Jan. 9, 2018
Saint Vincent College’s Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence
degree program has been ranked among the top 100 in U.S. News and World Report’s
Best Online Non-MBA Business Graduate Programs in new rankings announced today.
“We are thrilled that Saint Vincent is ranked among the top 75 out of more than 150 ranked programs,” Dr. Michael J. Urick, assistant professor of management and operational excellence and director of the graduate degree program, reported. “Saint Vincent’s Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence program is ranked alongside of, and in many instances, ahead of many respected institutions both regionally and nationally that have been doing online business education for quite some time. We’re about right in the middle of the list which is quite remarkable given that we are one of the few programs of our size that are ranked as highly.”
U.S. News 2018 Best Online Graduate Business Programs rankings assess master’s-level business degree programs that are not MBA programs including degrees in accounting, finance, insurance, marketing and management. The rankings are based on student engagement, admission selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, student services and training, data reporting and peer assessments.
“We are honored to be named to yet another prestigious ranking of master’s programs in management,” commented Urick. “Our recent rankings, including this most recent one from U.S. News & World Report, are a testament to the strength of the students, faculty, curriculum and teaching methodologies of the program.”
This is the third impressive ranking that the program has received in the past two years with the others being named one of the Top 50 Best Value online Master’s in Management Programs in the country by Value Colleges and a ranking of Best Value in Master’s in Management regardless of format (online and traditional classroom-based). In addition to solid job placements and advancement opportunities of graduates of the program, the Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence program has created partnerships with area businesses such as Norma, Kennametal, Excela, Hamill Manufacturing and the Institute for Supply Management Pittsburgh Affiliate. These partners help as advisers to the program to ensure that the curriculum is applicable to business needs and also serve as conduits to provide students with hands-on managerial and continuous improvement experiences. Additionally, students in the program have also published and presented academic research in varied outlets including the Journal of Leadership and Management and the Academy of Management International Meeting, the highest regarded management academic conference in the world, among others.
“The Saint Vincent program takes an innovative approach to exploring major issues facing managers in today’s turbulent business climate. MSMOE is innovative in its approach to supplementing formal learning with a hands-on approach that provides students the tools they need to minimize waste in their organizations while increasing quality, improving efficiency and fostering employee commitment,” Urick explained. “As such, the MSMOE defines management as focusing on three interrelated areas: people, organizations and processes. Faculty in the MSMOE include leaders in their respective areas and have experience as managers, executives, researchers, business owners and consultants. Graduates of the program have consistently reported being more effective in their jobs as well as being aggressively recruited by organizations who see proper management techniques crucial to improving their operations on the path to becoming truly excellent.”
MSMOE classes can be taken either virtually in which students log-in to class sessions and participate in discussions just as they would if they were face-to-face in the classroom, or more traditionally in which students physically attend class sessions.
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