MSU online programs once again highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Mississippi State University’s distance education programs are once again being recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s online program rankings. (Photo by Megan Bean)

Contact: James Carskadon

STARKVILLE, Miss.— Four of Mississippi State University’s distance education programs are recognized in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report online programs rankings, with three programs ranking in the top 50 nationally in the analysis released Tuesday [Jan. 15].

The MSU College of Business’ Distance MBA program remains one of the best in the country at No. 26 in U.S. News’ Best Online MBA Program rankings. This marks the fourth consecutive year MSU’s Distance MBA program has ranked in the top 30 nationally.

“Our faculty work diligently to deliver online programs that increase accessibility to higher education and maintain the same quality instruction that students receive on campus,” said College of Business Dean Sharon Oswald. “This continued recognition from U.S. News & World Report speaks to the strength of the programs our faculty and staff have developed in partnership with the Center for Distance Education.”

The College of Business also was recognized for its Distance Master of Science in Information Systems (non-MBA), achieving a No. 33 ranking this year, up from No. 87 in 2018.

“Mississippi State University takes pride in providing our students with an excellent experience and a quality education, and our online programs are no different,” said Susan Seal, executive director of MSU’s Center for Distance Education. “With student success at the heart of what we do, our online programs are designed to meet the needs of our diverse student population. The national rankings that we continue to reach are a testament to the quality of our online programs and to our exceptional faculty and staff.”

MSU’s online graduate programs in the Bagley College of Engineering continues to rank among the nation’s best, coming in at No. 48 in the 2019 list, up one spot from 2018. The college offers seven online graduate programs. For more information, see

The College of Education is once again being recognized for its online graduate programs. The 2019 rankings have MSU at No. 77, up six spots from 2018. For more on the College of Education’s seven online programs, visit

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 eighth year of collecting data from distance education programs. To see the full rankings, visit

For more on the MSU Center for Distance Education’s 38 online degree programs and five certificate programs, visit

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