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SJU Online Programs Rank in Top 35 by U.S. News & World Report

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Excellence in online learning at St. John’s University has been recognized once again by the editors of U.S. News & World Report, who this year ranked the University’s Internet-based graduate business and education programs among the top 35 in the nation.

The publication released the annual results of its 2017 “Best Online Graduate Education Programs” on January 10. The Peter J. Tobin College of Business offers online graduate non-MBA programs (accounting and taxation) that rank 32nd, up from 43rd in 2016. The School of Education’s online graduate program placed 22nd—keeping its stronghold within the top 25.

“The online program market has become much more competitive in recent years, which means we must continue to deliver online graduate programs of superior quality to earn these high national rankings from U.S. News & World Report,” said Elizabeth Ciabocchi, Ed.D., Vice Provost for Digital Learning and Executive Director of Online Learning and Services.

Dr. Ciabocchi’s team provides guidance, training, and support to faculty who design and teach the University’s hybrid and online offerings. “A great deal of the credit for these rankings goes to our faculty,” she noted, “and to all of the administrators and staff who help supervise the graduate business and graduate education programs.”

This is the sixth consecutive year U.S. News has collected data from distance education programs, expanding its range and depth of information in 2017 by assessing 1,328 online degree programs—69 more than the 2016 list.

"This top-tier ranking supports the strength of St. John's teaching and scholarship in the areas of accounting and taxation," noted Norean R. Sharpe, Ph.D., Dean, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business.

“We are extremely proud to be represented among the top 25 programs,” said Michael Sampson, Ph.D., Dean, The School of Education. “The ranking is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff.”

U.S. News weighs five different categories to determine the best programs: student engagement, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation.