College of Business

JMU InfoSec MBA Program Earns National Recognition


best online programU.S. News & World Report ranks the InfoSec program #12 in U.S.; #3 in student engagement

The JMU College of Business Information Security (InfoSec) MBA program has once again been ranked in the top 15 programs in the nation for best online MBA programs by U.S. News & World Report. JMU is ranked #12 this year; it is the top ranked program in Virginia. And, the InfoSec Program has been ranked #3 in student engagement!

Dean Mary Gowan says of this accolade, “We are honored to once again have our InfoSec MBA recognized as a top online graduate business program.  This ranking is a result of the quality of instruction provided by our outstanding faculty and the caliber of students we attract, as well as the leadership provided by Dr. Mike Busing, Director of MBA Programs.” 

Busing adds,“This ranking is indicative of our continued commitment to excellence in the online Information Security MBA program. Our faculty and students are a dedicated group of individuals who constantly explore innovative ways to improve the offering. We look forward to another exciting year of outstanding faculty and student achievement.”

The 2015 Best Online MBA Programs ranking evaluates schools based solely on data related to their distance education MBA programs. In the past, U.S. News had combined MBA programs and all other online business master's degree programs for a single ranking. This year, non-MBA business degrees, in areas such as finance, marketing and management, have been assessed separately by U.S. News for a different ranking.

The scoring for the new ranking places greater weight on reputation and admissions selectivity. A program’s rank is based on five general categories:

  • Student Engagement (28 percent)
  • Admissions Selectivity (25 percent)
  • Peer Reputation (25 percent)
  • Faculty Credentials and Training (11 percent)
  • Student Services and Technology (11 percent)

Click here for the full rankings and precise methodology.

Here are the top 16 schools among the 195 ranked programs:

2015 Best Online MBA Graduate Business Programs

1 Indiana University-Bloomington (Kelley)
1 Temple University (Fox)
1 University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)
4 Arizona State University (Carey)
4 University of Florida (Hough)
6 University of Texas - Dallas
7 Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)
7 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus
9 North Carolina State University (Jenkins)
10 Auburn University
10 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
12 James Madison University
12 Arkansas State University - Jonesboro
12 Lehigh University
12 University of Massachusetts - Amherst (Isenberg)
16 Ball State University (Miller)
16 University of Mississippi

Additionally, in the category of Best Part-Time MBA Programs, JMU tied at No. 81 with four other schools – Elon University, Gonzaga University, University of Portland and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Click here for more information. 

Published: Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Last Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2016

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