Auburn’s online programs receive top rankings from U.S. News & World Report

Expansion of online graduate and undergraduate offerings continues
Published: January 16, 2020
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Auburn University’s online graduate programs are among the nation’s best, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Online Program rankings released Jan 14.

Online programs that received “best” designations include the Harbert College of Business’ MBA program at No. 18 and its overall graduate business programs at No. 12; Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, No. 23; and College of Education, No. 23. The College of Engineering’s computer science and software engineering online program ranks No. 19 among the Best Online Master's in Information Technology Programs.

“These rankings demonstrate Auburn’s continued commitment to providing outstanding academic programs through online education,” said Bill Hardgrave, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “By expanding Auburn’s capacity for online learning, our faculty are reimagining how we deliver high-quality education to our students in ways that are both accessible and align with our on-campus experience.”

Nearly 400 Auburn faculty teach over 1,000 online courses each year. In addition to numerous graduate programs, the university currently offers three online undergraduate completer programs—a bachelor of science in business administration, an RN to BSN, and a bachelor of computer science—for students and professionals who have earned some college credits and want to complete their degrees at Auburn.

The U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings are based on factors such as student engagement and excellence, faculty credentials and training, expert opinion, and services and technology. Only programs in which all the required coursework could be completed via distance education were considered for the rankings.

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification, life-changing outreach with Carnegie’s Community Engagement designation and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact.