Real estate faculty, online MBA program rank among the best

Longwood’s real estate faculty and its MBA program have earned recognition in recent months, one internationally and the other nationally.

The real estate faculty has earned the university a top 20 international ranking for intellectual contributions to the field. The online MBA program was, for the third consecutive year, nationally ranked by U.S. News &World Report.

“I’m pleased that our real estate faculty have been recognized by their peers for their remarkable contributions to the discipline,” said Paul Barrett, dean of the College of Business and Economics. “Our professors put out a vast amount of work while maintaining rigorous teaching schedules—a monumental task that shows their dedication to their field. Our students learn from the best—and they know it.”

The rankings, announced in the Journal of Real Estate Literature, are based on the number of articles published by the faculty of each institution in the top three peer-reviewed real estate journals—the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research and Real Estate Economics.

“Longwood’s ranking puts us in the company of several top international research universities,” said Bennie Waller, chair of the Department of Accounting, Economics, Finance, Real Estate and ISCS at Longwood. While we are active participants in the real estate field, we are most proud of and invested in involving our students in the kind of top-level research these rankings reflect.”

Also meriting attention was Longwood’s MBA program, which was ranked 79th nationally in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Online MBA Programs list. Only three Virginia universities ranked higher among the 195 ranked schools.

“I am thrilled that we’ve attained this national ranking three years in a row, which recognizes the enduring quality of our online MBA,” said Abbey O’Connor, Longwood’s MBA director and assistant dean of the College of Business and Economics.

“This is important because national rankings are one measure of a school’s reputation and image—factors that students view as important when they consider where to go.

The rankings, which can be viewed at, are based on student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.