USM Online MBA Program Included in Fortune’s Inaugural Rankings

The University of Southern Mississippi’s online Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program is included among the nation’s best in the inaugural rankings recently released by Fortune. USM ranks No. 56 out of the 104 schools listed.

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, many MBA classrooms moved from physical to virtual. While the end of the pandemic will bring back the classroom for some students, other MBA seekers still prefer online options. Through conversations and surveys of prospective students and current business leaders, Fortune concluded that online MBA education will only get bigger. Thus, the publication built its first-ever ranking of the nation’s Best Online MBAs.

The USM program is administered through the College of Business and Economic Development. Mrs. Heather Sison, MBA director, says that USM’s inclusion in the new rankings validates the efforts being made by faculty and students in the program. A total of 126 students were enrolled in USM’s online MBA program this spring.

“We are excited for the Southern Miss MBA program to be included in Fortune’s first-ever ranking of the nation’s best online MBA programs,” said Sison. “We are honored to be No. 56 out of the 104 online MBA programs across the country that were ranked this year. This recognition confirms the quality education provided by our faculty and the success of our alumni.”

Fortune invited more than 200 online MBA programs to participate in the rankings. In all, 104 programs completed the comprehensive questionnaire. That information, along with data collected from companies and executives, was used as the core of the publication’s rankings. The final rankings are made up of four components: Program Score, Fortune 1000 Score, Brand Score, and Prestige Score.

To learn more about the online MBA program at USM, call 601.266.4659 or visit:


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The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit


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