Auburn Online MBA program earns third consecutive national top 10 ranking

Published: October 15, 2019
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The Online MBA program at Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business is ranked among the nation’s top 10 for a third consecutive year. Poets & Quants, a leader in online coverage of graduate business education, announced Monday, Oct. 14, that Auburn’s Online MBA program is No. 8 nationally for 2020.

“We give our students an outstanding transformational experience at a price that provides a very quick and high return on investment,” said Stan Harris, associate dean for graduate and international programs in the Harbert College of Business. “Perhaps most importantly, at $35,100, our online MBA is very competitively priced—consistent with Auburn University’s land-grant mission.”

Strengths of Auburn’s Online MBA program include flexibility and adaptation.

“There is not a one-sized MBA candidate,” said Jim Parrish, director of MBA programs in the Harbert College of Business. “Each student has professional and personal demands that are unique to each, therefore it takes a suite of program offerings that create the best fit for the needs of each type of student.

“The market for online MBA programming is moving at a rapid pace. Business schools need to be quick to adapt to how new technologies are making an impact in graduate business education. At the Harbert College of Business, we believe that enrollment growth for online programs will continue and we have invested in personnel, facilities and resources that will position us to meet market demand.”

Methodology used to determine the rankings included admissions standards, MBA program experience and student outcomes. Admissions standards are based on school-reported data for students enrolling during the 2018-19 academic year. Data includes average undergraduate GPA, average work experience, acceptance rates and GMAT scores.

Academic experience and career outcomes categories were based on an alumni survey of the most recent graduating classes.

How does Auburn’s Online MBA program stand out? “We do not outsource our teaching,” Harris said. “Auburn faculty who teach in our full-time program also teach in our online program. Unlike some other programs which simply use voice-over-PowerPoint or only assigned readings, our students see and hear faculty in front of a live MBA class or experience studio-produced content. They are with students throughout a course providing content and interaction."

More information about Auburn’s Online MBA is available on the website or by contacting MBA Admissions Advisor Julie Vaught at 334-844-4060 or

Auburn University's Harbert College of Business provides its students with an innovative-yet-practical education focused on career readiness. The college's degree programs in accountancy, business analytics and supply chain management lead the nation. Its research centers in supply chain management and radio frequency identification (RFID) technology guide the Fortune 100. Harbert's pioneering online education programs offer value and flexibility. The college's nationally recognized faculty produce research that informs and responds to today's business trends. Learn more at the Harbert College of Business website.