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 294 Business Schools: 2017 Edition."

“You can say business is booming at Radford’s College of Business and Economics,” the publication states.

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

“We are very pleased and proud that our MBA program is again recognized as one of the best in the country, “COBE Dean George Low said. “This is a direct result of the excellent faculty and staff who work to help students learn comprehensive business decision-making skills, and to build their expertise in innovation and analytics. The success of our MBA alumni in the business world demonstrates the excellence of the academic training that they receive at Radford University.”

The Princeton Review tallied its lists of best business schools based upon its surveys of 25,000 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."

Another student testimonial from the survey said the COBE MBA program prepares students “for work for 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."

Radford University’s MBA program has been recognized by The Princeton Review in six of the past seven years.

The Princeton Review's ranking list tallies factor in data from its surveys of business school students during the 2015-16, 2014-15 and 2013-14 academic years. The survey asked students about their school's academics, student body and campus life, and their career plans.

On average, 85 students at each business school were surveyed for the lists’ 2017 editions. All institutional data used to tally these ranking lists was collected in 2015-16, The Princeton Review said.

The book and website’s school profiles include admission, academics, financial aid, campus life and career/employment information. The profiles also include school ratings (scores from 60 to 99) in five categories based primarily on institutional data. COBE faculty scored 90 and 91, respectively, in the “interesting” and accessibility” ratings.

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

COBE began offering an online MBA program 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. The program can be completed either on-campus or online within 2 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 university 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 MBA program, call 540-831-6905, email or visit the MBA website.

Nov 7, 2016
Chad Osborne