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Cumberlands’ executive PhD in business (finance specialty) was recently ranked No. 1 in the nation.

University of the Cumberlands’ executive PhD in business (finance specialty) was recently ranked No. 1 in the nation by Forbes Advisor. The university’s online PhD in business (strategic focus in management) made a similar list by Forbes, ranking No. 1 in the state, fourth in the nation.

Forbes Advisor noted that these degree programs are among the most advanced anyone can receive in the field and that a PhD with a financial focus can prepare students for “various specialized, high-level roles in financial management” and more, while earning a PhD with a business management focus prepares students for “high-level roles in research, academic, or consulting.”

To complete its ranking, the organization weighed schools based on multiple points within the four categories of student experience, credibility, student outcomes, and affordability.

“We innovate our business programs constantly to ensure we are providing the highest quality programs to our students while still offering one of the lowest price points nationwide,” said Dr. Daniel Kanyam, director of the graduate business school at the university. “It’s rewarding to receive recognition like this for the caliber of our programs, especially considering our students’ experiences and outcomes were taken into account to determine the ranking. Students are at the center of everything we do at Cumberlands.”

Cumberlands’ No. 1 national ranking for its PhD in business (finance) program outranked schools such as Texas Tech University, Kansas State University, and National University. Meanwhile, the university’s ranking for online PhD in business management outranked schools like Bellevue University, Troy University, and Indiana State University.

University of the Cumberlands offers entirely-online graduate programs as well as executive graduate programs offered in a hybrid format. Over the past few years, the Plaster Graduate School of Business at Cumberlands has significantly expanded its academic offerings, beginning new programs in entrepreneurship, business analytics, healthcare administration, and supply chain management, as well as a blockchain certificate program and a financial management certificate program. To learn more about these and other business programs at Cumberlands, visit www.ucumberlands.edu/academics