MBA students participating in on campus session

Longwood’s College of Business and Economics continues to rack up accolades with a recent spate of rankings that places the online MBA program and real estate department among the best in the country and world.

Value Colleges ranks Longwood’s accelerated online MBA program as second best in the country, and the best in Virginia, noting its low per-credit cost, experienced faculty and strong student support.

Student-faculty interaction, affordability and a top-notch, rigorous academic experience delivered where nontraditional students are.

Abbey O’Connor, assistant dean for graduate studies in the College of Business and Economics and MBA program director

“The ranking reflects the core values we built the online MBA program on—student-faculty interaction, affordability and a top-notch, rigorous academic experience delivered where nontraditional students are,” said Abbey O’Connor, assistant dean for graduate studies in the College of Business and Economics and MBA program director. “Our students often cite the richness of the curriculum and value of experienced faculty available at any time as the cornerstones of the Longwood MBA program. That most of our full-time students graduate within 15 months is testament to our strong academic support systems.”

The Value Colleges ranking is aimed at providing working adults and other nontraditional students with the information they need to choose a degree program. Factoring into their rankings are educational quality, costs and employment opportunities.

Longwood’s real estate department has climbed three spots in a recent international ranking, to No. 16 worldwide.

The journal Real Estate Literature annually ranks collegiate departments in their annual Real Estate Academic Leadership study based on the number of peer-reviewed articles published within the last four years. With just three full-time faculty, the department produces a staggering amount of research.

Working with faculty members of this caliber isn’t commonplace for undergraduate students, and to be able to assist on numerous ongoing research projects sets them up for a future of success.

Dr. Bennie Waller, professor of real estate and chair of the department of accounting, economics, finance, real estate and ISCS

“Our department’s faculty is quite prolific and shares in the experience of doing research with our undergraduate students,” said Dr. Bennie Waller, professor of real estate and chair of the department of accounting, economics, finance, real estate and ISCS. “Working with faculty members of this caliber isn’t commonplace for undergraduate students, and to be able to assist on numerous ongoing research projects sets them up for a future of success.”

The two programs collaborate within the College of Business and Economics by offering an MBA with a concentration in real estate.

That work pays off when we see students land great jobs or study at top-tier graduate schools.

Dr. Charles White, acting dean of the College of Business and Economics

“We have long known that Longwood’s business college is not only among the best in the state, but has programs that deserve national recognition,” said Dr. Charles White, acting dean of the College of Business and Economics. “Our faculty look for ways to innovate and develop programs that appeal to a wide set of potential students, all while juggling an intense class load—but that work pays off when we see students land great jobs or study at top-tier graduate schools. These rankings reflect those efforts as we build a stronger college for the future.”

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