The first global ranking of accredited online MBAs has been released this week, with the Madrid-based Insituto de Empresa Business School ranked at number one.

The QS 2012 Distance Online MBA rankings examined a number of factors such as employability, class experience and diversity, with all institutions required to be accredited by one of the three main MBA accreditation bodies.

The Warwick Business School MBA by distance learning and the Manchester Business School Global MBA course came second and third.

Schools were ranked according to the factors deemed most important to potential students, with future job opportunities, return on investment and the quality of teaching all featuring.

The digital revolution has made the provision of online MBA courses grow rapidly, with many business schools offering distance learning courses. There has also been an explosion in the number of for profit only courses offered online.

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Distance learning and online MBA courses are becoming more popular as students look to get as much value as possible from their business degree and employers become increasingly open to students with online MBA qualifications.

The survey comes after the Association of MBAs revealed that distance learning courses had enrolled more students in the UK than any other mode of delivery each year since 2009.

Top ten 2012/13 QS Distance Online MBA Ranking providers

  1. 1. Instituto de Empresa Business School
  2. 2. Warwick Business School
  3. 3. Manchester Business School
  4. 4. Thunderbird School of Global Management
  5. 5. Indiana University
  6. 6. Imperial College London
  7. 7. Durham University  
  8. 8. Euro MBA
  9. 9. Penn State University
  10. 10. Temple University

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