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Clarion's part-time, online Master of Business Administration program earned the ranking through's cost comparison of 69 business schools at universities in the United States that offer distance MBA programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

Clarion's online Master of Science in Library Science program earned a spot on the list through's cost comparison of 16 MSLS programs. The ranking indicates that the degree program has been independently reviewed and found to offer a high quality online degree at a cost well below the national average.

"The quality of Clarion's MBA is seen, first and foremost, in its teaching faculty. A cornerstone of the culture at Clarion University is quality teaching," said Dr. David Hartley, interim dean of Clarion University College of Business Administration. "Our faculty in the MBA program have earned their terminal degrees. MBA faculty keep pace with their discipline by regularly conducting research and publishing or presenting to national audiences."

Dr. John Groves, dean of Clarion University College of Education and Human Services, which houses the library science programs, said Clarion's MSLS program stands out because it's one of only three American Library Association-accredited library science schools in Pennsylvania; it's the fourth largest online MSLS program in the country; the faculty are diversified, highly skilled and experienced; and Clarion attracts an academically strong student body.

Both programs are ideal for adult students with other responsibilities.

"Most of the (MSLS) students are part-time - they're working librarians," Groves said.

Hartley noted that Clarion's part-time, online MBA is idea for anyone who is working or has other commitments that would inhibit participation in more traditional graduate education.

To learn more about the MBA and MSLS programs and other online educational opportunities at Clarion University, visit

Clarion University is the high-achieving, nationally recognized, comprehensive university that delivers a personal and challenging academic experience.

9/21/2012 11:02 AM

Two Clarion University online programs cited as ‘Best Buys’