August 29, 2016
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Jessica Pope
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VSU’s Online MBA Progams Named a 2016 Best Value

Valdosta State University's online Master of Business Administration programs are a 2016 Best Value. Pictured, from left to right, are Dr. Sanjay Gupta, associate dean of the Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration and professor of accounting; Dr. Aubrey Fowler, head of the Department of Marketing and International Business and associate professor of marketing; Dr. Karin Roland, interim head of the Department of Economics and Finance and professor of finance; Dr. Mel Schnake, director of graduate programs in business and professor of management; Dr. L. Wayne Plumly, dean of the Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration and professor of economics; Dr. Edward Walker II, head of the Department of Management and Healthcare Administration and professor of management; and Dr. Ron Stunda, interim head of the Department of Accounting and associate professor of accounting. 

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University is home to one of the best online Master of Business Administration degree programs in the nation, according to OnlineU.

To determine its rankings, OnlineU analyzed data from United States-based institutions of higher education offering at least one business degree online. The top 25 colleges and universities — chosen for their commitment to providing high quality, rigorous academics at an affordable tuition rate — made the final cut.

VSU came in at No. 11 on the 2016 Best Value Online Colleges for Business Degrees list.

Dr. L. Wayne Plumly, dean of the Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration at VSU, said, “Our programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, placing us among the top 5 percent of business colleges worldwide. We offer a challenging curriculum and essential real-life learning experiences that prepare our students for a dynamic business environment. Our students engage in research with our faculty, experience the world through study abroad and service learning activities, and develop professional skills through internships and participating in our award-winning student organizations. Through interactions with our faculty, staff, alumni, and business leaders, our students build a network of friends and colleagues that will last a lifetime.”

VSU offers an online Master of Business Administration with a concentration in health care administration. This program addresses the academic and professional expectations of those currently employed in health care administration, as well as those seeking new careers in the field. Students receive training in management, health information technology, health care finance and economics, quantitative methods, health operations management, health law and ethics, and strategic management — in addition to having their unique needs met — and graduate with the skills necessary to effectively lead a health care organization. 

VSU also offers an online accelerated Master of Business Administration through Georgia WebMBA, a consortium of six top-ranked University System of Georgia colleges and universities.

“The WebMBA is completely online except for an extensive orientation that prepares the students with the technical knowledge to succeed,” Plumly shared. “It is a cohort/team-based program that allows the same students to work together throughout their entire program. The 10 courses are taken over a five-semester span, which includes summer. Retention and graduation rates are very high, and student satisfaction is second to none. Graduates report quick promotions, greater opportunities, and significantly increased incomes as a result of completing the program.”

“Many students have commented that if not for the WebMBA program, they would not have been able to pursue an MBA,” added Dr. Mel Schnake, director of graduate programs in business and professor of management at VSU.

A product of the SR Education Group, which envisions a world where every person receives the education he or she needs to be successful, OnlineU is a free and comprehensive guide and enables students to compare all online colleges in the United States. It seeks to help driven people accomplish their education goals in a financially responsible manner and hopes to empower more Americans to go to college while lowering the overall cost of earning a degree.

Contact VSU’s Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration at (229) 333-5991 to learn more.

On the Web:

http://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/business/

http://www.onlineu.org/best-value-colleges/business-degrees

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