Columbus State gets more honors in U.S. News & World Report best colleges rankings

Columbus State University's online graduate degrees in business and education are among the best in the country, according to a national magazine.

CSU is No. 33 out of 148 online programs in master of business administration and No. 34 out of 143 online programs in graduate education listed in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, the university announced Tuesday.

The magazine surveyed 628 business schools and 679 education programs for its rankings.

The specific honors add to the overall prestige Columbus State gained in September, when the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2013" rankings put CSU at No. 46 among public regional universities in the South.

The online graduate degree rankings will be in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools 2014" guidebook.

"Receiving this kind of recognition among peer institutions is a great validation of the quality of programs delivered by faculty at Columbus State University," CSU president Tim Mescon said in a news release. "We recognize this as evidence of great work on campus and an acknowledgement of more work to do."

CSU ranks No. 140 among the "2013 Best Online Bachelor's Programs."

Columbus State University offers five bachelor's degrees online: business administration, information technology, liberal arts, nursing and sociology. In fall 2013, Columbus State will start a totally online bachelor's degree in communication that emphasizes civic leadership. A $1 million grant from a national initiative to improve college graduation rates funds that degree's partnership with the University System of Georgia.

U.S. News & World Report uses various factors in its rankings. They include: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; admissions selectivity; and a program's reputation among its peers.