USM Online MBA Named a U.S. News & World Report Best Program

1/8/2015 12:00:00 AM
(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The University of Saint Mary has been ranked on the “2015 Best Online Graduate MBA Programs" list by U.S. News & World Report. USM was one of only three institutions of higher learning based in the greater Kansas City area to be publicly ranked on the U.S. News list.
Only degree-granting programs offering courses entirely online were scored—using five distinct criteria:

  • Student engagement—a measure of how programs promote student participation and how accessible and responsive faculty members are to students
  • Admission selectivity
  • Peer reputation—the industry’s opinion of a school’s online MBA program
  • Faculty credentials and training
  • Student services and technology
Of the roughly 220 schools analyzed by U.S. News, only about 150 receive publicized numeric rankings. USM had its strongest showing in two key categories, including Student Engagement, and placed in the top 45 among those ranked in the Student Services and Technology Category. To see the full rankings, go to

“USM’s online MBA program is focused on student success,” said Rick Gunter, director of USM’s graduate business programs. “This ranking recognizes our strategic focus as we continue to grow and evaluate the program’s curriculum. We want all of our grads to have a strong sense of how their experience in USM’s online MBA program will impact the way they think and do business for years to come.”

USM MBA classes meet for accelerated eight-week sessions, with six start dates a year. Saint Mary offers seven MBA Concentrations:

  • Health Care Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing and Advertising Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • General Management
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Leadership and Organizational Health—modeled after the principles of renowned business expert and New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni
Besides the fully-online program, USM MBA classes are offered on-ground, or in a convenient blend of both online and on-ground at the USM campus in Overland Park, Kan.

For more information about USM’s online programs, visit or call 877-307-4915. For more on USM’s flexible MBA program or other USM graduate or degree-completion programs, go to or call 913-345-8288.

The University of Saint Mary is a Catholic co-educational applied liberal arts university founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. The University of Saint Mary main campus is located at 4100 South 4th Street, Leavenworth, Kan. USM’s Overland Park Campus near 115th and Pflumm offers evening, accelerated graduate and undergraduate degree-completion programs. The university also offers online programs. Visit for more information.