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.

“We are extremely pleased that U.S. News has recognized the excellence of our MSMIS program, this being its second year to place in the Top 5,” said Chris L. Shook, dean of the Collat School of Business.

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. 2 in the U.S. News’s student engagement category, which measures student satisfaction and instructor responsiveness. The program scored 93 out of 100.

“Our ranking recognizes a collaborative effort to ensure our students receive an education that is based on the current and future needs of business,” said Paul M. Di Gangi, chair of Collat’s Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods Department. “Whether it is disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence or the traditional ability to effectively manage projects to their completion, our program is designed to create IT leaders ready to make an impact.”

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 jumped three spots over last year to rank No. 18 among the best online graduate business programs, non-MBA category. The program ranked No. 17 in the student engagement category, which measures student satisfaction and instructor responsiveness, receiving a score of 89 out of 100. It also ranked No. 18 in faculty credentials and training with a score of 92. 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. 55 among the nation’s best online MBA programs. The ranking places the program in the top 15% of all online MBA programs. It also ranked #30 among the nation’s best online MBA programs for veterans.

Collat's portfolio of undergraduate online degrees jumped six spots over last year to rank No. 38 in the best bachelor’s in business programs category. The undergraduate business programs ranked No. 8 in terms of faculty credentials and training, receiving a score of 96 out of 100.

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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