UA Online Business Master’s No. 10 in US, No. 1 in SEC

  • January 25th, 2019

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Manderson Graduate School of Business online master’s programs No. 10 in the nation and No. 1 among schools in the Southeastern Conference.

“It’s an incredible honor for our online master’s programs to earn this spot after many years of steadily rising in the ranks,” said Dr. Sharif Melouk, associate dean of Manderson. “This is the result of a lot of hard work on the part of our faculty, staff and students, all of whom have played an integral role in helping us become the best online business program in the region.”

According to U.S. News, the Manderson Graduate School of Business ranks high in what it offers to students in its online programs.

Manderson’s offerings in Operations Management, Management (global) and the Marketing Analytics specialization were assessed together for U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 list of Best Online Graduate Programs (non-MBA). One hundred and fifty-six schools were included in the 2019 rankings.

Factors that the publication used to decide rankings for 2019 include opportunities for students to engage with instructors and other students, coursework, faculty and program reputation, and students’ access to technology and support services. Manderson ranked No. 4 in Engagement and No. 7 in Student Excellence.

“This fantastic ranking doesn’t paint a complete picture of the quality of our academics and what we have to offer,” Culverhouse College of Business Dean Kay M. Palan said.

“Whether they are enrolled in an online program or are on campus here in Tuscaloosa, our students are part of an inclusive community that prizes personal as well as professional development opportunities that prepare them to become business leaders.”

Jan Jones, director of specialized master’s programs at Manderson, added, “Our students are driven to excel and they find a home in Manderson.”

For more information on the program, contact Jones at or 205-348-6517.


Zach Thomas, Culverhouse Director of Marketing and Communications,

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