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Kelley School online MBA No. 1, nursing master’s No. 2 in U.S. News national online program rankings

IU’s online bachelor’s ranked first in state; university has total of 18 national rankings in top 20

For Immediate Release Feb 7, 2024

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University has once again been recognized as a national leader in online education with numerous top 10 programs in the 2024 U.S. News and World Report Best Online Program rankings.

Students cross the street at the intersection in front of a large limestone building This is the third consecutive year that the Kelley Direct Online MBA Program at the IU Kelley School of Business was named the best online MBA program in the U.S. Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University

The Kelley Direct Online MBA Program at the IU Kelley School of Business was named the best online MBA program in the U.S. for the third consecutive year, with five specialty programs also ranked first or second nationally. The master’s degree program at the IU School of Nursing is ranked No. 2 nationally; its online master’s degree in nursing education also ranked second nationally. Four specialty programs at the IU School of Education in Bloomington also ranked in the top 10.

IU’s online bachelor’s degrees ranked first in Indiana and 20th nationally, with the full roster of rankings reflecting the holistic quality of IU Online degree programs.

“These rankings for IU Online demonstrate the university’s deep and continued commitment to providing rigorous academic programs that equip our students for personal and career success,” IU President Pamela Whitten said. “By providing nationally leading and high-quality, flexible academic programs, we’re also helping shape critical pipelines of talent in fields that are crucial to the economic vitality of our state and nation.”

This is the seventh time since 2013, when U.S. News began ranking online degree programs, that Kelley Direct has been ranked No. 1. This latest recognition arrives as the IU Kelley School marks the 25th anniversary of the program.

The five specialty categories that received top marks nationally at the IU Kelley School of Business are:

  • Finance, No. 1.
  • Marketing, No. 1.
  • Business and analytics, No. 2.
  • General management, No. 2.
  • Program serving veterans, No. 2.

Continuing to rise in the rankings is the IU School of Nursing, whose master’s degree program rose to second overall from 10th in 2023. In addition to the No. 2 recognition for the online master’s in nursing education, the online master’s degree in nursing administration and leadership ranked No. 11.

IU School of Nursing is currently engaged in an ambitious effort to significantly increase enrollment across its core campuses in Indianapolis, Bloomington and Fort Wayne to meet the state’s growing need for nursing professionals.

The four specialty programs to achieve top 10 national rankings at the IU School of Education in Bloomington are:

  • Educational/instructional media design, No. 3.
  • Educational administration and supervision, No. 5.
  • Curriculum and instruction, No. 6.
  • Special education, No. 6.

IU’s degree-granting distance-education programs earned “Best” status as a result of their high Best Online Programs rankings nationally in 16 categories. These include:

  • A “peer rating” score of 3.6 out of 4 for overall bachelor’s degree programs, ranked No. 6.
  • The online bachelor’s degree in psychology, offered through IU East’s psychology department, No. 8.
  • The online bachelor’s in business degree, a collaborative program offered by IU’s five regional campuses, No. 17.
  • The online master’s degree in criminal justice, offered collaboratively by the Indianapolis, East, Kokomo, Northwest and Southeast campuses, No. 28. It also earned a “peer rating” of 20th.

In total, IU had 18 national rankings in the top 20. For its 2024 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 1,600 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs using metrics specific to online learning. The rankings only include degree-granting programs offered primarily online by regionally accredited institutions.

What they’re saying

“These rankings are a testament to the quality of our online programs taught by the excellent IU faculty. Indiana University is committed to offering IU courses and programs taught by IU faculty members. Our IU Online students are seeking high-quality 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. 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.” — Susan Sciame-Giesecke, vice president for regional campuses and online education.

“We’ve been doing this longer than any other leading business school, and we set the bar high, but what continues to make Kelley Direct a leader in online education is that we keep moving the bar higher. Because everything we do is developed and delivered by our own faculty and staff, our students get a unique, personalized education that includes real-time classes and in-person immersion experiences on campus and on location around the world. Our thoughtful attention to programming is reflected in our multiple top rankings in specialty categories.” — Ash Soni, dean of the Kelley School and the Sungkyunkwan Professor.

“A strong master’s program is essential to educate and prepare a nursing workforce of clinicians, educators and leaders needed to advance the health of Hoosiers. These national rankings reflect the excellence of our faculty and alumni serving the state as registered nurses in multiple settings: advanced practice nurses; health systems leaders focused on outstanding health care delivery; educators focused on excellence in teaching; scientists conducting innovative research; and policymakers and advocates promoting the role of nursing in advancing health in Indiana and beyond.” — Robin Newhouse, dean of the IU School of Nursing.

“In an increasingly digital world, online education is a powerful tool for preparing educators and researchers. We are thrilled our programs are once again achieving national recognition. These rankings reflect our commitment to not only delivering the best in educational instruction and research, but also leading the way. We remain dedicated to making an impact in the field of education.” — Anastasia Morrone, dean of the IU School of Education in Bloomington.

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