Longwood University’s online graduate business programs have been ranked among the best nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

The programs were ranked 62nd among the 239 online programs that offer a master’s degree in business. Only one Virginia school ranked higher than Longwood. The most important factors in the rankings, released Jan. 8, were student engagement, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.

"When we transitioned to online delivery four years ago, I was confident that we could build strong online MBA programs," said Abbey O’Connor, Longwood’s MBA director and assistant dean of the College of Business and Economics.

"Our ranking by U.S. News & World Report is confirmation of the quality of Longwood’s online MBA programs. I am proud of the dedication and hard work of our MBA team, including our distinguished faculty, expert staff and incredible students."

Longwood’s MBA programs include concentrations in general business, retail management and, beginning this fall, real estate. All of the concentrations are online. The concentrations in real estate and retail management are probably the only online MBA programs in those areas in Virginia and among only a few online programs in the country accredited by AACSB International, the most prestigious accrediting agency for schools of business.

Though all courses are delivered online, students are required to come to campus once each year for a residency in which they network with other students, work face-to-face with faculty and learn from industry experts and other guest speakers.

"Our students tell us that the reasons they select our MBA are the AACSB accreditation, being online and our on-campus summer residencies," said O’Connor.

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