Penn State Harrisburg programs named in U.S. News & World Report top graduate schools rankings

Two Penn State Harrisburg programs have been named in the U.S. News and World Report list of top graduate schools for 2018. The MBA offered in the School of Business Administration has been included in the publication’s part-time MBA list and degrees in education offered in the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education have been named on the publication’s list of schools of education that offer a doctorate.

The Penn State Harrisburg programs are the only ones in the Capital Region in those categories to be named to the list.

In ranking part-time MBA programs, the publication examines five factors: peer assessment; students’ average GMAT and GRE scores; students’ average undergraduate GPA; average number of years of students’ work experience; and the percentage of the fall 2016 total MBA enrollment in the part-time program. The average peer assessment score was calculated from a survey of business school deans and MBA program directors at the nation’s 360 part-time MBA programs.  To be eligible for the part-time ranking, a program had to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and have at least 20 students enrolled part time in the fall of 2016.

Penn State Harrisburg’s MBA is available part-time and full-time.

"We are pleased that our program has been recognized as tops in the region," said Dr. Oranee Tawatnuntachai, the program director. "We recently implemented a new curriculum that prepares students for ever-changing industry needs. Our program has become more flexible, allowing students to fulfill their career goals and balance their life and work. We also have added more opportunities for students, including providing financial support for international study trips, which broadens their global perspective."

For education programs, U.S. News surveyed graduate programs at 379 schools granting education doctoral degrees and calculated a ranking based on several measures: program quality, based on the ratings of education school deans and deans of graduate studies and also by school superintendents, people who hire graduates, and education experts familiar with the programs; student selectivity; faculty resources; and research activity.

Penn State Harrisburg's rankings in education were based on the following degree programs: the doctoral program in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education, master's degrees in Health Education, Literacy Education, and Teaching and Curriculum, the undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, postbaccalaureate certifications, and additional certifications for educators.

“The U.S. News and World Report's rankings are one tool that prospective students, parents, and others may use to evaluate education programs,” said Dr. Catherine Surra, director of the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education. “We are pleased to see that the high quality of our programs is reflected in these rankings. Our education faculty are known for the attention they give to their students and to their research.”

More information about the rankings is here.