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‘Fortune’ Ranks UCM Among the Nation’s Top Online MBA Institutions

By Alex Wilson, August 4, 2021

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WARRENSBURG, MO -- “Fortune Education,” an adjunct publication of “Fortune” magazine designed to provide helpful informational resources to students pursuing higher education, has ranked the University of Central Missouri as having one of the nation’s best online Masters in Business Administration programs. After being launched earlier this year, “Fortune Education” ranked the degree offered in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies among the nation’s top 100 programs, while also being the highest-ranked online MBA program in the state of Missouri.

To conduct the ranking, “Fortune Education” employed a methodology that compared institutions by several different factors. These factors included program score, a score calculated by combining data from a 29-question survey sent to universities; the average undergraduate GPA and average GMAT scores of incoming students; student retention rates; graduation rates; and student body size.

This score was combined with other factors such as alumni presence at a c-level (executive) on the Fortune 1000, brand score calculated in a similar way to commercial brands, and prestige score. These factors combined contributed to the UCM program’s placement as 69th on the list of 100 best programs. “Fortune Education” also noted high retention rates and the economical cost for college credit for those enrolled in UCM’s online MBA programs.

The online program is designed to be flexible, affordable and convenient for aspiring students. It features 10 specialized concentrations taught by veteran faculty members and business professionals, and all of these concentrations can be pursued via hybrid learning or completed 100% online.

UCM’s MBA program is accredited by AACSB International. This makes UCM one of only six Missouri universities to have both business and accounting accreditations through AACSB. As part of the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies, students can expect a program that strives for excellence, engagement, innovation and integrity.

“Being recognized by ‘Fortune’ as a Top 100 Online MBA program is a great honor.  I'm excited about the new offerings within the MBA program that we have just announced, including our expanded focus on Airport Management and Public Relations,” Associate Professor and MBA Director Dan Jensen said. “Both additions are unique and will allow us to extend the success of our online MBA program well beyond the region. We have also added new course delivery options that allow students to participate in a live class from any remote location with an internet connection.”

For more information, or to apply for admission, contact  Jensen at, or visit the program website



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