Appalachian again named a Tier One Global MBA program by CEO Magazine

Appalachian State University has once again been named a Tier One MBA school by CEO Magazine.

The 2020 rankings, which feature 303 MBA, executive MBA and online MBA programs from 27 countries, were determined by a scoring system that uses metrics including faculty qualifications, class size, international diversity, accreditation, faculty to student ratio and cost, among other factors.

According to the publication, the benefits attached to an MBA are well documented: career progression, networking opportunities, personal development, salary... and the list goes on. The rankings aim to cut through the noise and provide potential students with a performance benchmark for those schools under review.

"The MBA will almost certainly open doors for professional career advancement," said Walker College of Business Acting Dean Sandra Vannoy. "An MBA can increase a trajectory toward leadership positions, and we often have individuals enter the program because the MBA is necessary for promotion or salary increase."

While the publication selected Appalachian for its full-time MBA program, the university recently announced that a new, online MBA option featuring the same personal, high-quality experiences will be available beginning Fall 2020.

Related: Nationally recognized App State MBA available online in fall 2020.

"We're honored to be included again on CEO Magazine's Tier One Global MBA list," said Dr. Tim Forsyth, Director of the MBA Program. "The recognition indicates that at Appalachian, you'll not only get the close faculty-student interaction we're known for, but also a world-class education."

Appalachian was also included in the past two years' listings.

Related: CEO Magazine names Appalachian a tier one school on its 2019 Global MBA list

The complete rankings can be viewed in the latest edition of CEO Magazine, on the magazine's website, or at

About Appalachian State University's MBA Program

Appalachian State University's MBA Program provides educational experiences to prepare our students for life-long learning and professional leadership responsibilities in a dynamic global environment. The program provides individualized attention through extensive student-faculty collaboration and offers frequent networking and team building opportunities. Flexible programming allows each student to receive the best educational experience possible through full-time on-campus or part-time online programs. For more information, visit

About the Walker College of Business

The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University delivers transformational educational experiences that prepare and inspire students to be ethical, innovative and engaged business leaders who positively impact our community, both locally and globally. The college places emphasis on international experiences, sustainable business practices, entrepreneurial programs and real-world applications with industry. Enrolling approximately 3,000 undergraduates in 10 majors and 175 graduate students in three master's programs, the Walker College is accredited by AACSB International – the premier global accrediting body for schools of business. Learn more at

About Appalachian State University

As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. Learn more at

Appalachian again named a Tier One Global MBA program by CEO Magazine
Published: Mar 13, 2020 9:12am