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Online degrees secure Top 25 rankings

Jan 15, 2019

Florida State University’s College of Business once again secured Top 25 rankings on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 list of the nation’s best online master’s degree programs released today.

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. 12 overall and No. 8 among public schools. On a separate U.S. News list that ranks the best online Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs, the college placed No. 21, attaining the No. 16 spot among public schools.

“We continue to stand strong in a highly competitive field, a sound indication that we are establishing preeminence among our nation’s leading business schools,” said Michael Hartline, dean of the FSU College of Business.

Florida State students and graduates are the ones who ultimately benefit from the high mark of quality signaled by U.S. News’ rankings.

“Our online programs continue to provide affordable and flexible opportunities for working professionals to move forward with their individual career goals, and our graduates say they achieve more thanks to Florida State’s robust business curriculum and individualized attention,” Hartline said.

One of those graduates, Benjamin Paladino, credits the FSU MBA degree he earned online in 2018 for his recent promotion to vice president of finance at CIT, a national bank, in Jacksonville, Fla.

“The flexible schedule and relevant coursework have really made an impact on my career,” Paladino said. “I attribute a lot of success on recent projects to the foundations the Florida State MBA curriculum has provided. I was able to apply this knowledge immediately while going through the program the last two years.”

According 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 – 28 percent – given to student engagement, defined as a measurement of “student satisfaction and instructor responsiveness.” Other categories assess student excellence, 25 percent; expert opinion, 25 percent; faculty credentials and training, 11 percent; and student services and technologies, 11 percent.

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. 

- Melanie Yeager





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