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Villanova School of Business Online MBA and Graduate Programs Ranked Highly by U.S. News & World Report

VSB Ranking from U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Business Programs, and the Best Online MBA ranking

Villanova, Pa., January 15, 2019 – The Villanova School of Business (VSB) was recognized among the top schools in the nation on the U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Online Graduate Business Programs, and the Best Online MBA ranking, earning the #2 and #13 ranks respectively.

VSB has consistently earned a top spot in the Best Graduate Online Business Programs since the ranking’s inception, for its Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) and Master of Science in Church Management (MSCM) programs. The MSCM is a one-of-a-kind two-year online business program designed to enable church leaders to apply sound business principles to church management-related issues and decision making. The MSA program exposes students to the entire analytics continuum to build a broad toolkit of analytics skills within the context of various business functions, enabling graduates to make informed and sustainable business decisions. Both programs were built from the ground up with input from industry experts, for a fully tailored and application-based experience.

The Villanova Online MBA program was also ranked highly, further validating the School’s ability to deliver a high-quality learning experience for students regardless of the mode of delivery. The Villanova Online MBA program provides students with real-world experience alongside traditional academics, preparing our graduates to tackle any business problem. The Online MBA offers the same curriculum, expert faculty, and NovaNation network as our top-ranked campus program in a flexible, convenient format.

Our online programs performed particularly well in the Student Engagement category, ranking #1 for our Masters in Business programs, and #19 for our Online MBA offering. This category measures the school’s ability to promote students participation and provide a rewarding learning experience in the online environment. Additionally, our Specialized Masters in Business programs earned the #9 spot for Student Excellence, which measures the academic aptitude of the incoming class. Our OMBA program performed particularly well on the Expert Opinion Score, in which schools are rated by high-ranking school officials, earning an average rating of 3.5.

Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of VSB, notes, “Success in the online environment underscores the strength of our faculty, curriculum, students and support services, which we are incredibly proud of.”

The methodology of U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of online graduate business programs emphasizes student engagement, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology capabilities. It also takes into account the reputation of the program among high-ranking business academic officials through a peer survey.

VSB is committed to providing a high-quality education and world-class student services at all levels. VSB is known for its teaching excellence, cutting edge research that has applied impact, academic rigor, and the integration of ethics and service into curricular and extracurricular experiences.

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The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #1 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and its online graduate business programs are ranked #2, and its online MBA program is ranked #13 by U.S. News and World Report. VSB has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to five Centers of Excellence – the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights and the Center for Church Management – with each designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and applied opportunities for students. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit