ORONO — University of Maine online undergraduate business and MBA programs have been ranked among the best nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.

This is the first year the bachelor of science in business administration online program has been considered, and was ranked No. 40 for best online undergraduate business program.

“When you work with talented faculty and staff, you know they bring an excellent learning experience to each student, whether they are connecting online or in-person,” says Faye Gilbert, executive dean of the Maine Business School. “It is then very exciting to receive the commendation of a No. 40 ranking by U.S. News to reinforce our status as an AACSB-accredited program, and the view of quality here.”

The Maine Business School began offering a BSBA in Management as an online option for students in fall 2019. For more information about this program, visit umaine.edu/business.

The MaineMBA ranked No. 84 in online Master of Business Administration programs nationwide.

“Rankings such as these have become benchmarks for business schools across the country and around the world,” says Norm O’Reilly, dean of the Graduate School of Business. “Our MBA ranking holds steady, which we view as a very positive result given the intensifying competition and the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic to drive more and more MBA programs to the online environment.”

The Graduate School of Business currently offers 10 concentrations as part of the online MaineMBA, including business analytics, finance, outdoor industry management and public and nonprofit management.

U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on five categories, including engagement, student excellence, expert opinion, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.