U.S. News: JMU MBA In Top 10

Online Grad Program Ninth Out Of 170-Plus

Posted: January 11, 2014

HARRISONBURG — Making a huge leap from last year, an online MBA program at James Madison University has been ranked in the top 10 among other online graduate business programs nationwide.

U.S. News and World Report ranked the College of Business’ Information Security MBA program ninth among more than 170 other schools. Last year, it was ranked 49th.

“I thought we had a pretty good chance of doing very well, but I will say that I was very pleased to see that we were in the top 10,” said Michael Busing, director of MBA programs at the College of Business. “It was a nice surprise.”

The ranking, which is a fairly new one, is based on student engagement, services and technology, schools’ reputations as determined by peer institutions, faculty expertise and admissions selectivity.

Since last year, the school has significantly increased its visibility and improved its reputation, Busing said. He also credited the faculty in the program with the success.

The information security program was established in 1997 and became online-only in 1999. Students, mostly working professionals, learn to create secure modern information infrastructures and systems.

Busing has taught in the program since it became an online-only program 14 years ago, and he has seen it come a long way. The InfoSec MBA was one of the early pioneers in online education, Busing said.

“When we first started doing this, the technology was so poor that it was almost like you were in a chatroom,” he said. “Today, we have the ability for audio, video, we can share applications from our desktop with our students.”

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