The Princeton Review: Radford's MBA Program among the nation's best

Radford University's College of Business and Economics (COBE) has been named one of the best business schools in the United States by The Princeton Review.

The education service company cites COBE's MBA program in its book, "The Best 295 Business Schools: 2016 Edition."

"We recommend Radford University as one of the best to earn an MBA," said The Princeton Review's Robert Franek in a press release.

The Princeton Review's book features two-page profiles about each listed school with attention given to academics, student life and admissions.

"We are proud The Princeton Review has once again highlighted Radford University's MBA program," COBE Dean George Low said. "This recognition underscores the value of the COBE MBA and is evidence that our program provides its students with the knowledge, innovative thinking and analytical skills necessary to compete in a global marketplace."

The Princeton Review tallied its lists of best business schools based upon its surveys of 22,000 students. The survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their experiences at the schools.

From the survey, The Princeton Review quotes Radford University MBA students as saying "those who want the knowledge and skills to run an organization, even a global one, will be hard-pressed to find a better school, especially for the price."

Further, The Princeton Review provides a quote saying the Radford University MBA program prepares students for "work in many areas of business and does not skimp on content or focus in doing so."

The Princeton Review notes part-time Radford University MBA students' appreciation for the program being "geared toward people who work full-time jobs."

The college and university profiles in "The Best 295 Business Schools" have rating scores in five categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected. The ratings are scored on a scale of 60 to 99. Ratings categories are: academic experience, admissions selectivity, career, professors interesting and professors accessible. COBE faculty scored an 87 rating in the "professors interesting" category.

The Princeton Review explains the basis for each rating score in the book and on its website at

The Princeton Review does not rank business schools on a single hierarchical list.

COBE began offering its MBA program online at the start of the fall 2014 semester. Students can choose from online or traditional in-person MBA courses. The program is also offered on campus for both full and part-time students.

Full-time students can earn their MBA in as little as 12 months, while engaging in programs and courses that prepare them for a diverse global work environment. Part-time MBA students can complete the program at the Roanoke or Radford campuses in only two years.

Individuals interested in the Radford University MBA program do not need a bachelor's degree in business. However, foundation knowledge in accounting, economics, finance and statistics is required. To satisfy the foundation requirements, self-paced, online courses, taught by RU faculty, are available.

Radford University's MBA program is the only such program in Southwest Virginia accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

For more information about the RU MBA program, call (540) 831-6905, email or visit the RU MBA website.

Oct 8, 2015