Academic/Campus Life

Nursing and Business Rank High in ‘U.S. News & World Report’

FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, as well as FAU’s College of Business, are both listed in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report national rankings for “Best Online Graduate Programs.”

Now in its sixth year, the U.S. News Best Online Programs list is a resource for students and working adults who are increasingly seeking online education programs for degree completion and career advancement.


By Gisele Galoustian and Jim Hellegaard | 1/12/2017

Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, as well as FAU’s College of Business, are both listed in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report national rankings for “Best Online Graduate Programs.” FAU’s College of Nursing is ranked No. 43 nationally and No. 1 in Florida on the list of “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs,” and is ranked No. 17 nationally and No. 1 in Florida on the list of “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans.” FAU’s College of Business is ranked No. 32 nationally for “Best Online Graduate Business Programs” (non-MBA). In addition, the College’s online MBA again made the list in 2017 for “Best Online MBA Programs.”

“We are delighted to once again join the ranks of prestigious institutions nationwide to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for our innovative and cutting-edge programs and our outstanding faculty,” said Marlaine Smith, Ph.D., R.N., dean of FAU’s College of Nursing. “Our online graduate nursing programs are vital for students and working adults who are determined to complete their nursing degrees or want to advance their careers, and we are proud to provide access to quality online graduate education to our deserving veterans.”

The 2017 Best Online Programs methodologies are based on a number of factors, including student engagement, faculty credentials and student services and technology. Only degree-granting programs at regionally accredited institutions that are offered predominantly online were considered.

“We appreciate the national recognition of the excellent quality programs FAU’s College of Business delivers to working professionals in south Florida,” said Daniel Gropper, Ph.D., dean of FAU's College of Business. “I congratulate our faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication to making these online programs a success.” 

FAU’s College of Nursing’s online master of science degree programs include Nursing Administration and Financial Leadership, a 37- to 39-credit program designed to advance nursing leadership and financial management skills; Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), a 33-credit program focused on care coordination and improving the quality of patient care outcomes and qualifying students to sit for the clinical nurse leader certification examination; and Advanced Holistic Nursing (AHN), a 33-credit concentration designed to advance knowledge of contemporary views of healing and holistic nursing practice grounded in caring with role development in health and wellness coaching, allowing students to earn a Master of Science degree in nursing and qualifying them to sit for board certification in Advanced Holistic Nursing (AHN-BC) and Health and Wellness Nurse Coaching (HWNC-BC).

FAU’s College of Business offers several fully online programs focused on key Florida industries, including Accounting and Health Administration. FAU offers the Master of Accounting (with concentrations in either forensic accounting or business valuation), an Executive Master of Taxation and an Executive Masters in Health Administration, all of which offer opportunities for working professionals to earn high quality degrees online from an AACSB-accredited school. Students in FAU’s School of Accounting Executive Programs can stream lectures live over the Internet to their computer or mobile device, or they can watch the lectures at any time during the week. For those who desire a more traditional classroom experience, optional live lectures are held on Saturday mornings at the Fort Lauderdale campus. The Executive Masters in Health Administration curriculum is a cross-section of business disciplines. From Health Law and Organization Behavior in Healthcare to Healthcare Finance and Research Methods, the courses provide the latest health administration-specific content.

Now in its sixth year, the U.S. News Best Online Programs list is a resource for students and working adults who are increasingly seeking online education programs for degree completion and career advancement. Prospective students can use the searchable directory to explore factors such as tuition, program offerings and online services offered to enrolled students.

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 Last Modified 1/12/17