The definitive publication for graduate business education publishes annual ranking highlighting best MBA programs delivered online

OAKLAND, CA November 08, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — Poets&Quants, the definitive online publication for business education news, has unveiled its 2022 ranking of The Best Online MBA Programs. Topping this year’s list as the #1 online MBA in the country: the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

With the increase in online MBA options in the past few years and a growing number of schools participating, Poets&Quants annual ranking of the online MBA programs has seen some significant changes in its fifth year. While Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business maintains its position at #2, Santa Clara’s Leavey School of Business moves up the charts to #3. The University of Washington Foster School of Business saw some upward movement to #4, while the Indiana University Kelley Direct program fell to #5 from the #1 position last year.

“The University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business took the top spot this year,” says Nathan Allan, who manages the ranking for Poets&Quants. “It’s the second time USC finished on top in our online MBA ranking. USC did well in each of our equally-weighted methodological categories of admissions standards, academic experience, and career outcomes.”

Poets&Quants’ top 10 online MBA programs of 2022 are:

1 University of Southern California (Marshall)
2 Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)
3 Santa Clara University (Leavey)
4 University of Washington (Foster)
5 Indiana University (Kelley)
6 University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)
7 Rice University (Jones)
8 Baylor University (Hankamer)
9 Lehigh University
10 Jack Welch Management Institute


Poets&Quants based its fifth annual online MBA ranking on three core dimensions:

1) Quality of the incoming students;

2) Graduates’ assessment of the MBA experience, both academic and extracurricular activities; and

3) Career outcomes of a program’s graduates.

Data for the ranking was gathered from both school and alumni surveys. The school survey asked for a wide variety of data points, including admission standards. The alumni survey sought recent graduates’ impressions on a range of topics, as well as whether the program fulfilled their expectations and whether they would recommend it to others.

This year Poets&Quants surveyed students graduating between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. In all, 6,824 alumni were surveyed and 1,229 responded, for an average response rate of 18%. Read more about the methodology here.

The ranking is a central feature of Poets&Quants’ comprehensive Online MBA Hub. A one-of-a-kind resource, the Online MBA Hub offers advice, rankings analysis, in-depth school profiles, and many other tools to help prospective students navigate the complex online MBA landscape. Visit the Hub at

Visit here to learn more about the 2022 Rankings and locate a specific school, and read the methodology here.

About Poets&Quants:
Poets&Quants is the leading resource for complete coverage of graduate business education. We feature multiple tools and authoritative content, including: consolidated B-school rankings, news and in-depth features, videos, podcasts, two searchable directories and events, empowering our community with information needed to make decisions along their journey from pre- to post-MBA.

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