Kent State Online Among 2023 Best Online Programs in Nursing, Business, and Education

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U.S. News & World Report has named five Kent State programs as U.S. News Best Online Programs for 2023. Kent State is recognized in the Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs, Best Online Master’s in Nursing Education Programs, Best Online Master’s in Business Programs, Best Online MBA Programs, and Best Online Master’s in Education Programs rankings.

Ken State University’s Online Nursing programs

Kent State University is doing its part to help address the nationwide nursing shortage by training highly skilled nurses to add to the nursing talent pool. In addition, Kent State is educating students to become nurse educators to address the shortage of nursing school faculty to teach, mentor, and develop nursing students and practicing nurses, compounding the overall nursing shortage. Both programs are now being recognized as top programs in the nation in new rankings.

Kent State’s online master’s in nursing program, offered by the College of Nursing, moved up three spots to No. 65 in the nation among all public and private institutions, making it once again the highest-ranked program in northern Ohio. Impressively, Kent State’s Nurse Educator program, a specialty ranked under the Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs, came in at No. 11, the highest ranking among institutions in northern Ohio. It is the first time that Kent State’s Nurse Educator program has been ranked by U.S. News.

Kent State University’s Online Master of Science in Nursing

The online Master of Science in Nursing degree prepares nurses for advanced clinical roles while making them eligible for national certification as clinical nurse specialists (CNS), nurse practitioners (NP), or to serve as nurse educators, health care management, or leadership roles.

This degree meets the educational eligibility requirements for national certification in the respective study area. Full-time students can complete the degree program in four to five semesters (two full academic years). Part-time students typically take three to four years to complete the program.

For more information on Kent State’s Online Master of Science in Nursing degree, visit https://onlinedegrees.kent.edu/degrees/master-of-science-in-nursing.

For more information on Kent State’s Online Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate, visit https://onlinedegrees.kent.edu/degrees/certificate-nurse-educator.


Kent State University’s Online Business programs

Two programs offered by Kent State’s Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship are among the best in the 2023 rankings. The online master’s in business programs comes in at No. 100, the highest ranking among all institutions in Northeast Ohio. Kent State’s Online MBA program jumped 51 spots in the list to rank No. 102 this year, making it the highest-ranked program in northern Ohio.

Kent State University’s Online Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The modular, eight-week course structure allows you to enroll in any semester and study at your own pace. The online MBA offers a case-based curriculum, a flexible schedule, academic advisors who are always willing to help, access to an MBA career coach, digital career services offerings, and an online speaker series. The online MBA offers access to a full range of resources also offered to in-person graduate students.

The online Master of Business Administration degree is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).

For more information on Kent State’s Online MBA, visit https://onlinedegrees.kent.edu/degrees/mba.


Kent State University’s Online Education programs

Offered by the College of Education, Health and Human Services, Kent State’s online graduate education programs have once again been recognized as the highest ranked at a public university in Northeast Ohio, ranking at No. 142. This list compiles the rankings of online programs offering master’s degrees in education. This is the sixth year Kent State’s online graduate education programs have been ranked by U.S. News.

Kent State University Online Master’s Degrees from the College of Education, Health and Human Services

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services (EHHS) at Kent State University offers several graduate degrees, concentrations, and certificates 100% online. With the working professional in mind, the college is dedicated to providing quality education on an online platform.

Cultural Foundations (M.Ed.) - The Online Master of Education degree in Cultural Foundations explores education through a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives: philosophy of education, history of education, sociology of education, comparative/international education, anthropology of education, gender studies, multicultural studies, and religious studies.

Curriculum & Instruction (M.Ed.) - The Online Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction provides a wide range of graduate study opportunities in progressive, research-based curriculum and teaching practices. The program prepares educators for continuing professional development, education in a multicultural society, and leadership for curriculum reform and renewal.

Educational Psychology (M.Ed.) - The Online Master of Education degree in Educational Psychology provides advanced study for students interested in applying psychological principles to learning and instruction. It encompasses a variety of disciplines, including cognitive psychology, human development, and learning theory.

Educational Technology (M.Ed.) - The Online Master of Education degree in Educational Technology prepares students to design, develop and use various technologies in school classrooms, training facilities, or other educational settings. The program’s Online and Blended Learning Certificate and the Computer Technology Endorsement are also offered online.

Hospitality & Tourism Management (M.S.) - The Online Master of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management provides an integrated hospitality and tourism graduate education emphasizing the field’s regional, national, and global implications. Students will develop critical analysis skills and research abilities and understand advanced hospitality and tourism issues.

Research, Measurement & Statistics (M.Ed.) - The Online Master of Education degree in Research, Measurement & Statistics develops educators and specialists in the areas of assessment, measurement, research design, and program evaluation for careers in schools (pre-kindergarten to grade 12) and in higher education.

Special Education (M.Ed.) - The Online Master of Education degree in Special Education provides students with an advanced understanding of contemporary research and practice issues in special education. The General Special Education concentration, the Autism Spectrum Disorder graduate certificate, and the Behavioral Intervention Specialist graduate certificate are also offered fully online.

Interprofessional Leadership (Ed.D.) - The Online Doctor of Education degree in Interprofessional Studies allows for the study of leadership from an interprofessional perspective that is framed around questions of equity, ethics, and social justice to bring about solutions to complex problems of practice. The program prepares leaders who can construct and apply knowledge to make a difference for individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

For more information on Kent State Online Master’s Degrees from the College of Education, Health and Human Services, visit https://onlinedegrees.kent.edu/degrees/ehhs-online-programs.


About the U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Designed for individuals looking to complete or further their education, the U.S. News 2023 Best Online Programs rankings evaluate more than 1,800 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The Best Online Programs include rankings of bachelor’s programs as well as the following master’s-level disciplines: MBA, business (non-MBA), computer information technology (including computer science), criminal justice/criminology, education, engineering, and nursing. While the methodologies are different for each discipline, they all incorporate metrics specific to online learning.

For more information about the U.S. News 2023 Best Online Programs rankings, visit www.usnews.com/education/online-education/rankings.


Kent State University Online Degrees

Kent State University is a pioneer in online and distance education, offering its first online program more than 15 years ago. Kent State now offers more than 70 online degree and certificate programs, unmatched by most peer universities, with new online programs and degrees continually added.

Earn your degree anytime, anywhere, with Kent State University’s online graduate degrees, online undergraduate degrees, and online certificate programs. Kent State Online brings together online programs and assistance for students, faculty, the community, and global audiences.

Kent State Online offers undergraduate degrees and certificate programs.

For more information on Kent State’s Online Degrees, visit https://www.kent.edu/online

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