MBA Programs Continue to Earn National Rankings

Charlene Assam ’16 M’17 from Cameroon was among the MBA degree recipients in May.

Charlene Assam ’16 M’17 from Cameroon was among the MBA degree recipients in May. Photo: Jim Russell ’83

In an era when many schools of business struggle to attract female students, SUNY Oswego’s MBA program placed No. 5 nationally on a U.S. News Short List for enrolling the highest percentage of women—nearly 53 percent during fall 2016.

In announcing the list of just six colleges and universities with enrollments of more than half —and four with nearly half — women in MBA programs, U.S. News reported that fewer than 40 percent of full-time MBA students enrolled at ranked business schools nationally were women in fall 2016. Female students were in the minority at 122 of the 130 ranked business schools that provided gender-ratio statistics to U.S. News in an annual survey.

The affordability of a SUNY Oswego MBA took center stage in another U.S. News Short List, this one listing 10 business schools where those earning MBAs had average starting salaries well above the average amount of MBA student debt. Oswego’s salary-to-debt ratio was nearly 3:1.

SUNY Oswego’s School of Business also appears on the new U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings as the highest-ranking institution in Central New York for part-time MBA programs.

The college ranks 151st in the listing, released March 14. Oswego is one of only three public colleges in New York in the rankings — and only one of two SUNY schools, tied with SUNY at Albany at 151st.

The data for the short lists rises from U.S. News’ respected and oft-cited survey of 471 schools in its 2016 survey of business programs. Among other areas of interest to prospective students, schools self-reported myriad data regarding their academic programs and the demographic makeup of their student body.

The latest rankings join many others for SUNY Oswego’s MBA program, most notably 20th in U.S. News’ “Best Online Degree Programs: MBA” rankings, released in January 2017. In those rankings, Oswego tops all schools in New York state.

Oswego—the first comprehensive college in the SUNY system to offer an MBA degree, starting in 1997—has increased the options students have for specializing within their graduate business studies, offering MBA programs in health services administration, management and public accounting. The college also offers a variety of five-year options that combine an MBA with such bachelor’s degrees as broadcasting, psychology and public accounting.

MBA delivery options include classroom-based in Oswego and/or at SUNY Oswego in Syracuse, blended classroom-online programs and the well-regarded online MBA.

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