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Online MBA Program Adjustments Boost US News Ranking, Outreach Continues

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Ferris State University’s online instruction, in its Master of Business Administration program has seen increased attention from students participating in such learning, and added stature in the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

Alex Manga, an assistant professor of Management and the university’s MBA program director, said advancing to 83rd in the publication’s 2017 ranking of online MBA instruction is a recognition of Ferris’ consistent, quality product offered to students, along with an adjusted requirement.

“We are implementing a standardized testing requirement as part of the admissions process, since the Graduate Management Admission Test or the Graduate Record Examinations are viewed as appropriate academic standards,” Manga said. “The Ferris MBA continues to be a remarkable program, with faculty who can offer perspective as industry leaders with the ability to coach their students and improve their abilities while offering them problem solving skills.”

Manga said there are more than 20 instructors who are rich with industry and practitioner experience to offer through their classwork. The MBA program has seen a 30 percent growth in its student base in the last two years, and the U.S. News and World Report program ranking has improved from 142nd, in 2015, to 115th, in 2016, with the current tie for 83rd, which was announced recently.

“With the various study concentrations available, we can support students who are looking to advance their careers in the plastics, nursing, manufacturing and education fields, as well as those who have business-related pursuits,” Manga said. “We held an open house Wednesday, Feb. 21 in downtown Grand Rapids at the Woodbridge Ferris building. We are finding significant student interest that has come from our outreach efforts in this region. It’s been our goal to offer prospects meaningful information on the program, demonstrating how it will help them advance their education and careers.”

Manga said with the support of College of Business Dean David Nicol, further refinement of the online MBA program has been proposed.

“Though we are only at the first step in the process, there is a likelihood this degree program will be adjusted from its current 48-credit hour requirement to completion in 39 credit hours,” Manga said. “If this change does come to pass, it is likely to provide an additional boost to the stature of our online MBA program.”

Click here to watch a video detailing the Master of Business Administration program.

PHOTO CAPTION: The online Master of Business Administration program at Ferris State University was tied for 83rd in the 2017 rankings offered by the national publication, U.S. News and World Report. Shown in the above image is Alex Manga, assistant professor of Management and the university’s MBA program director.