January 16, 2019  

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USM Online Business Programs Receive Lofty National Rankings

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Three different online degree programs offered by The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Economic Development have received Top-20 rankings nationally by online publications in their 2018-19 surveys.

The University earned a No. 16 ranking for its bachelor’s degree in business program in the 2019 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Business list. The same online publication rated USM at No. 18 for Most Affordable Online Colleges for Sports Management.

USM’s online MBA in Sport Event Security Management came in at No. 17 in national rankings compiled by OnlineMBAPage.com.

“Rankings, by themselves, generally do not paint a complete picture of the quality and value provided by a business program,” said Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of USM’s College of Business and Economic Development. “It is exciting to be recognized by so many different sources as that suggests we are providing exemplars for business education.

“The No. 16 ranking, for example, includes a concept of ‘return on investment,’ where, the company compared the cost of tuition to career salaries and commended USM for that return for our students. Our online MBA program has been in existence for four years, so it is nice to see the recognition of the quality of that program recognized as well.”

To be considered for the Most Affordable Online College rankings, schools must be regionally accredited and need to offer at least one fully online degree in a given subject for the degree level of the list. Tuitions were manually researched and reflect the degree level of the list. Out-of-state tuitions were used unless in-state tuition is offered to all online students.

Program data including available degrees, tuition rates, and details about program coursework were collected from official school websites, reflecting data for the 2018-2019 school year. These data were collected in August of 2018. Acceptance rates, programmatic accreditation, and profit status of schools were collected from official websites of the accreditation agencies or from the National Center for Education Statistics.

To view the complete rankings, visit: https://www.onlineu.org/most-affordable-colleges/business-degrees

OnlineMBApage.com had this to say about its Top-20 ranking for USM’s MBA in Sport Event Security Management: “When you offer something of exceptional quality, you get noticed. When you offer something that is both unique and of the highest quality you win awards. Nowhere is this truer than with University of Southern Mississippi’s MBA in Sport Event Security Management, the only MBA concentration of its kind available anywhere in the world.”

To view the complete rankings, visit: https://onlinembapage.com/mba-sports-management-list/#mississippi


To learn more about the USM College of Business and Economic Development, call 601.266.4659 or visit: https://www.usm.edu/business. To learn more about the online programs at Southern Miss, visit https://online.usm.edu/