Creighton and the Heider College of Business have historically fared well in school rankings due to high quality faculty, staff and programming; engaging students; active and supportive alumni and strong community partners. This year is no different.
U.S. News and World Report released its 2019 rankings, which evaluated more than 1,200 online education programs. The Heider College of Business placed 17th in Best Online MBA and 20th for Best Online Graduate Business Programs, (excluding MBA). Additionally, Creighton ranked in the top 10, coming in at No. 9 for Best Online Graduate Business Programs for Veterans, excluding MBA, and No. 9 for Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans. Learn more about our Graduate programs.
Only degree-granting programs at regionally accredited institutions offering courses entirely online were considered. U.S. News based its rankings on a myriad of factors, including reputation, student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student excellence, technology peer review from fellow higher education institutions.
“We believe that the attributes measured by U.S. News to rank schools are actually outcomes themselves,” says Todd Darnold, PhD, the Charles ‘Mike’ Harper Chair in Business Leadership and associate dean for graduate programs. “We are ecstatic that we have been able to attract and retain superlative teachers and scholars who care deeply for our students. We are proud to attract amazing students who we believe have the ability and motivation to make an enormous impact on their organizations, industries and communities. And we appreciate the generous support from donors that facilitates our ability to provide a world-class educational environment.”
Darnold says the success the Heider College of Business has enjoyed stems from people – the students who choose Creighton for their graduate business education and the faculty and staff who serve them.
What draws these people to the University? Creighton’s learning context, he says, which uses its Jesuit heritage to inspire learning and challenges its graduates to promote justice and use their business knowledge toward the greater societal good.
Drawn to Creighton’s reputation and the flexible online format, the University’s graduate business students come from all over the United States.
“We aim to meet our students where they are at, and this increasingly means flexibility both in terms of our curriculum and our delivery mechanism,” says Darnold.
Flexibility is also important to veterans who are returning to school to obtain advanced degrees. Faculty and staff build curriculum according to veterans’ needs and often go the extra mile to schedule around students’ Reserve and National Guard deployments and assignments.
Mark Turner, director of Creighton’s Military and Veterans Affairs Office, says that because veteran students are most concerned about cost, his office “has coordinated a robust Yellow Ribbon program and a process that seamlessly integrates the campus and VA offices to ensure prompt, accurate and timely payments of housing, books and tuition.” Since most veteran students are online, Turner’s office commits to resolving student questions and concerns with a 48-hour window, irrespective of time zone difference.
Darnold says the Heider College of Business will continue to grow online enrollments for both traditional and veteran students and look for new opportunities to develop online learners in the Creighton tradition.