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U.S. News & World Report Ranks FSC's Online MBA Program Among Top 100 in Nation

Jan 26, 2021

U.S. News & World Report, in its latest annual listing of the best online master's degree programs in business administration, has ranked Florida Southern College’s Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at No. 94 in its 2021 report — an increase of 51% in a single year, from the 2020 ranking at No. 191.


“I am extremely pleased to share this exciting recognition of our incredible online MBA program,” said Dr. Anne B. Kerr, president of Florida Southern College. “The dramatic increase in our national ranking, in which FSC ranks higher than many of our well-renowned peer institutions, illustrates the exceptional work of our faculty members and demonstrates their continuing commitment to excellence, as well as the outstanding quality of our MBA students.”

Florida Southern’s online MBA program, which started in spring 2016, has seen a 254% growth in the past four years. The 33-hour, self-paced online program utilizes a seven-week format and offers tracks/concentrations in business analytics, CPA licensure, I/O psychology, and supply chain management.

FSC’s inclusion in the U.S. News Top 100 of Best Online MBA Programs for 2021 was determined by evaluation of data in five categories:

  • Engagement (opportunities to readily interact with instructors and classmates);
  • Expert Opinion (via a survey of high-ranking academic officials at MBA programs);
  • Faculty Credentials and Training (comparing academic credentials of online instructors to those of on-campus instructors);
  • Student Excellence (MBA students entering program with proven aptitudes, ambitions and accomplishments);
  • Student Services and Technologies (incorporation of diverse online learning technologies with strongly supportive learning assistance, career guidance, and financial aid resources).

Data for the U.S. News ranking of Best Online MBA Programs was collected between September 2020 and November 2020, and was based on responses from 324 schools offering online MBAs.

“We attribute this significant increase in our ranking to the efforts of our faculty,” said Dr. Michael Weber, dean of the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise. “They excel at delivering industry relevant content and providing experiential learning opportunities for our students. We can also thank our alumni, who have been more than willing to provide employment/outcome data and testimonials regarding their success after graduation. The improved ranking was also influenced by our investments in student services and technologies, as well as the unwavering commitment of our admissions team to recruit and enroll the best and brightest MBA students.”

Dr. Weber adds: “We are excited that our Online MBA has broken into the Top 100 of best programs, as this is an incredible affirmation of the high-quality MBA that we deliver. We look forward to additional recognition at the national and international level, as our programs continue to evolve."