U.S. News: CSU online programs rise among nation’s best

A student works toward his degree through CSU Online.

Colorado State University’s online programs are ranked among the nation’s best in an annual report released Jan. 14 by U.S. News & World Report.

Among the top 10 in the nation

CSU’s online bachelor’s degree is No. 9 among public universities. The program rose nine spots from last year’s ranking to enter the ranks of the top 10 in the nation.

“Since 2016 we have continued to climb in the rankings,” said Chris LaBelle, interim director of CSU Online. “To complement our world-class academic programs, we have implemented innovative learning technologies, emphasized student engagement, and deployed new student resources, such as academic advising and career services, to help our students shorten their degree completion time, reduce costs and improve the overall learning experience.”

CSU’s online bachelor’s degree is also among the top 10 in the nation for veterans, ranking No. 7 among public universities.

“Since we live in a part of the country where so many of our residents are veterans or active duty military, we are also very proud to have been ranked as the seventh best online bachelor’s program in the country for veterans,” said LaBelle. We’re prioritizing our outreach to this group in 2020 and beyond, based on the strong affiliation veterans and military personnel have with CSU.”

U.S. News and World Report rankings for online programs in the College of Business

College of Business online MBA top in Colorado

Top online MBA in Colorado

The 2020 U.S. News Best Online Programs issue ranks CSU’s College of Business online MBA and online master’s in computer information systems as No. 1 in the state of Colorado.

The online computer information systems master’s degree moved up one spot to No. 14 among public institutions and to No. 24 nationwide. The program also ranked among the top 10 in the country for veterans at public institutions, coming in at No. 7.

The college’s online MBA program achieved No. 1 in Colorado for the third year in a row, as well as being among the top 50 for public universities and No. 30 best for veterans among public programs nationwide. The program continues to excel in a highly competitive field that includes over 320 private and public programs by rapidly responding to market demands with innovations such as its marketing data analytics specialization and new Mosaic technology.

The Colorado State College of Business online graduate business program also rose several spots to No. 21 among public universities nationwide.

“These rankings speak to the high quality of our programs and the value of a College of Business education,” said Beth Walker, dean of CSU’s College of Business. “Our online programs offer the same high-caliber education as our on-campus programs and allow us to make exceptional business education available to students wherever they may be. Our unique programs teach students how business can be used to create a better world and enable them to develop the skills they need to succeed in a business world increasingly focused on innovation, technology and sustainability.”

With unique degree programs such as the Doctorate of Engineering in Systems Engineering and a robust mixture of online and on-campus learning opportunities, the program engages both conventional graduate students and professionals who already work in industry.
With unique degree programs such as the Doctorate of Engineering in Systems Engineering and a robust mixture of online and on-campus learning opportunities, the program engages both conventional graduate students and professionals who already work in industry.

College of Engineering on the rise

This year, the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering online graduate programs debuted in the top 20 in the nation, at No. 14 among the best public universities for veterans. Overall, the college moved up several spots in the rankings to No. 27 among public universities.

“We are pleased that our online graduate programs continue to be recognized in the U.S. News and World Report rankings,” said University Distinguished Professor Sonia Kreidenweis, associate dean for research in the college. “Our groundbreaking online graduate program in systems engineering, which offers M.S., M.E., Ph.D., and D.Eng. degrees, has obtained national recognition for meeting the needs of employees and veterans who seek to advance their skills while working full-time.”

The systems engineering program grew substantially in the last decade. In 2019, the program became its own college department with a new department head – Woodward Professor of Systems Engineering Tom Bradley.

About CSU’s College of Business

The College of Business at Colorado State University is an AACSB-accredited business school known for its top-ranked programs that annually enroll more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students in on-campus and online programs. The college encompasses a purpose-driven community that consistently seeks to transform lives through business education, scholarly research and community engagement, ultimately using business to create a better world. Visit biz.colostate.edu or call (800) 491-4622 to learn more.

About CSU’s Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering

The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering trains students to engage the global environmental challenges of the day through research, education, innovation and outreach. Among its many accolades as an ABET-accredited institution are a top-ranked graduate program in atmospheric science and cutting-edge research that provides students hands-on learning in chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, biomedical and systems engineering. Visit engr.colostate.edu or call (970) 491-6220 to learn more.

About CSU Online

CSU Online is Colorado State University’s Division of Continuing Education, offering more than 45 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.