TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 14, 2020) – The University of South Florida delivers several of the best online graduate programs in the nation, according to new rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report (U.S. News). Five of USF’s online graduate degrees rank in the top 100, including two inside the top 25. The rise in graduate online rankings reflects USF’s continued upward trajectory as a leading global research university.
U.S. News ranks USF’s graduate computer information technology program No. 10 in the nation, an improvement of 10 spots from last year. This is the highest position for the program since U.S. News started online rankings in 2016.
USF’s graduate engineering program is No. 23, a 14-spot increase from 2019.
USF St. Petersburg’s online MBA program ranks No. 54 and USF Tampa’s MBA program is No. 95.
USF’s graduate education program jumped 14 spots from 2019 to No. 55.
USF currently offers 59 fully or primarily online graduate degree programs, providing a convenient distance learning platform to students while yielding high-quality education. Fifty-one percent of USF’s graduate students have registered for at least one online course over the past year.
“During my time at the University of South Florida, I’ve seen a rise in the number of high-quality online programs extended to students, all of which are created with student success in mind,” said Ralph Wilcox, USF provost and executive vice president. “USF is committed to adapt technologies and resources in providing accessible education for the needs of students with unique schedules and career goals. I am proud of USF’s dedication to developing and delivering student-oriented online programs of the highest quality.”
U.S. News’ methodology for graduate online programs considers factors such as graduation and retention rates, admission requirements, peer reputation, faculty credentials, technology infrastructure and student support services. The weight of each category varies from program to program.
In September 2019, U.S. News ranked USF No. 44 among public institutions on its list of best national universities. Over the past 10 years, no other public university in the nation has risen faster in U.S. News and World Report’s national university rankings than USF.
About the University of South Florida System
The University of South Florida System is a high-impact global research system dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three institutions: USF, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. The institutions are separately accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. All institutions have distinct missions and their own detailed strategic plans. Serving over 50,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.8 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.