The Collat School of Business’s online graduate Management Information Systems program opens a new website is ranked No. 4 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The program jumped five spots in the online programs rankings this year. The only schools to rank higher were Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and Virginia Tech.

“We are extremely pleased that U.S. News has recognized the quality and impact of our MSMIS program," said Eric P. Jack, dean of the Collat School of Business. “Our exceptional faculty have fine-tuned the program’s curriculum to ensure students study the latest developments in this fast-moving field while staying grounded in well-research theory and best practices. It’s an extraordinary program.”

To develop the overall ranking, U.S. News & World Report scores and ranks online graduate business programs in five categories: services and technology, student engagement, expert opinion, faculty credentials, and student excellence.

The MSMIS program ranked No. 4 in U.S. News’s faculty credentials and training category, which measures how well a school prepares instructors to teach remotely. The program scored 96 out of 100.

More than 75 students are currently enrolled in the program, which is only offered online. Students can concentrate in cyber security management, business analytics, or IT management to tailor coursework to their individual career plans. Interested students with a bachelor’s degree not in a computer science or information technology field can get up to speed with a six-course bridge program that covers the basics of database management, programming, and systems analysis.

Several other Collat School of Business programs also ranked among the nation’s top online programs in U.S. News’s rankings.

The online Master of Accounting (MAc) program opens a new website ranked No. 21 among the best online graduate business programs, non-MBA category. The program ranked No. 13 in the student engagement category, which measures student satisfaction and instructor responsiveness, receiving a score of 90 out of 100. It also ranked No. 15 in faculty credentials and training with a score of 94. Both rankings were the best of all business schools in Alabama.

Collat’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program opens a new website ranked No. 51 among the nation’s best online MBA programs. The ranking places the program in the top 15% of all online MBA programs.

Collat's portfolio of undergraduate online degrees ranked No. 44 in the best bachelor’s in business programs category. The undergraduate business programs ranked No. 16 in terms of faculty credentials and training, receiving a score of 94 out of 100.

“This is affirmation that we are taking the right steps in providing flexible, high quality business programs online to help meet the needs of our students no matter where they are,” Jack said. “We have invested heavily in our online programs to ensure they are both rigorous and engaging."

Collat's online degree programs accept applications from students through May 1 for summer term, August 1 for fall term and December 1 for spring term.

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