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

Two Degree Programs Included in 2017 U.S. News & World Report
“Best Online Education Program” Rankings


Two Marist College online degree programs – the Master of Business Administration and the BA/BS in Professional Studies – have 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. Marist again appears on the publication's "Best of" list for graduate business programs, which debuted in 2015. 

For 2017, Marist’s BA/BS in Professional Studies is ranked No. 28 in the nation after moving up 20 places from last year's list. Its MBA is tied at No. 61. The College is tied at No. 66 on the list of the nation's best online graduate business programs

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 is committed to continuously improving our Professional Studies program," says Dr. Daniel Szpiro, Dean of the School of Professional Programs at Marist College, "so it is great to see the results of that work reflected in the latest U.S. News rankings." 

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.

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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. 

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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.