Auburn University graduate programs rank high in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Online Education Programs

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Online graduate programs in Auburn University’s College of Education, Raymond J. Harbert College of Business and Samuel Ginn College of Engineering are listed among the top programs nationally in the just released U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Online Education Programs rankings.

Auburn’s College of Education ranked sixth among online graduate education programs.

“We’re delighted that U.S. News & World Report has recognized the excellence of our students, as well as our faculty’s commitment to providing quality instruction and keeping pace with ever-changing technological tools,” said Betty Lou Whitford, dean of the College of Education and the Wayne T. Smith Distinguished Professor. “We pride ourselves on bringing out the best in our students, whether they happen to join us on campus or online. Those who choose the latter option due to family or career obligations will find that they will be engaged, challenged and well prepared by our faculty.”

The Raymond J. Harbert College of Business ranked 12th among online graduate business programs.

“Our faculty and staff are dedicated to our mission of producing highly desired graduates and generating knowledge that drives business thought and practice,” said Bill Hardgrave, dean of the College of Business.  “This most recent ranking reaffirms our commitment to offering high quality academic programs and instruction to our graduate students and to ensuring that their experiences will be equally rigorous and rewarding whether they join us on campus or online.”

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering ranked 29th among online graduate engineering programs. The graduate computer information technology program, housed in Computer Science and Software Engineering, ranked 14th among online graduate computer information technology programs.

“Auburn Engineering continues to be recognized for providing one of the nation’s top engineering graduate distance degree programs,” said Chris Roberts, dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. “Innovative graduate instruction with a leading-edge delivery system ensures that our distance students receive an experience comparable to that of their on-campus peers. Our online graduate programs are vital to our overall educational mission, and we are proud to take our place among the finest programs in the country.”

Online graduate degree programs were ranked based on student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, student engagement, admissions selectivity and academic peer reputation. Only programs in which all the required coursework could be completed via distance education were considered for the rankings. U.S. News established rankings for each online master’s degree program in education, engineering, business, nursing and computer information technology.

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

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