UM-Dearborn among the best in Michigan in business, engineering

January 25, 2021

Among the accolades: The College of Business’ Online MBA is No. 1 in the state; the College of Engineering and Computer Science has two top-ranked online graduate programs.

This article was originally published on January 25, 2021.

Lists from academic ranking authorities U.S. News & World Report and Poets&Quants recognized UM-Dearborn’s programs. The U.S. News and World Report online rankings — where the organization surveyed more than 1200 online programs — were announced today; Poets&Quants released their latest rankings earlier this month.

Among the accolades: The College of Business’ online MBA is named first in the state, and College of Engineering and Computer Science’s online Master’s in Information Systems and Technology is recognized as second in Michigan. 

U.S. News & World Report, College of Business, Best Online MBA and Online Master’s Business Program, non-MBA

University of Michigan-Dearborn’s College of Business has one of the country’s top online MBA programs. COB’s online MBA program is No. 1 the state, according to 2021 rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

Nearly 250 students are currently enrolled in UM-Dearborn’s online MBA program, which is fully accredited by AACSB International and offers concentrations in finance and international business. Only 5-percent of business schools worldwide have earned AACSB accreditation. U.S. News & World Report surveyed 324 online MBA programs this year and based its online graduate programs rankings on statistical data provided by the participating institutions and peer assessment.

There’s also a top-ranked program for those looking to earn a graduate degree in business outside of the MBA program: The online Master of Science in Finance took second place among Michigan's non-MBA business programs. Also of note: Echoing UM-Dearborn’s distinction as a gold-level Veteran Friendly School, campus' online MBA program is on the “Best Online Program for Veterans” list. Read the story on the College of Business news page.

Poets&Quants, College of Business, Best Undergraduate Business School

UM-Dearborn’s College of Business’s undergraduate programs are among the best in the nation, according to Poets&Quants, a leading online publication for business education news. In a comprehensive assessment of undergraduate business programs, the publication ranked UM-Dearborn ahead of schools like The Ohio State University, Iowa State and George Washington University. COB’s program ranked 67th in the country, two places higher than last year in the list headed by Wharton and Ross business schools.

The publication compiled the 2021 rankings based on a representative survey of alumni and an extensive set of school-reported data like admission standards, academic experience and career outcomes. The Poets&Quants ranking methodology is unique because it’s developed in collaboration with business school deans and administrators. Combined, the ranked schools in this report represent the top 12% of more than 840 business schools accredited by AACSB International, the main accrediting body for business education. Learn more about the 2021 rankings methodologyRead more of the COB news site.

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U.S. News & World Report, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Best Online Master’s in Information Technology Program and Best Online Master’s Programs in Engineering 

CECS’ Online Master’s in Information Systems and Technology program earned a spot at No. 2 in Michigan, and the university’s Online Master’s Programs in Engineering ranked third among public university programs in the state.

U.S. News evaluated engineering schools on five general categories — engagement, which looks at the online education format and average degree completion time; expert opinion, which is how industry employers view the degree; services and technologies, which reviews how a campus provides learning assistance, career guidance and financial aid resources; student excellence, and faculty credentials and training.