Wednesday, April 21, 2010

TTU Distance MBA Program Gets High Rating

From Karen Lykins of the TTU Office of Communications and Marketing:

Tennessee Tech University's Distance MBA program ranks as one of the "Top 21 Best Values" in the country, according to GetEducated.com in its latest release of top Online MBA Degrees – AACSB Accredited. GetEducated.com reviewed 69 schools with online MBA programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business offering quality education to a national audience at a low cost, below $15,000. TTU's Distance MBA ranked No. 18, offering an in-state tuition just under $14,500 and out-of-state tuition for $30,900. By comparison, the average cost for an online MBA that is AACSB-accredited came in at $32,926. “Cost is the No. 1 factor that keeps working Americans from enrolling in higher education. Tennessee Tech University offers residents a chance at a high-quality graduate business degree through distance learning at less than half the cost of the national average. That’s an amazing value,” says Vicky Phillips, GetEducated.com’s founder.TTU's distance-learning approach features faculty lectures on CD-ROM combined with Internet communication among students and faculty. Case discussions, virtual project teams and other active-learning approaches are used to make a strong connection between academic subjects and the issues facing managers in today's global, highly technological business environment. "Our program has consistently been ranked in this list because we are clear in our mission to offer a quality, affordable education," said Bob Wood, College of Business associate dean and MBA Studies director. The survey results are based on a Fall 2009 survey of publicly posted tuition rates at MBA programs offered through accredited U.S. universities. TTU is among the approximately 20 percent of U.S. business schools that hold AACSB accreditation, the highest attainable level of accreditation. TTU was one of three Tennessee schools to make the Top 21 list. "Our program has a number of unique tracks for the working professional," said Wood. "We offer concentrations in accounting, finance, general management, human resources management, international business, management information systems, and risk management and insurance."