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Master of Business and Technology ranked a Top 5 online graduate business program

Online MBT climbs to No. 4 nationally in U.S. News’ specialized master’s ranking
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 10:38am
David Dodson
Craig Piercy

A key ranking of the Online Master of Business and Technology degree at the University of Georgia rose sharply this year, landing in the top 5 of specialized master’s programs (non-MBA) ranked by U.S. News & World Reports.

The Online MBT program at the Terry College of Business is ranked No. 2 among public universities in the U.S. and No. 4 among all U.S. business schools, up from No. 17 overall in the same survey last year. The latest ranking is the highest the Terry College has recorded in the U.S. News’ annual survey of the Best Online Programs for college graduates interested in furthering their education.

The MBT degree is taught entirely through online courses, and working professionals can complete the part-time program in two years. Students learn graduate-level information systems management and leadership development.

“We geared this master’s program to prepare students to operate at the intersection of business management and information technology,” said Craig Piercy, director of the MBT program and senior lecturer in Terry’s Management Information Systems Department. “Our graduates are capable of leading teams that build technology-based solutions for companies, and they are highly sought after by employers with 100% of last year’s class employed when they completed the program.”

“Terry’s focus on market-ready skills and leadership capabilities is clearly evident in the upward trajectory of the MBT ranking and the growing reputation of all our graduate programs,” said Dean Benjamin C. Ayers. “We’re very proud of the employment outcomes for our master’s programs. The credit for this latest recognition truly belongs to the MBT program’s exceptional faculty, all of whom are at the forefront of business technology and innovation.”

The 30 credit-hour curriculum is delivered over five semesters of scheduled and self-paced coursework. Each new cohort begins classes in August, and the application period for Fall 2020 admission is open now.

“We work closely with our industry advisory board to hone the program’s curriculum to ensure great outcomes for our students,” Piercy said. “Our graduates are prepared to lead digital initiatives as business analysts, project managers or application developers. The eventual goal is for them to serve as a resource for C-suite executives for business strategy, objectives and the feasible solutions that technology can provide.”

U.S. News & World Report is the only publication to use data gathered directly from each institution to evaluate online degrees at the program level rather than the school level. Their ranking methodologies are based on several factors, including student engagement, faculty credentials, student services and technology support. Only online programs that award degrees from accredited institutions were considered for the rankings. 

The 2020 rankings evaluated more than 1,600 distance education bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. For more information, visit Best Online Programs at and UGA’s Office of Online Learning.

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