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OSU Distance Learning MBA program ranks 4th nationally

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

(October 21, 2008 Stillwater, OK) – As distance learning and online classes become more prevalent, the Spears School of Business Distance Learning programs at Oklahoma State University have moved forward and gained national attention.
The Web site recently ranked the Spears School Master of Business Administration distance learning program fourth nationally. In addition, the Web site ranked the Spears School Master of Science in telecommunications management and the Spears School Master of Science in management information systems distance learning programs fifth and eighth, respectively, among 39 national “best buys.”
“We are continually growing and trying to advance our distance programs,” said Shona Gambrell, Spears School Distance Learning program manager. “The great part about a distance MBA program is that you can take the courses anywhere there is a computer. Someone who travels, lives out of state or even outside of the United Stated would not be geographically hindered to enroll and complete our programs.”
Gambrell said the Spears School MBA distance learning program differs from other online programs because it incorporates the same teamwork focus that is found in traditional programs. She said it was developed for working professionals who already have work experience and are reaching for a higher level of education.
“Oklahoma State University and the Spears School have a long history in delivering distance education programs,” said Dr. Robert Dooley, Spears School associate dean for graduate studies and research. “We are pleased to be recognized in these rankings as validation of our commitment and dedication to making high quality graduate education more accessible to non-traditional students and working professionals.”
Distance learning is more readily available because of the growth of the Internet industry and the advent of taking college classes online, Dooley said. He went on to note the Spears School Distance Learning programs have grown immensely over the past three years.
“A major draw for our programs is any member of the Armed Forces can take our courses at a reduced rate,” Gambrell said. “The government pays the entire rate because the Spears School reduces our rate to match what the government will cover. We have become very popular lately within the military community.” is a consumer watchdog and advocacy group that rates, ranks, and verifies the cost, quality and credibility of online colleges and universities.’s goal is to inform and protect people from ‘fake’ online colleges and universities, as well as assist prospective online students.
To inquire about Spears School Distance Learning programs, call the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development at 1- 866-678-3933 or 405-744-5208 or visit

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