 Best Online MBA Programs today, offering prospective students insight into tuition and fees, admissions, class sizes and more for 239 ranked programs.
Experts say many online students want to progress quickly toward a credential. They often juggle their education with a full-time job, and an online degree becomes a convenient path to a promotion or career change.
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But how quickly students progress through online MBA programs varies. U.S. News has data on the online MBA programs with the highest three-year graduation rates and where students graduate in the shortest time.
The only program with at least 25 enrolled students to report a three-year graduation rate of 100 percent was the University of Nevada—Reno. Because online programs don’t typically operate around fall and spring semesters like traditional graduate schools, the data below refer to students who started between July 2012 and June 2013 and finished within three years.
The average graduation rate among the ranked online MBA programs with at least 25 students was 63 percent.#
Among online MBA programs that ranked in the top 50, the most common duration for students to graduate was two years, followed by 2.5, U.S. News data show. No schools that ranked in that range reported graduation times of less than 1.5 years.
The Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University—Atlanta was the only online MBA program ranking in the top 100 to report a most frequent duration of just one year. And Stevens Institute of Technology, which tied with Mercer at No. 78, was the lone program with a typical student graduation time of 4.5 years or more.