College of Business distance programs move up in national rankings

Two distance degree programs offered by Mississippi State University’s College of Business are among the best in the nation in rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.

The 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings of best online programs lists MSU’s Distance MBA program at No. 18 nationally in the latest rankings, up from No. 22 in last year’s rankings. MSU’s Distance Master of Science in Information Systems (non-MBA) program is ranked No. 43, up 11 spots from the 2016 rankings.

“Our faculty do such a great job in the distance programs,” MSU College of Business Dean Sharon Oswald said. “They are able to maintain the same rigor and benefits of a full-time program while still supporting and understanding the requirements of the working student.”

MSU’s online graduate program in the Bagley College of Engineering was once again ranked in the top 25 nationally, coming in at No. 24 in 2017. The College of Education’s distance graduate program also made the national rankings at No. 84.

MSU’s Distance MBA program has now been in the top 25 of the U.S. News online rankings for three consecutive years and is the highest-ranked program in Mississippi. MSU was the only Mississippi university ranked in the top 100 non-MBA online business and online engineering program rankings.

Established in 1933, U.S. News & World Report releases annual rankings of universities and individual academic programs from across the country and is in its sixth year of collecting data from distance education programs. To see the full rankings, visit

For more on the MSU Center for Distance Education’s 34 online degree programs, visit

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James Carskadon | Public Affairs

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