US News Ranks JSU Online Programs Among Nation's Best


Two Jacksonville State online degree programs have been named among the best in the nation by US News & World Report: the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Science in Criminal Justice. 

The MS in Criminal Justice is the highest ranked online program in Alabama and 39th in the nation. The 30-hour program allows students to choose between thesis and non-thesis options. In addition to the master’s program, the Department of Criminal Justice also offers a concentration in criminal justice within the university’s Master of Public Administration program. 

The online Master of Business Administration program is ranked 147th in the nation and 4th in the state, behind Auburn University, Samford University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Accredited by AACSB-International, the program offers a 30-hour general MBA and a 33-hour MBA concentrated in accounting. 

Using data gathered directly from each institution, U.S. News is the only publication to evaluate online degrees at the program level rather than the school level. The methodologies are based on factors including student engagement, faculty credentials, and student services and technology. Only degree-granting programs at regionally accredited institutions that are offered primarily online were considered.

"Online programs can offer a flexible learning environment for students who have to balance classes with working a full-time job, caring for their family or other responsibilities," said Anita Narayan, managing editor of education at US News. "The Best Online Programs rankings allow students to compare accredited programs and find those that best fit their education interests and career goals."

JSU now offers more than 30 accredited online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. For more information about any of these programs, please visit