U.S. News & World Report ranks Kennesaw State’s online degrees among nation’s best

Three online graduate degree programs rise to top in publication’s annual ranking KENNESAW,…

Georgia (Jan 9, 2015)Three online graduate degree programs rise to top in publication’s annual ranking

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Jan. 7, 2015) Kennesaw State University’s online graduate degree programs were again ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online Programs.”

Among the eight online program categories evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, Kennesaw State ranked in three different degree program areas: master’s of business administration (MBA), graduate education and graduate computer information technology.

“Kennesaw State is dedicated to providing rigorous and high-quality online degree programs that appeal to talented and motivated students seeking a balance between the workplace, their families, and their education,” said Elke Leeds, assistant vice president for Technology Enhanced Learning at KSU.  “This national ranking shows our success in expanding our traditional academic programs to the online learning environment.” 

In its fourth year, the U.S. News & World Report 2015 rankings evaluated more than 1,200 online degree programs at colleges and universities. 

The online MBA program at Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business was ranked 29th nationwide, moving up 35 spots from last year, and third among Georgia colleges and universities.

The graduate computer information technology program earned the No. 25 ranking on U.S. News & World Report’s annual list. The CIT degree program is offered in the College of Computing and Software Engineering at Southern Polytechnic State University, which recently consolidated with Kennesaw State. The program is one of three in Georgia to make the list.

Kennesaw State’s graduate education degree program in the Bagwell College of Education also made the top 100 for 2015. It is the first time this program has been named in the U.S. News ranking.

At Kennesaw State, more than 7,000 students take online courses each semester, with many students earning their bachelor’s and master’s degrees without ever coming to campus. In 2014, the University launched its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in education technology, serving more than 10,000 students. A second MOOC in information security will launch in 2015.

This is not the first time that Kennesaw State has been recognized for its online learning. OnlineU.com ranked KSU 13th in the nation as a “Best Value Online College,” and the Affordable Colleges Foundation, which publishes AffordableCollegesOnline.org, ranked KSU 17th in the nation for “Best Online Colleges.”

For more information on the U.S. News & World Report rankings, go to www.usnews.com/education.

For more information about Kennesaw State’s online learning, visit learnonline.kennesaw.edu.


Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of nearly 26,000 from 130 countries.


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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu