Monday, January 25, 2021
UNH online MBA student studying in the library

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of New Hampshire’s online MBA program #40 in the nation for the second consecutive year, and #29 among public universities. The ranking includes programs at 326 U.S. business schools. 

Offered by UNH’s Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, the program has steadily climbed since it was first ranked at No. 78 in 2017. It is the highest ranked online MBA program in northern New England. 

“Being ranked among the top 50 online MBA programs in the nation is a proud achievement for Paul College,” said Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands. “Holding steady at number 40 when the market offerings for online MBA programs are growing verifies the strength of the program and the excellence of our faculty and students.”  

"The UNH online MBA program has been nothing short of amazing. As a student who is employed full time in sales, which requires frequent travel, and who works part time coaching gymnastics, I can’t say enough good things about the flexibility of the Online MBA,” said Paige Loew, sales representative at 3M. 

Paul College’s online MBA program has seen steady growth over the past five years, with enrollments tripling to more than 160 students, as a greater number of students are choosing this option to earn their master’s degree in business administration due to its flexibility and intimate class sizes. The program increasingly draws students from outside New England and even from outside the US. 

“There are three areas in which we stand out that are attractive to students,” said Victoria Parker, associate dean for graduate education and faculty administration. “We hold AACSB accreditation, the highest accreditation standard for business schools worldwide, and we are the only New Hampshire program to do so. Online students get the same experience as our students who take classes face-to-face, including being taught by the same accomplished faculty and receiving similar academic supports. Our program is small, high-touch, and our students are experienced professionals who enrich online class discussions and project-based work.” 

A distinctive feature of UNH’s online MBA program is that students also can take face-to-face evening courses at either the Durham or Manchester campuses, including hybrid courses that combine both online and face-to-face learning experiences. 

"The UNH online MBA program has been nothing short of amazing. As a student who is employed full time in sales, which requires frequent travel, and who works part time coaching gymnastics, I can’t say enough good things about the flexibility of the Online MBA,” said Paige Loew, sales representative at 3M. “To anyone considering this program, I can say that you will be highly satisfied by the amazing professors, program flexibility, and overall quality and content of the curriculum." 

“As a student living in Texas, I've never felt out of place because of my geographical location,” said Dihan Aboosally, training systems analyst at Caliber Home Loans, Inc. “The cross-cultural experience with such a talented group of colleagues has helped me improve my network and establish professional references. Thanks to my MBA, I recently accepted an offer with a new company and have received a 60 percent salary increase. I feel at home at UNH."  

For the 2021 edition, U.S. News ranked online MBA programs using five categories:  Engagement between faculty and students, expert opinion amongst academic leaders, faculty credentials and training for online learning, student excellence, and services/technologies to support student learning. 

For more information on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings, visit Best Online MBA Programs. 

Photographer: 
David Vogt | Freelance Photographer