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Report: JWU, Salve among best online MBA programs in nonprofit management

Johnson & Wales University’s College of Management and Salve Regina University’s Center for Adult Education are included in a list of the top 20 online MBA programs in nonprofit management, according to the Online MBA Today website.

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Report: JWU, Salve among best online MBA programs in nonprofit management

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PROVIDENCE – Johnson & Wales University’s College of Management and Salve Regina University’s Center for Adult Education are included in a list of the top 20 online MBA programs in nonprofit management, according to the Online MBA Today website.

For the ranking, the website reviewed 390 online MBA school programs, vetting them on the basis of a good business management foundation, along with a concentrated curriculum in nonprofit management.

Each program was then ranked based on estimated online MBA tuition cost; regional and business accreditations; estimated early career salary; prestige and overall graduation rates. Data from PayScale, U.S. News and World Report, Princeton Review, the Financial Times, Quacquarelli Symonds, and the National Center for Education Statistics was used, according to the website. Information was gathered for each online MBA degree, weighted equally, and averaged to find the top online MBA programs in nonprofit management, the website said.

Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business in Stillwater, Okla., took first place, followed by Regent University’s School of Business & Leadership in Virginia Beach, Va., in second place, and Marylhurst University’s School of Business in Marylhurst, Ore., in third place.

JWU’s program, designed to be completed within 18 months or 15 months using an accelerated program, ranked seventh, and was lauded by the website for its low tuition cost and high graduation rates.

The 54-63 hour program is priced at $438 per credit hour making the total cost of tuition $23,652, the website said. JWU’s main campus is in Providence, but the more than 15,000 students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees from the school also have access to campuses located in Miami; Denver; Charlotte, N.C., and “virtually anywhere on the planet through online distance education,” it said.

Salve, which is in Newport, ranked eighth. It said this 36-credit hour online program has the best graduation rate among all schools on the list at 72 percent, and said the cost per-credit-hour for the program is $510, making the total cost of tuition $18,360.

Online MBA Today, citing federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data, said the nonprofit sector employs nearly 11.5 million professionals across the country.

“An online MBA with a focus in nonprofit management can provide a flexible and rich experience full of training and insight into this exciting sector. The curriculum within these programs will cover the foundational business and management topics important to any MBA program and then dive into the complex world of nonprofit management,” the website said.

Also included on the list were:

  • Endicott College Van Loan School, No. 4, Beverly, Mass.

  • New England College School of Graduate and Professional Studies, No. 14, Henniker, N.H.

  • New England College of Business, No. 19, Boston

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