U.S. News ranks B&E #5 in Best Online Business Programs for veterans

May 9, 2013

The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics (B&E) has again received national recognition for its commitment to the military.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked B&E #5 in the nation in the Best Online Programs for Veterans for its online MBA program. This national ranking comes on the heels of a #9 national ranking for B&E by Bloomberg Businessweek in April for its undergraduate return on investment (ROI), a #12 national ranking in March by Military Times in the "Best for Vets: Business Schools" list and a #29 national ranking by U.S. News in its 2013 Best Online Graduate Business Programs in January.

U.S. News ranked 153 qualifying online degree programs in the categories of bachelor's degree, as well as master's degree categories of business, engineering, nursing and education.

"We are very happy to be ranked so highly by U.S. News & World Report for our online MBA program for veterans," said Jose "Zito" Sartarelli, Milan Puskar Dean, WVU College of Business and Economics. "This ranking reflects our commitment to the relationship we have with the military and veterans, and will only serve as a catalyst for us to do even more in the future."

Criteria for this most recent ranking included:

  • offering at least one credit-granting course listed in the Defense Activities for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Catalog of Nationally Accredited Distance Learning Programs;
  • belonging to an institution that is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium;
  • belonging to an institution certified for the GI Bill; and
  • belonging to an institution participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program

"The College has made a concerted effort to reach out to the veterans and military, and to provide a high quality online education to this very special group of people. It is an honor and a privilege to have veterans in our online classrooms, and U.S. military veterans throughout West Virginia and around the world will receive the top-notch business education they deserve from us," Sartarelli said.

WVU was also ranked in the master's degree categories of nursing (#3) and education (#5).

"WVU's College of Business and Economics has made an indelible statement to the members of the United States Armed Forces by offering a superior online MBA program that transcends geographical boundaries and helps to shape the future of our nation's heroes," said Frank Vitale. Vitale, Senior Vice President with West Virginia-based Clear Mountain Bank, is a West Virginia Army National Guard veteran, chairman of the B&E MBA Advisory Board and an assistant adjunct professor at the College.

"By offering online access, veterans can take advantage of a graduate education in business from a nationally recognized program," Vitale said. "Under the leadership of Dean Sartarelli, B&E has delivered a strong commitment to our military. As a proud military veteran and college alumnus, I salute the College of Business and Economics for this achievement."