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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 6:09am

Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology ranked seventh in the "Top 25 Online MBA Programs for 2016," by The Princeton Review, this year in partnership with Entrepreneur magazine.

Saunders College online Executive MBA program earned the same placement as last year in Princeton Review's comprehensive rankings of online MBA programs.

"The online Executive MBA is a signature program of Saunders College and we are pleased that its reputation continues to garner exceptional rankings," said Saunders College Dean Jacqueline Mozrall. "Guided by an innovative and dedicated program staff, our outstanding faculty provide a rich and engaging learning environment. Strong faculty and student connections are an integral and carefully crafted part of our cohort-based online Executive MBA experience."

The Princeton Review chose the Top 25 based on its ranking from a 2016 survey of more than 3,800 online MBA students from more than 90 schools. The full rankings will be available in the October issue of Entrepreneur, available on newsstands Sept. 27.

According to one Saunders online Executive MBA student, "This is an intense program that prepares students with unimaginable leadership capabilities," while another mentioned, "innovation, product management, marketing and analytical" skills as part of the program's strengths.

Saunders online Executive MBA program was cited for its "challenging and selective" accelerated program which offers a "seamless experience" with "great support," "excellent faculty," and that "RIT has really set the bar in terms of technology."

Saunders College is accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and offers the Executive MBA program as a customizable degree with flexible scheduling options and access to a dedicated MBA career services advisor, as well as free lifetime access to RIT's Career Services.

"As we tell our students during the application process, there are easier ways to get an MBA," said Martin Lawlor, director of the Executive MBA program at Saunders College. "So it is especially gratifying to see recognition at the national level of our students' commitment to their own professional development, as well as evidence of our faculty's high-touch engagement with their students."

Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review, said, "Each of our top 25 schools offers a first-rate online MBA program. For working professionals unable to move to a 'brick and mortar' campus for an MBA, these schools offer an opportunity to learn from some of the world's best b-school professors and earn the degree from anywhere in the world."

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