FAU Programs Among the Best in ‘U.S. News & World Report’

U.S. News & World Report, Best Online Graduate Programs, Nursing, Business, Education, Florida, National Rankings

By gisele galoustian | 1/15/2019

Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, College of Business and College of Education are listed in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report national rankings for “Best Online Graduate Programs.”

FAU’s College of Nursing climbed from the No. 39 spot in 2018 to the No. 23 spot nationwide for the “2019 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs,” and is the top-ranked program in the state of Florida. FAU’s College of Business is ranked No. 51 in 2019 nationwide for the “Best Online MBA Programs,” and No. 43 in 2019 for the “Best Online Business Programs – Non MBA. The College of Education is ranked No. 77 nationwide for the 2019 “Best Online Education Programs,” up from the No. 83 spot in 2018 and the No. 193 spot in 2017.

In addition, FAU’s online graduate nursing programs, online MBA programs and online business programs – non MBA, are all listed on the “Best Online Programs for Veterans 2019.”

“We are both honored and delighted to be included with our colleagues in the College of Business and the College of Education in this year’s U.S. News & World Report ‘Best Online Graduate Programs.’ We are especially proud to be ranked as the No. 1 program in Florida and to be listed as a top program serving our veterans,” said Marlaine Smith, Ph.D., R.N., dean of FAU’s College of Nursing. “We continue to soar in these rankings because of our exceptional students and our outstanding faculty and staff who help us to develop and deliver innovative and cutting-edge programs to advance careers in nursing.”

The 2019 Best Online Programs methodologies are based on a number of factors, including  engagement, faculty credentials and training, expert opinion, student excellence, and services and technologies provided. Only degree-granting programs at regionally accredited institutions that are offered predominantly online were considered.

“To be listed once again in the U.S. News & World Report national rankings for our graduate online MBA and our non-MBA graduate programs, accounting and health administration, is a tribute to our incredibly talented faculty and staff who enable us to provide the highest-quality graduate business programs in this region,” said Daniel Gropper, Ph.D., dean of FAU's College of Business. “We also are honored to share this recognition with our colleagues in nursing and education and to be included in the ‘Best Online Programs for Veterans 2019.’”

Now in its eighth year, the U.S. News & World Report “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.

“Our programs are designed to provide vital services that support six major public school districts in this region and we are proud that our online graduate education programs have once again been recognized in the U.S. News & World Report national rankings,” said Valerie J. Bristor, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s College of Education. “These rankings are a testament to our very talented and dedicated faculty, students and staff, and we are extremely proud to share this distinction with our colleagues in the College of Nursing and the College of Business.”

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.

FAU’s College of Education online Master of Education degree programs include Curriculum and Instruction, offering specialization in multicultural education or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages); Education Leadership, an adult and community education program with a focus on sustainability designed to foster personal and community development; and Instructional Technology, a program providing knowledge and skills necessary to apply modern technology in educational and training settings. The college also offers an online Master of Science in Health Promotion degree, designed to develop skills and competencies to effectively assess, design, implement and evaluate health promotion programs.