Online MBA program ranked fourth in Florida, in Top 100 nationally by U.S. News & World Report

The USF St. Petersburg College of Business online MBA program is ranked in the top 100 nationally and fourth among Florida universities for Best Online Graduate Business Programs by U.S. News and World Report.

It is the first time the program, which began three years ago, has been ranked by the magazine, best known for its annual Best Colleges report, which ranked USF St. Petersburg 38th among the top regional public universities in the South last year. The online rankings were released Wednesday.

The USFSP online MBA program was one of four in Florida to make the list, joining the  University of Florida, Florida State University and Florida International. Nationally, the USFSP program placed 91st among 225 online graduate business programs in the country.

The program, the first of its kind by an accredited university in the Tampa Bay area, offers students a full array of options, including obtaining an MBA completely online or through a mixture of online and in-person classroom courses.

“The ranking by U.S. News and World Report underscores the innovative thinking that drives the College of Business,’’ said Vivian Fueyo, Ph.D., interim regional vice chancellor for academic affairs. “It reflects the excellence of our faculty and the high caliber of the students we attract.”

College of Business Dean Maling Ebrahimpour thanked the faculty and staff for its hard work and dedication. “I am proud of what they have accomplished in just three years,’’ he said. “We believe this program meets the needs of students as well as businesses seeking well-educated and prepared employees.”