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UT Dallas’ Online Programs Are Among Nation’s Elite in U.S. News Rankings

Student engagement, peer reputation, and student services and technology that facilitate distance learning are some of the factors that helped place the Naveen Jindal School of Management’s online graduate programs among the country’s best, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The Naveen Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas stands among the elite institutions of higher learning in two new online rankings — and several online specialty rankings — from U.S. News & World Report.

Released on Jan. 26, the rankings place the Jindal School’s online graduate programs in the top 10 in the nation, including all four of the specialties that U.S. News listed this year.

“This is a good outcome, and I am pleased,” said Dr. Hasan Pirkul, Caruth Chair and dean of the Jindal School. “Our stance has always been to focus on the process and have faith that the results will follow. With online programs playing such a vital role in higher education during the global pandemic, these new rankings confirm that we are on the right track.”

During the past year, faculty and administrators implemented a variety of online graduate programs and other virtual initiatives that helped ease students’ transition to distance learning while COVID-19 numbers began to climb. New programs in management science, business analytics and supply chain management led the way.

Other initiatives, such as virtual interviewing and networking workshops, the JSOM Question Desk and tutorials from the Jindal School’s Business Communication Center, helped graduate and undergraduate students stay connected while they were socially distancing.

“I have had a multitude of professors and classes, which I found to be incredibly beneficial, thought-provoking and intellectual,” said Garrett Brown, who graduated in December with a Master of Business Administration from the Jindal School’s online program and works for Collins Aerospace as a senior subcontract program manager in the company’s Mission Systems division. “I have also appreciated how great a job the school has done from an online and part-time perspective.”

Garrett Brown MBA’20

Brown said that although he worked full time, UT Dallas and the Jindal School “still made the experience exceptional.”

For the rankings, U.S. News used metrics, including student engagement, peer reputation, and student services and technology that facilitate distance learning, as well as faculty credentials/training for delivering online education. The 2021 edition ranked the most online degree offerings in the publication’s history, assessing 1,641 master’s programs.

Media Contact: The Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu.