STATESBORO — The Georgia Southern University College of Business Administration online programs have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the best online programs for 2015.
The MBA program ranked No. 18, tying with Mississippi State University for the best MBA programs for online students, while the college’s online graduate business programs (excluding MBA) ranked No. 21.
U.S. News ranked schools using the following five general categories: student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training and student services and technology.
“We are gratified by the recognition and believe it reflects the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff and students,” stated Allen C. Amason, dean of the GSU College of Business. “We believe it also reflects the quality of our programs, the value of our degrees and our commitment to providing a great education and a strong return to our stakeholders.”
Fewer than 200 schools were included in this year’s ranking. Less than 120 schools ranked among the best online graduate business programs (excluding MBA).
In the past, U.S. News & World Report combined MBA programs and all other online business master’s degree programs. This year, however, non-MBA business degrees, such as accounting and applied economics in Georgia Southern’s case, were assessed separately. The rankings were split because prospective MBA students are likely to focus their research on schools that offer only MBAs, where many students researching discipline-specific degrees in other areas, such as accounting or economics are doing so to further their careers. U.S. News concluded that separating MBA programs from other master’s-level business programs would better serve students, allowing for more accurate comparisons.