First MBA Ranking the Most Reputable Online and Distance-Learning Programs

LONDON, July 17, 2012/PRNewswire/AsiaNet Pakistan/ –The first QS Distance Online MBA Ranking released today on  is based on six indicators found to be the most important for MBA students: employability, establishment date, student quality, faculty and teaching, class experience and diversity.

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The methodology is designed to identify the best of the accredited online and distance-learning programs available, whilst also providing a listing of other reputable options.

Top 5 of the 2012/2013 QS Distance Online MBA Ranking

Rank                               Business school                  
 1                              IE Business School               Global MBA
 2                         Warwick Business School MBA by Distance Learning
 3                      Manchester Business School               Global MBA
 4         Thunderbird School of Global Management        Online Global MBA
 5   Indiana University, Kelley School of Business        Kelley Direct MBA

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Nunzio Quacquarelli, editor of the TopMBA Career Guide says “The popularity of this form of study is increasing among candidates and MBA employers. While distance online MBAs provide a very different experience to the traditional full -time MBA, they give access to business education to a wider and growing motivated work-force who are seeking a life-style education, a way to learn essential managerial skills which fits with the reality of their lives.”

The QS Distance Online MBA Rankings inclusion criteria require business schools or individual programs to be accredited by a recognised accreditation body, to have graduated at least one class and to have an established reputation among MBA employers according to the QS Global Employer Survey.


  Vision     Weighting    Description                                     Inputs
  Employability    30% MBA Employers'                  QS Global Employer Survey
                        perception of
                       the school and
    Well           15%       Based on       Accreditation from an internationally
 Established           accreditation,               recognised accreditation body
                       length of time                 Number of enrolled students
                         established,                  Program establishment date
                        and number of

   Student                Comparative  Students' average years of work experience
 Quality          15%  quality of MBA                     Applicant/student ratio
                       students based                          Average GMAT score
                       on experience,             % of students with first degree
                           and school

  Faculty &       15%       Number of                       Faculty/student ratio
  Teaching              faculty and %             Full time/adjunct faculty ratio
                           of faculty                     Student completion rate
                          involved in
                        teaching, and
                       the quality of
                         they deliver  

   Class                   Day-to-day                Level of student interaction
 Experience         15% experience of                        Amount of group work
                          student and           Opportunity for physical meet-ups

                         Diversity of          Number of nationalities represented
 Diversity         10%      MBA class                % of MBA class that is female

The top 15 QS Distance Online MBA ranking can be viewed on

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds