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Bookmark and Share Ranks FSU’s Online MBA a Top-10 Program for Second Time

For the second time,, the consumer guide to online colleges, has ranked Frostburg State University’s online MBA program a top-10 Best Buy nationally among online business schools that hold AACSB International accreditation.

“’s ranking reflects the extraordinary value that FSU’s online MBA program represents,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “We consistently strive to offer our students a quality education, as evidenced by our AACSB accreditation, while making it as affordable as possible for them to reach their goals.”

FSU moved up one step to number eight in the rankings, which come out every two years.

“FSU’s rating as a Best Buy among online MBA programs honors the university as a nationally ranked leader in the field of online education,” said Vicky Phillips, founder of “Their online master’s in business administration program offers a top-quality education not just to the residents of Maryland but also to all online students nationwide. The College of Business at Frostburg is a laudable model for how public universities can, with leadership and determination, combine the quality of a traditional residential university with cutting-edge technology to better serve America’s business professionals.

“I am proud to say that the faculty of the College of Business is committed to excellence in the quality of our online MBA program,” said Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi, dean of the FSU College of Business. “We follow numerous steps to ensure that issues and concerns of students and faculty are addressed. Our graduate faculty also receive support to further their knowledge of online teaching techniques, and they regularly share this knowledge and ideas for improvement with one another. Faculty’s effort to continuously improve the quality of our online MBA program never stops, because we are committed to offer our MBA students a high-quality graduate education at the most affordable price.”

FSU’s MBA was offered fully online for the first time starting in fall 2010. All courses are still available in face-to-face format as well. Since the fully online option has become available, enrollment in FSU’s MBA program has nearly tripled, to 313 in fall 2012.

“In today’s highly complex global environment, earning a graduate degree that is based entirely on face-to-face class participation is almost impossible for many citizens of the world,” Tootoonchi said. “Our faculty developed a plan that provides students, regardless of their location, the opportunity to obtain a master of business administration degree through online learning without compromising our continuous commitment to high-quality education.”

“At Frostburg State University online courses are the same as those experienced by classroom business students, ensuring a unique level of instructional quality not found in all online business programs,” Phillips said. “Additionally, FSU’s online MBA program costs only a third of the national average, making FSU an undisputed leader in the movement to leverage online learning to create a more affordable education system that sacrifices nothing in terms of quality.”

The average cost of a distance learning MBA, according to GetEducated’s national survey, which included 85 AACSB-accredited business schools offering 135 distance MBA degrees, is $36,166. estimates the cost of an FSU online MBA at $12,132 for Maryland residents and $14,616 for those from other states.

To view the online MBA-AASCB rankings at, visit

All programs offered by FSU’s College of Business are accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. For more information about FSU’s MBA program, call the Office of Graduate Services at 301-687-7053, email or visit

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Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate. -end-

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