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Kelley School online MBA, MS business degrees No. 1 nationally in U.S. News online program rankings

School of Nursing breaks into top 10; 13 IU degree programs rank in top 10, with IU Online bachelor’s degrees No. 1 in Indiana

For Immediate Release Jan 24, 2023

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Continuing its tradition of excellence in online education, the Indiana University Kelley School of Business is ranked first for its online MBA degree and Master of Science in Business program in the 2023 U.S. News and World Report Best Online Program rankings. The university also boasts 11 additional degree programs in the top 10 in this year’s rankings, including programs in nursing and education and through IU Online.

IU boasts 13 online degree programs in the top 10 in this year's ranking. IU boasts 13 online degree programs in the top 10 in this year's ranking.“These rankings are a testament to Indiana University’s commitment to academically excellent, accessible degree programs that meet the needs of today’s students,” IU President Pamela Whitten said. “From professionals seeking to advance their careers to students who prefer an online learning environment, IU’s academic quality permeates every degree program, no matter the learning platform.”

The Kelley School of Business online MBA not only tied for first overall but also was in the top 10 in all program specialties ranked in 2023. Its finance, general management and business analytics specialty degrees all ranked second, while marketing ranked third. The Kelley MBA program also ranked sixth among programs serving veterans.

Ascending into the top 10 in this year’s national rankings is the IU School of Nursing, which achieved its highest ranking to date at 10th overall. Along with its overall top 10 ranking, the School of Nursing ranks fourth nationally for its Master of Nursing Education and 17th for its Master of Nursing Administration.

IU Online, the university’s home to all of these ranked programs as well as more than 200 other fully online/distance-learning degree options ranging from certificate programs to doctoral degrees, ranked No. 1 in Indiana and tied for 21st nationally among online bachelor’s degree programs. The online bachelor’s in psychology, which is offered through IU East’s Department of Psychology, ranked eighth, while the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in business administration, offered through IU Online and a collaboration between all five IU regional campuses, is ranked 20th nationally.

“Our IU Online students are seeking excellent degree programs that can fit in their schedules, whether that’s due to work, family responsibilities or any number of other roles they may have outside the classroom,” said Susan Sciame-Giesecke, vice president for regional campuses and online education. “IU Online continues to expand the number of degree programs offered, providing flexible, high-quality options for students of any age and in any stage of life looking to achieve their educational goals and advance their careers.”

The IU School of Education rounds out the university’s national rankings with a tie for 30th overall for its online graduate education programs. It also has three program specialties ranked nationally in the top 10: educational/instructional media and design is second, special education is fourth, and educational administration and supervision is seventh. In addition, the school’s specialty in curriculum and instruction ranked 11th.

U.S. News assessed 1,833 and ranked 1,730 online bachelor’s and master’s programs in its 2023 rankings.

What they’re saying:

“In Bloomington and across the university, the long-standing leadership of our faculty has led to programs that are staples within the higher education landscape for today’s students. Thanks to their work, thousands of students are earning in-demand bachelor’s or graduate degrees from top-tier programs and, most importantly, are prepared to make a lasting impact in communities across our state and nation.” — Rahul Shrivastav, IU Bloomington provost and executive vice president

“Having academically excellent online education options through one of the state’s best universities is a must as we continually work to graduate more students capable of tackling the careers of tomorrow. Particularly in fields like nursing, where the need for talented health science professionals continues to grow, the quality and accessibility of our online programs are an essential part of our support and service to our students, but also to the health and future of central Indiana and the state.” — Andrew Klein, interim chancellor of IUPUI

“Kelley School of Business’ continued placement among the best online MBA and master’s degree programs is a testament to the quality of our Kelley faculty and our dedicated staff in providing an innovative student experience and career success. We continually seek feedback from our students and have set high standards to remain a program that operates at the leading edge of business education.”— Ash Soni, interim dean of the Kelley School and the SungKyunKwan Professor

“These national rankings reflect our commitment to excellence in teaching and innovative research and our presence as a world-class nursing school that prepares leaders and advanced practice nurses to transform and deliver quality health care. We recognize that a graduate degree prepares nurses to lead delivery of better health care for patients, families and communities, which is why we focus on the academic and clinical quality and impact of our programs at all levels.” — Robin Newhouse, dean of the IU School of Nursing

“Our strong online programs remain a critical part of our mission. These national rankings recognize our ongoing commitment to improving education around the world.” — Anastasia Morrone, dean of the IU School of Education 

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