EMU online business, education programs show strong improvement in annual U.S. News and World Report rankings of nation's top distance-learning offerings

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University's online programs in the College of Business and College of Education have been ranked among the nation’s best in the annual list of top online graduate school programs compiled by U.S. News and World Report.

The College of Business' online program in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) and a variety of other online classes were collectively ranked 66th in the country. The rankings included more than 140 colleges out of the nation's 3,000 four-year degree-granting institutions.

The University climbed more than 100 spots from its most recent ranking, in 2014. The number of schools ranked each year depends on the amount that participate in an extensive survey of more than 150 questions.

Currently the College of Business offers the IMC masters and graduate certificates online, as well as graduate certificates in entrepreneurship, human resource management and marketing management, and classes for the MBA program as well. Undergraduate courses are also available in an online format.

Anne L. Balazs, interim dean of the College of Business.

"The College of Business offers programs like the specialized master's IMC that are specifically designed to meet the needs of our students and the marketplace,” said Anne L. Balazs, interim dean of the college. “We are extremely proud of the award-winning IMC program, the only one of its kind in the country that is housed in an AACSB accredited business school, and one of the first ever offered in the U.S. It attracts students from around the world and delivers a first-class, cutting-edge curriculum in an accelerated format.”

Online programs in the EMU College of Education were ranked 113th this year, a rise of 48 spots from the college's most recent ranking a year ago.

“High-quality, engaging online masters’ programs offer working teachers and administrators a cost- and time-efficient opportunity to further advance their careers and professionalize their skills without the need to travel to campus,” said Mike Sayler, dean of the College of Education. “Our online courses and degrees provide a high level of interaction and attention by the faculty teaching the courses.”

The EMU College of Education has online masters programs in Educational Leadership, Educational Psychology, Educational Media and Technology and the Social Foundations of Education.

Universities’ online programs were ranked on a variety of factors, including student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation and faculty credentials and training.

Mike Sayler, dean of the College of Education.

For more on the EMU College of Business’ Integrated Marketing Communications program, please visit the IMC website. For information about College of Education graduate online programs, visit the COE programs website.

The U.S. News and World Report rankings and information are available starting Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 on the U.S. News website.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

January 10, 2017

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