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Online graduate programs make stellar showing in 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings

Jan 10, 2018

Badge-OnlinePrograms-GradBusiness-2018Excelling in student engagement, the Florida State University College of Business improved its overall standing on U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 rankings of the nation’s best online master’s degree programs.

The college’s online master’s degree in Management Information Systems (MS-MIS) and the online master’s degree in the Dr. William T. Hold/The National Alliance Program in Risk Management and Insurance (MS-RMI) now rank No. 6 overall – up three spots from No. 9 in 2017. This achievement places the college at No. 5 among public schools. On a separate U.S. News list that ranks the best online Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs, the college retained its No. 16 place overall in a highly competitive field, securing the No. 14 spot among public schools.

“These high marks indicate the great progress we’ve made toward establishing preeminence among our nation’s leading business schools,” said Michael Hartline, dean of the Florida State University College of Business. “We take great pride in offering online programs that are taught by the same full-time faculty members who teach on campus. Our online students benefit from an affordable and flexible program infused with an innovative curriculum that equips them to move forward in any industry they choose.”

The college’s strong results contribute to FSU’s stellar performance overall. Along with the College of Business’ MS-MIS and MS-RMI programs, FSU’s online graduate programs in criminal justice (No. 7) and computer information technology (No. 7) also rank in the nation’s Top 10. FSU’s online graduate program in education (No. 13) joins the college’s online MBA program in the Top 20.

“These rankings reflect FSU’s strong commitment to student success,” said Sally McRorie, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs in announcing the university’s results.

Badge-OnlinePrograms-MBAPrograms-2018According to rankings methodology provided by U.S. News & World Report, all online graduate business programs are assessed in five specific categories with the most weight given to student engagement, defined as a measurement of “student satisfaction and instructor responsiveness.” Florida State’s online MS-MIS and MS-RMI programs – assessed together for their ranking – placed No. 13 out of all schools in student engagement. High marks in student engagement indicate schools with high graduation and retention rates, smaller class sizes and adherence to best practices such as use of collaborative coursework and number of instructor office hours.

FSU’s three online graduate business programs also rated well in admissions selectivity, which measures how selective a school is in admitting highly qualified applicants. The College of Business tailors its online graduate programs for working professionals, and nearly all – 98 percent plus – students are already employed when they first enroll.

After student engagement, the rankings equally weigh the categories of admissions selectivity and peer reputation, the latter which is determined by other business schools’ opinion of FSU. The final two categories are also weighted equally: The faculty credentials and training category measures “how well a school prepares qualified instructors to teach remotely.” The student services and technology category assesses “the amount of financial, technical and vocational support available to distance learners.”

Apply by March 1 for an online program that begins in May. Complete our online form today to request more information. Or, learn more at graduatebusiness.fsu.edu

By Melanie Yeager





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