Scranton’s Online Business and Education Graduate Programs Ranked Among the Best in the Nation by U.S. News

Jan 10, 2017

U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Online Programs ranked The University of Scranton’s MBA program No. 91 in the nation and its graduate program in education No. 113 in lists published Jan. 10. U.S. News ranked American online graduate-level programs in the categories of business, MBA, education, engineering, nursing and other disciplines.

Scranton offers online MBA degrees in general business, accounting, enterprise resource planning, healthcare management, human resources, international business and operations management; master’s degrees in accountancy, health administration, health informatics and human resources, as well as master’s degree programs in the education fields of curriculum and instruction and educational administration (K-12), in addition to a non-degree administration certification program.

This is the sixth consecutive year that U.S. News ranked the University’s online programs in education and MBA among the best in the nation. Scranton’s online MBA program was among only four Jesuit colleges and 14 colleges in Pennsylvania ranked. Scranton’s online graduate program in education was among six Jesuit universities and 16 colleges in Pennsylvania ranked by U.S. News.

For the 2017 Best Online Education Programs ranking, U.S. News reviewed statistical information submitted by schools. The ranking criteria differed by category. The criteria used by U.S. News to rank MBA programs included student engagement (28 percent), which looked at graduation rates, class size, one-year retention rates, and best practices such as accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), collaborative coursework, course evaluation requirements and other factors. U.S. News ranking criteria also included admission selectivity (25 percent); peer reputation score (25 percent); faculty credentials and training (11 percent); and student services and technology (11 percent).

For online graduate programs in education, the ranking was based on student engagement (35 percent), which includes graduation rates, class size, retention rates and best practices such as accreditation from the Teacher Education Accreditation Council and collaborative coursework requirements, among other factors. Other criteria included: student services and technology (20 percent); admissions selectivity (15 percent); faculty credentials and training (15 percent); and peer reputation score (15 percent).

The methodology used by U.S. News to determine the ranking has changed several times throughout the years.

For technology, recruitment and marketing support, the University partners with Bisk Education for online graduate education degree programs and Wiley for the online MBA degree programs and its master’s degrees in accountancy, health administration, health informatics and human resources.

In other rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, Scranton was among the top 10 “Best Regional Universities in the North” for 23 consecutive years. Scranton is ranked No. 6 in the 2017 edition of the “Best Colleges” guidebook. U.S. News also ranked Scranton’s programs in entrepreneurship at No. 13, finance at No. 16 and accounting at No. 20 in the country. U.S. News also ranked Scranton No. 22 as a “Best Value Regional University in the North” and No. 2 in its category for “2017 Best Colleges for Veterans.”

The 2017 Best Online Education Programs can be viewed at

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