Kennesaw State’s online degree programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report

KENNESAW, Ga. | Jan 9, 2018

Online MBA listed among top 20, engineering and information technology ranked in the top 100 nationally

Kennesaw State’s Master of Business Administration program ranked among the top 20 in the nation in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs. The annual rankings, released today, evaluated 1,490 online degree programs in eight categories.

The MBA program in the Michael J. Coles College of Business climbed two spots in the ranking to No. 19 this year, still earning it the top spot for online MBA programs among Georgia colleges and universities. In its second consecutive year in the top 25, the program was among 267 online business programs ranked.

“We are excited to see our online MBA program recognized as a Top 20 program in the nation,” said Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Coles College of Business. “The ranking reflects the outstanding achievements of our committed students, talented faculty, and devoted MBA leadership and staff. Coles College remains on the forefront of management education by providing a high-quality MBA experience in a learning format that is accessible to working business professionals.”

Other Kennesaw State programs ranked in the top 100 by U.S. News include:  

  • Six engineering graduate degree programs in Kennesaw State’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology were ranked among the top 90 programs in the nation. Master’s degrees in applied, civil, mechanical and systems engineering, as well as engineering management and quality assurance, are the only programs in Georgia listed among the prestigious list of online graduate engineering programs.
  • The Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program in the College of Computing and Software Engineering ranked among the top programs in the nation (No. 52) for the second consecutive year.

Other KSU programs recognized by the publication include the Master of Science in Nursing, eight master’s degree programs in education, and the University’s online bachelor’s degree programs.

“Being named in these rankings is an honor for Kennesaw State,” said Elke Leeds, associate vice president for technology enhanced learning at KSU. “It signals our strength in providing students – across many disciplines – with exceptional approaches to academic learning and affirms our commitment to deliver top-quality online degree programs in innovative ways.”

Now in its seventh year, the U.S. News & World Report rankings assess degree-granting programs that offer 100-percent online classes. At Kennesaw State, more than 7,000 students take online courses each year, with students earning their bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees without ever coming to campus. KSU offers 20 fully online master’s degree programs, 12 bachelor’s degree programs, four specialist degree programs and two doctoral programs.

– Tiffany Capuano

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