Four MSU online master’s programs named in nation’s top-10

January 24, 2023

Michigan State University, a leading institution in the field of education, remains home to some of the most prestigious and highly-ranked online master’s degree programs in the country.

According to U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings, MSU moved up 14 spots overall from 2022 and has four specialty programs in the top-10.

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The college ranked:

  • #1 in Curriculum and Instruction
  • #2 in Educational Administration and Supervision (up from #4 last year)
  • #6 in Educational/Media Design (down from #5 last year)
  • #7 (tie) in Special Education
  • #10 (tie) overall

“The opportunities afforded by the college’s top-ranked online programs align seamlessly with not only the university’s land grant mission, but the strategic vision to expand opportunity and equity for all,” said Jerlando F. L. Jackson, dean of the MSU College of Education. “These top rankings confirm that our graduate students are using their strong knowledge base to excel in their fields of practice.”

MSU’s education programs remain strong in the specialty rankings, which are now in their third year. The lengthy 12-page methodology guide outlines how rankings are determined. Areas such as engagement, faculty credentials & training, and a peer assessment survey make up 70 percent of the score.

Within the area of engagement, U.S. News evaluates class size, graduation rates, best practices, one-year retention rates and time to degree deadlines. In this year’s list, 338 institutions were evaluated, matching 2022.

The MSU College of Education offers 10 fully online and hybrid master’s programs:

Once again, MSU has solidified its position as a leading institution in the field of education and a premier provider of online master’s degree programs.

MSU continues to lead the way

For 28 consecutive years, the MSU College of Education has ranked #1 in elementary and secondary education according to another set of rankings from U.S. News World & Report.

Internationally, MSU is recognized as: