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CSUS online MBA affordable option for students, finds foundation
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Although only in its third academic year, the Online Master of Business Administration degree program at California State University, Stanislaus has already been ranked No. 28 out of 500 online MBA programs by the Affordable Colleges Foundation.

“Receiving a significant ranking by the Affordable Colleges Foundation is an excellent accomplishment,” said program director Katrina Kidd. “Prospective students can feel confident our program offers an excellent online education that is affordable.”

To compose this year’s rankings, the Affordable Colleges Foundations analyzed schools based on a number of factors, including student-faculty ratio for the program, number of online MBA options, and the online tuition cost of program.

“Flexibility and affordability in online MBA programs is important, but quality cannot be ignored,” said Dan Schuessler, founder and CEO of the Affordable Colleges Foundation. “The online MBA programs on our list offer students the same level of academic excellence and student support that is expected of campus-based programs.”

With a score of 89.01 out of 100, CSU Stanislaus’ Online MBA degree program was recognized for its many flexible aspects, including ongoing enrollment in fall and spring. Designed for working professionals and business executives who do not want to trivialize their jobs while pursuing a degree, the program costs $26,400.

The program features online office hours, Skype video conferencing, and Elluminate! Live virtual classroom sessions.

Second year student Elliot Thorbrogger decided to become a part of the online MBA program in hopes of inciting a career change.

“I knew that I wouldn’t be satisfied doing that type of work for the rest of my life so furthering my education and personal development became my focus,” said Thorbrogger. “I was convinced that working towards a Masters in Business Administration would be one way that I could set myself apart from the rest of the pack.”

Since enrolling in the program, Thorbrogger has been offered a position as an asset manager for a wind turbine development company in San Diego.

The online format of the MBA program has allowed Thorbrogger to continue furthering his education, while looking after operations and asset management functions for a fleet of wind turbine power plants throughout the nation.

“The flexibility that the online format provides helps me align both my career and personal development goals so that I can pursue both simultaneously,” he said.

For more information, contact the MBA program office at or 667-3280, or visit