U.S. News & World Report ranks Kennesaw State’s online degree programs among best in the nation

KENNESAW, Ga. | Jan 25, 2022

Kennesaw State University’s online graduate degree programs have been ranked among the best in Georgia and the nation by U.S. News & World Report in their “2022 Best Online Programs” and “2022 Best Online Programs for Veterans” issue released today.


Among the nine categories evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, Kennesaw State ranked as the top university in the state of Georgia for its graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology and education, while also earning spots among the top 30 institutions nationally in information technology and education specialties.

“These rankings reflect Kennesaw State’s commitment to providing as many opportunities as possible for students to learn in the method that best suits them. For many students, online learning serves their individual educational needs while providing flexibility,” said Interim President Kathy Schwaig. “Kennesaw State continues to be a leader in the state and across the country in providing online academic degree programs for in-demand career fields.”

Kennesaw State’s Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program in the College of Computing and Software Engineering climbed to the No. 27 spot among all ranked institutions nationally, and was the top institution named in Georgia. This degree program also earned the No. 15 spot nationally in the rankings for veterans programs and is the only school in Georgia to earn this ranking.  

With five online engineering degree programs in KSU’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, the University was the top Georgia institution named in U.S. News’ online engineering rankings. Kennesaw State made the list for the sixth consecutive year, earning a place among 104 institutions nationwide for 2022.

Two of Kennesaw State’s specialty education graduate programs climbed into the U.S. News online rankings this year. The Bagwell College of Education’s Educational Administration and Supervision program – the only Georgia school named in that specialty ranking – landed at No. 13 nationally, while the College’s Curriculum and Instruction program earned a No. 17 spot, alongside only one other Georgia university in the top 20.  

Making the list this year, Kennesaw State’s online graduate nursing programs in the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services ranked No. 109 nationally. This recognition parallels the traditional undergraduate program, which U.S. News named to its inaugural “Best of” list for undergraduate nursing programs in September.  

At Kennesaw State, more than 8,700 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 25 fully online master’s degree programs, 17 bachelor’s degree programs, three specialist degree programs and three doctoral programs.

The U.S. News rankings evaluate degree-granting online programs at regionally accredited institutions that are offered 100-percent online. Now in its 11th year, the 2022 rankings assessed more than 1,700 online degree programs at colleges and universities throughout the nation. 

For more information about the U.S. News & World Report rankings, visit www.usnews.com/online.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 45,000 students. Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia with 11 academic colleges. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 7 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.