Marist Online Programs Top U.S. News Rankings

Julia Fishman

January 15, 2019—Three of Marist College’s online offerings were ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online Education Program” rankings for 2019. 

Marist has long been a proponent of distance learning. The innovative online Bachelor’s degree program in Professional Studies was ranked #49. This program allows adult learners to use previously earned credits and life experience to finish their education. “This program is an absolutely essential one, helping adults to complete degrees to better their employment opportunities and enhance their professional futures,” said Dean Daniel Szpiro.

Two online graduate programs in Marist’s School of Management were also recognized for excellence. The graduate program in business (non-MBA) was ranked #60 and the Master’s in Business Administration moved up to #58 in the MBA category. “We appreciate this recognition, which affirms the rigor and quality of these programs,” noted Management Dean Lawrence Singleton.

To devise its lists, U.S. News considered four general categories: student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation. Complete rankings are available at

Marist has been a longtime leader in online education. “Marist was an early adopter of distance learning; we’ve offered online courses for well over a decade,” said Sean P. Kaylor, Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing and Communication. “The College is committed to access and the online format benefits working adults by delivering flexible, rigorous, and efficient programs that lead to career-enhancing degrees.” 

The College prides itself on flexibility in its offerings to reach students of all backgrounds and life situations. Recognized program highlights include:

Marist’s Online BA/BS in Professional Studies
This online program, called Professional Studies, is an integrative, accelerated bachelor's degree completion pathway that can be customized to both draw upon previous college, service, and professional experience while learning new career-related skills. Multiple degree concentration options and accelerated 8-week courses, in both online and hybrid formats, allow adult 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, visit the School of Professional Programs website.

Marist’s Online Business Graduate Programs
Marist offers a 100% online Master’s Degree in Public Administration. The MPA program features distinct areas of concentration to choose from, including ethical leadership, healthcare administration, public management, analytics, and nonprofit management. The MPA program is accredited by NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration), the recognized global accreditor for graduate programs in public policy, public affairs, public administration, and public & nonprofit management. In 2017, Marist launched a Master’s in Professional Accountancy program. 

For more information about these offerings, visit the School of Management’s MPA and MS in Professional Accountancy sites.  

Marist’s Online MBA
Marist launched New York State's first AACSB-accredited 100%-online MBA program in 1998, 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 five percent of business programs worldwide.           

For more information on the Marist MBA program, visit the MBA Program website.

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