Colorado State University’s online programs earned top rankings in an annual report released Jan. 15 by U.S. News & World Report. CSU ranked among the best in the country for its online bachelor’s degree programs as well as online graduate programs.
CSU’s online bachelor’s program placed among the top 20, at No. 18 among public universities. The university offers programs in a variety of disciplines from human development and family studies to fire and emergency services administration. Continuing to expand its program offerings, CSU Online has recently added a bachelor’s of arts degree in journalism and media communication, a bachelor’s of science degree in natural resource tourism, and an undergraduate certificate in Spanish for animal health and care professionals.
“Online students have different needs than traditional face-to-face students,” said Amy Smith, senior director of CSU Online. “They’re looking at things like program affordability, flexibility, completion time, and career advancement. These rankings are a testament to how well we’ve tailored our online programs to meet the needs of remote learners.”
Business programs among the best
The 2019 U.S. News Best Online Programs issue ranks CSU’s College of Business Online MBA, Online Computer Information Systems master’s degree, and Online Graduate Business Programs as No. 1 in the state.
The College of Business’s long-standing Online MBA is also highly competitive outside the state, ranked in the top 18 percent of all programs and at No. 38 among all public universities. The Online Master of Computer Information Systems ranked No. 15 among public universities. CSU’s non-MBA online programs also ranked top in the state, at No. 26 among public universities.
“We are proud to be recognized for the caliber of our online programs, but our commitment to placing a high-quality education within reach of students everywhere is just as important,” said Beth Walker, dean of the College of Business. “Our online programs deliver the same educational excellence as our on-campus programs, while also serving a large and diverse student body. We do this with a focus on teaching students how to use business to create a better world – ultimately that is what truly makes our community and programs unique.”
Other online standouts
Along with the top rankings for bachelor’s programs and business graduate programs, CSU’s online program in engineering ranks top in the state, at No. 33 among public universities. CSU Online offers several graduate certificates and master’s degrees in different engineering disciplines as well as a Ph.D. in systems engineering, with another doctorate-level program rolling out next fall.
This year’s U.S. News rankings also highlighted the best online degree programs that help veterans reduce the cost of higher education. CSU again ranked among the best in the country in several areas for veterans. The Online Master of Computer Information Technology program achieved top 10 honors and the online bachelor’s program ranked at No. 15.
The rankings evaluate degree-granting online programs at regionally accredited institutions. Distance education programs are evaluated at the program level, rather than the school level, using data gathered directly from each program. Methodologies included factors such as student engagement, faculty credentials, and student services and technology.
For more information about U.S. News and World Report’s methodology, visit www.usnews.com/online.
About CSU’s College of Business
Colorado State University’s College of Business is an AACSB-accredited school uniquely positioned to provide a high-quality education as a Research 1 land-grant university in the Rocky Mountains. Known for its top-ranked undergraduate, graduate and executive education programs, the College of Business enables lifelong learning with a focus of using business to create a better world. Visit biz.colostate.edu to learn more.
About CSU Online
CSU Online is Colorado State University’s Division of Continuing Education, offering more than 40 different undergraduate and graduate degree programs to meet the needs of learners worldwide. CSU’s online students receive the same education, learn from the same faculty, and earn the same degrees and certificates as students on campus. For more information about CSU’s online programs, visit online.colostate.edu or call (970) 491-5288.