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MBA Programs Place in Several of Princeton Review's Ranking Lists

The Princeton Review recommends Rawls College as an excellent choice for any student interested in earning their MBA.

Jacob Gordon  |  February 20, 2023

The Jerry S. Rawls College of Business is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review. Both the on-campus and online MBA programs were included in several of the company's prestigious rankings of the best MBA programs for 2023. The Online MBA program ranked No. 22 overall on the “Top 50 Online MBA Programs for 2023” list. The STEM MBA program was included in The Princeton Review's on-campus lists, coming at No. 10 for “Best Campus Environment,” No. 5 for “Most Competitive Students” and No. 3 for “Greatest Resources for Minority Students.”

“The rise of our online MBA program in the rankings since we launched in 2018 demonstrates that a quality program with the Texas Tech Rawls brand has found an important place in what is a crowded market,” said Margaret L. Williams, dean of Rawls College. “A focus on quality faculty, consistent course delivery based on best practices for online learning, and support from our Graduate Programs Office allows us to attract top students committed to learning and advancing their careers.”

The Princeton Review created its online MBA program ranking list based on data from their 2021-22 surveys of administrators at more than 154 business schools offering online MBAs. These surveys requested data about a school's admissions, selectivity, faculty training, technological infrastructure, graduation rates and career outcomes.

Additionally, surveys from more than 9,600 students enrolled in the online MBA programs were also taken into consideration. The survey asked students to rate their satisfaction regarding academics, faculty, technology platforms, fellow students and other topics.

According to The Princeton Review, several student respondents praised the online MBA program for its flexibility, especially for working professionals.

Two key factors that make the Online MBA program so flexible are its self-paced learning design and its flexible entry. Students can earn their degrees through full- or part-time enrollment, depending on their availability. Students can also begin their coursework at the start of any semester; they don't have to wait for a new academic year to begin.

For its on-campus rankings, The Princeton Review created its 2023 list based on data from surveys of administrators at business schools during the 2021-22 academic year. The administrator survey included more than 300 questions and covered topics from academic offerings and admission requirements to data about current students and graduates' employment.

The Princeton Review also sent out a 90-question survey to over 20,000 students across 243 business schools. The student survey included topics such as their school's academics, student body and campus life.

Williams sees the on-campus rankings of the STEM-MBA program indicative of the type of culture students can expect when they attend Rawls College.

“I am proud of the growing diversity within our MBA program and that all students experience a sense of inclusion and belonging here," said Williams. “Current students are positive about Lubbock, support from the campus community, and the level of engagement of their fellow students in program activities.”

Within The Princeton Review's released data, one student respondent commented on the level of support they received from Rawls College.

“The administration is a joy to work with,” wrote the respondent. “If you have any questions about courses, registration, etc., they respond quickly to emails and have an open-door policy.”

Another student respondent commented on the ability to have a close relationship with faculty members.

“[Instructors] are beyond knowledgeable in their fields and are also easy to access for questions about coursework or the job market in their particular filed,” wrote the respondent. “I have never met anyone within the program that was not willing to help students succeed.”

Many courses in the STEM MBA program utilize a combination of case studies, seminars, guest speakers and team projects to help students better connect theory to real-world experiences. The courses help students overcome common types of uncertainty faced in the business world, including informational, relational, and resource uncertainty.

Rawls College offers several paths to an MBA including: a STEM MBA, an online MBA, several dual-degree MBAs and a professional MBA. The professional MBA is now available in Dallas/Fort Worth, Lubbock, Houston and Marble Falls , Texas.

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