Eastern Michigan University College of Business named among nation’s best for 18th consecutive year by The Princeton Review

Eastern Michigan University College of Business named among nation’s best for 18th consecutive year by The Princeton Review

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University's College of Business has been named one of the nation’s best graduate business schools for the 18th consecutive year by The Princeton Review. 

Eastern was one of 241 business schools nationwide named to the “Best Business Schools” list. The list, which identifies universities with the best on-campus MBA, is based on a combination of institutional and student survey data, including career outcomes, admissions selectivity, and academic rigor, among others.

The EMU College of Business has more than 2,400 students pursuing one of 14 majors or an MBA, masters of information systems, masters of integrated marketing communications, masters of human resources and organizational development, masters of accounting, masters of taxation, or a graduate certificate. 

Student surveys play a role in rankings

The Princeton Review bases its rankings of business schools on school-reported data along with feedback from students and administrators. The survey asked students about Eastern’s academics, student body, campus life, and themselves and their career plans. 

Comments from students, as posted on The Princeton Review site, include:

  • With its convenient location, “experienced professors,” and “low tuition,” the MBA program at Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business offers a great return on investment. “Designed for working professionals,” EMU’s courses are offered in the evenings, on the weekends, via the internet, and through hybrid online/classroom delivery. The format is totally flexible, and students can take as little as one class per semester and up to a full course load. While balancing a career and an education can be tricky business, students say EMU “provides great support for students and overall great atmosphere of learning.”
  • At EMU, “most of the professors are amazing,” with close to 100% of the school’s faculty holding the highest degree available in their field. Graduate class sizes average fewer than 20, which allows students to “work directly with professors who provide PhD-level class time, rather than having to work through a teaching assistant.” The result is a dynamic classroom environment in which discussion is encouraged and “professors challenge you to develop your own opinions regarding global business and economies.” In addition to the professors, there are “lots of diverse work experience among the students,” adding even more depth to the academic environment. Real-world applications are stressed in the classroom.
  • Catering to its diverse student body, EMU offers specializations in a variety of business fields, including business analytics, e-business, entrepreneurship, internal auditing, international business, management, and nonprofit management, as well as the opportunity to pursue a general MBA with no particular specialization (in that case, students can take a range of elective coursework to meet the units required for graduation).
  • Students say it’s “great to interact with other professionals” at the College of Business, describing their classmates as “career-oriented” and ambitious, yet “easy to get along with.” For students on the main campus who’d like to branch out socially, there are “a number of clubs available for those who have time,” including an MBA Association.
  • Located in the suburban community of Ypsilanti, the EMU campus is “very convenient” to both Ann Arbor and Detroit, and these two cities provide endless cultural, entertainment, food, and nightlife options. Drawing from the greater metropolitan area, EMU’s College of Business is incredibly “multicultural,” with students from a range of backgrounds and levels of experience.

EMU College of Business overview

Eastern’s College of Business seeks to support the economic development of Southeast Michigan and beyond. Its stated mission is to develop outstanding business professionals through a rigorous, applied educational experience and foster behavior growing from corresponding values such as integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, respect, learning, work ethic, diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability.

Business professionals learn from faculty representing various specialties – some highly regarded as authors and co-authors of scholarly journal articles and textbooks. Recently, an article authored by Ken Lord, dean of the College of Business, was recognized as one of the 10 most influential articles to appear in the Journal of Advertising from 1991-2000, according to The Journal of Advertising. 

Appealing to students at all career stages

EMU's College of Business offers graduate programs for students at any stage of their career. Classes may be taken full-time or part-time, and optionally online or through a hybrid of online and in-class coursework.

Please visit the website to learn more about EMU’s College of Business.

The Princeton Review is also known for its personalized classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring, and other education services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University.

Please visit the website to learn more about EMU’s College of Business.

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 16,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

February 25, 2022

Written by:
Victoria Scott

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