Auburn University graduate programs rank high in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Online Programs

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Auburn University's online graduate programs in business, education and engineering are listed among the top programs nationally in the just released 2016 U.S. News World Report Best Online Programs rankings.

In the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, the non-MBA online graduate programs were ranked seventh among such programs, while its online MBA program placed 10th in the nation among online MBA programs.

The College of Education ranked seventh among online graduate education programs and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering ranked 27th among online graduate engineering programs. The graduate computer information technology program, housed in Computer Science and Software Engineering, ranked 16th among such programs.

"The high rankings reflect our faculty's continued dedication to providing an excellent education for our distance learning students," said Timothy Boosinger, Auburn University provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Our online graduate programs continue to excel as we work to develop new fully online degree programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

"Auburn is strategically creating more online degree programs that are innovative, accessible and relevant. Our goal is to provide distance programs that parallel our on-campus instruction and create opportunities for anyone who wants to earn an Auburn degree."

The U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings were scored on student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, admissions selectivity and peer reputation. Only programs in which all the required coursework could be completed via distance education were considered for the rankings.

The U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Education Program rankings are available online at

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.