Tech ranked in Fortune’s 2022 Best Online MBA Programs

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COOKEVILLE – Tennessee Tech University’s College of Business was recently named second in the state in Fortune’s list of top online programs for master’s of business administration (MBA).

“While some students were eager to return to the classroom, others realized during the pandemic that an online format fits their lifestyle best. Simply put: The pandemic was an accelerant for online education,” says the Fortune website. “That explosion in online education during the pandemic is why Fortune released its first-ever ranking of online MBA programs in 2021. Now we’re out with our 2022 list.”

Each university they contacted completed a questionnaire, which Fortune then judged on three criteria: Program score, Fortune 1000 score and Brand score in order to get the final ranking.

For the program score, Fortune took into account the average undergraduate GPA and acceptance rate of incoming students, student retention and graduation rate, and student body size. This score made up 62.5% of the total score.

The Fortune 1000 score looked at the number of each school’s MBA alumni who are C-suite executives at Fortune 1000 companies – the largest U.S. publicly traded companies ranked by Fortune. The higher the placement in the company, the higher the score. This made up 17% of the final score.

Finally, the Brand score, which made up the final 20% of the final score, interviewed 2,500 corporate professionals to get their thoughts on the schools on the list.

The MBA program at Tech consists of 10, 3-hour courses and students may also pursue academic certificates in health care, cyber management and analytics, and banking and financial services, by adding two additional 3-hours courses to their program of study. For more information on the program, visit

To see Fortune’s full list of best online MBA programs in the country, visit   

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