Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

State's online Professional MBA program ranks in top 40

State's online Professional MBA program ranks in top 40

Western Illinois University has again been recognized by the U.S.News & World Report for offering some of the best online degree programs.

WIU offers 463 online classes (320 undergraduate; 143 graduate) and seven undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including the longstanding BGS, which offers students the option of obtaining their degree entirely via distance learning opportunities, or through a combination of on-campus and distance learning classes.

The University of Florida is the No. 1-ranked school in the Southeastern Conference for online bachelor's degree programs.

According to U.S. News, the highest-ranked programs at the master's level perform well on traditional metrics - such as having selective admissions and credentialed faculty - while also successfully adapting their course delivery for educating students remotely.

Review the rankings for the Best Online Bachelor's Programs on the U.S. News site.

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The U.S. News Online College Compare allows for a side-by-side comparison of programs on factors including cost, academics and student body demographics. Value Colleges listed the program at No. 15, and Top RN to BSN ranked UMSL at No. 35.

"GSE's national ranking reflects our commitment to providing top quality and rigorous online education programs", said Suzanne Rosenblith, PhD, professor and dean of the Graduate School of Education. Categories include bachelor's programs and graduate programs in business, information technology, criminal justice, education, engineering and nursing. The Kelley Direct Online MBA program, started in 1999, was the first online MBA program offered by a top-ranked business school and today serves as a model for similar programs. University College scored especially well in the areas of student engagement and faculty credentials and training. The school will begin enrolling students in the first cohort for the 28-month program this month, with coursework set to begin in the fall semester.

"While many institutions are shifting towards models of teaching assistants or master courses developed by designers, our program curricula and individual courses are designed and delivered by our research faculty". Online Bachelor's of Arts are offered in psychology and social science.

Virginia Tech has offered online and distance-learning education for two decades. The program combines a variety of departments within these colleges, including the Department of Computer Science and the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, both in the College of Engineering; and the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, the Department of Business Information Technology, and the Department of Management, all in the Pamplin College of Business.

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