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Georgia Southern’s online programs recognized for excellence in latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report

In rankings released for the best online programs among colleges and universities across the country, U.S. News & World Report has again ranked Georgia Southern University’s online programs as among the best for 2016.

Four online University programs were ranked in the top 50 of their respected list, including online graduate information technology program, online Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program, online graduate business programs (non-MBA) and online nursing program.

The online MBA at Georgia Southern tied with James Madison University and Kennesaw State University for 28th out of nearly 200 ranked programs on the list of 2016 Best Online MBA Programs.

Additionally, the University’s online graduate business programs (non-MBA) tied for 33rd with Georgia College, a fellow University System of Georgia school, out of more than 100 schools included in the ranked list. The 2016 Best Online Graduate Business Programs rankings assesses master’s-level business degree programs that are not MBA programs. Examples of non-MBA graduate business programs include degrees in accounting, finance, insurance, marketing and management.

Georgia Southern’s graduate information technology program tied with Florida State University for the 21st spot on the list of 2016 Best Online Graduate Information Technology Programs.

The University’s online graduate education program placed 73rd with four other schools out of more than 200 schools nationwide.

For online nursing programs, the University was ranked 49th of more than 100 ranked schools, sharing the rank with Loyola University New Orleans, Nova Southeastern University, University of Massachusetts Amherst and University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Georgia Southern and five other schools tied for the 114th spot out of more than 200 schools across the country for the 2016 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. Because U.S. News considers students enrolled in these ranked programs likely to be working professionals in their 20s to 40s looking to advance in or change their careers and not first-time college students, the factors used to make comparisons between programs were not measures like high school class rank or standardized test scores. Instead, U.S. News chose factors that weigh how these programs are being delivered and their effectiveness at awarding affordable degrees in a reasonable amount of time.

U.S. News publishes numerical ranks for only the top three-fourths of each ranking category. U.S. News selects factors to assess each program in the categories of student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.


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