COB Logo2For the second consecutive year, the West Texas A&M University online M.B.A. program has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report.  The U.S. News and World Report announced its 2014 Best Online Programs as a resource for students seeking information about online programs for degree completion and career advancement.  Only degree-granting programs were considered for the 2014 list, and rankings were based on student engagement, faculty credentials, peer reputation and student services and technology.  The West Texas A&M University online graduate business program ranks #27 overall in U.S. News and World Report for 2014.  A total of 236 online graduate business programs were considered for the 2014 rankings.  Categorical rankings list West Texas A&M University #2 for a regional university in the West, #10 in student service and technology, #19 in admissions selectivity, #24 in the student engagement category, and #53 in the faculty credentials and training category.  “We are extremely proud that the online graduate business program continues to be recognized as one of the best in the country by U.S. News and World Report,” Dr. LaVelle Mills, associate dean of graduate business programs and professor of management, said. “There are several strategic initiatives we are pursuing that will help us continue to enhance the business program in the near future but receiving external recognition is important validation for our faculty, staff, students and business community partners.”  The MBA program has a current enrollment of over 350 students from 32 different states and 22 different countries.

The Master of Science in Finance & Economics was ranked #10 in The Financial Engineer’s 2015 Financial Economics Rankings of economics and finance graduate programs.  Overall scores for the rankings are based on several factors, which include program’s acceptance rate, incoming students’ undergraduate GPA, employment after graduation, and starting salary.  Other top 10 programs include Columbia University, Brandeis University, and Saint Louis University.  “It is rewarding to be recognized among our peers for the excellence of our program, our faculty and our student outcomes,” Dr. Neil Terry, Dean of the College of Business, said. “This recognition is one of many recent external confirmations of the University’s rising prominence.”

Drs. LaVelle Mills from West Texas A&M University, Stephanie Fujii from the University of California at Berkeley, and Gerardo Okuhysen from the University of California Irvine are featured in a September 22, 2014 article by Eric Lipsky for MBAPrograms.Org offering a perspective on “How To Tell If An MBA Program Is Worth The Cost.”  The article can be accessed at the following web address:  http://www.mbaprograms.org/mba-headlines/mba-worth-cost-interview.html.