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U.S. News: Marist Online Programs Among the Nation's Best

Two Degree Programs Included in 2014 U.S. News & World Report
“Best Online Education Program” Rankings

BA/BS in Professional Studies and MBA IN NATIONAL RANKINGS

POUGHKEEPSIE (January 9, 2014) – Two Marist College online degree programs – the Master of Business Administration and the BA/BS in Professional Studies – have once again been ranked among the top in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online Education Programs.” Both programs have appeared on the "Best Online Education Programs" list since its inception in 2012.

For 2014, Marist’s BA/BS in Professional Studies is ranked 17th out of 283, and its MBA ranks 46th out of 239 programs listed.

To devise its lists, U.S. News considered admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and teaching practices and student engagement. Complete rankings are available at

Marist’s Online MBA                                                                                                                                    

Marist launched New York State's first AACSB-accredited, 100%-online MBA program in 1998. It was also one of the first such programs in the nation. The AACSB is the premier business school accrediting body. Also known as the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, it accredits less than one third of business programs in the world. U.S. News also included Marist in its 2013 listing of the top 250 part-time MBA programs, and the School of Management is listed in the Princeton Review's "Best Business Schools" for 2014, as well.

For more information on the Marist MBA program, go to

Marist’s Online BA/BS in Professional Studies

Known as “Finish@Marist,” the integrative, accelerated bachelor's degree completion option in Professional Studies for adult students can be customized to draw upon previous college, service, and professional experience. Broad degree concentration options and accelerated 6- to 15-week courses, along with online, on-ground, and hybrid classroom choices, allow students to tailor this option to meet their interests and career goals and finish on a schedule that suits their needs.

For more information on Marist’s online BA/BS in Professional Studies, go to

Online Education at Marist College

These latest rankings of online programs further affirm Marist's role as a longtime leader in delivering top-quality online education. Marist has offered online courses for well more than a decade, and its faculty members are well-versed in customizing their approaches to make the most of the online format, delivering flexible and efficient programs that maximize the overall student experience.

In addition to the MBA and BA/BS in Professional Studies, Marist offers fully-online graduate degree programs in Integrated Marketing Communication, Communication, Public Administration, Information Systems, and Technology Management.

Marist is also a leader in developing a customized online course management system. This system is built upon Sakai, an open-source technology developed by a group of leading international colleges and universities, including Marist. Marist Senior Academic Technology Officer Josh Baron serves on the board of the Apereo Foundation, which oversees the development of Sakai. Among other awards, Marist Academic Technology has received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help develop analytics to support online student learning.

Marist’s IT Department, also a leader in its field, plays a major role in innovating and supporting online education initiatives at Marist. Its leader, Vice President and Chief Information Officer Bill Thirsk, was named a "Premier 100 IT Leader" by Computerworld magazine.