Creating Career-Ready Graduates: Kent State Recognized Nationally for High-Quality Online Graduate Degree Programs

Three programs ranked among top 100 by US News & World Report

Online learning continues to thrive at Kent State University.

U.S. News & World Report recognizes Kent State in the Best Online Master’s in Education Programs, Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs, Best Online Master’s in Business Programs and Best Online Master’s in MBA Programs lists in its new 2024 Best Online Programs rankings. Notably, three of the university’s online programs rank among the top 100 on the list, with the online master’s in education programs moving up 84 spots to No. 58, the highest ranking for a public institution in northern Ohio on this year’s list.

Kent State aims not only to make a quality education more accessible to the meritorious many but also to create lifelong learners. Both aspects have once again been recognized on a national scale.

“We are extremely proud of our latest U.S. News 2024 Best Online Master’s in Education Programs ranking,” said James C. Hannon, Ph.D., dean of Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services. “This is a historically high ranking for our college. We have been strategically investing in and expanding our online programming over the past six-plus years. Our goal has always been to not just offer online programs but to offer high-quality programs that meet industry demand. This ranking serves as a marker of our success.” 

This is the seventh year Kent State’s online master’s in education programs have been ranked by U.S. News.

Kent State’s online master’s in nursing program offered by the College of Nursing ranks No. 54 on this year’s list, up 11 spots from last year, making it once again the highest-ranking program among all public and private institutions in northern Ohio. The university’s online master’s in business program moved up three spots to land at No. 97 on this year’s list, the highest ranking among all institutions in Northeast Ohio. Lastly, the university’s online master’s in MBA program ranks No. 107 on the 2024 U.S. News list, making it the highest-ranked program among all institutions in northern Ohio. Both the online master’s in business program and the online master’s in MBA program are offered by Kent State’s Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

To be considered for inclusion on the list, U.S. News evaluated schools in the Best Online Programs list based on a variety of factors, such as student engagement, faculty credentials, and services and technologies. The 2024 list is designed for individuals looking to complete or further their education. This year’s edition evaluates more than 1,800 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs using metrics specific to online learning. The rankings only include degree-granting programs offered primarily online by regionally accredited institutions.

For more information about the U.S. News 2024 Best Online Programs list, visit

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Kent State University students walk across Risman Plaza in front of the fountain and the Kent Student Center.

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 7, 2024 12:50 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 7, 2024 02:48 PM
Amy Antenora