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University of Southern Mississippi Recognized for 19 Top Degree Programs in U.S.

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:42pm | By: Van Arnold

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) has been awarded top ranking status for 19 degree programs by – an online resource guide designed to help students make informed decisions about higher education programs.

USM was listed amongst hundreds of other competing institutions across the nation. The student-focused comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 1,604 accredited colleges and universities. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum

quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.

“We are very pleased with this recognition of our outstanding, student-focused online programs. We strive to provide exceptional instruction, relevant curricula, and career-readying experiences for our online students, and it is rewarding to see our faculty and leadership in the programs get these national accolades,” said Dr. Amy L. Chasteen, Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at USM.

The 2020 rankings are calculated through a unique scoring system which includes student engagement, potential return on investment, and leading third-party evaluations. analyzed hundreds of schools with comparable programs on a scale of 0 to 100.

“Today’s higher education landscape offers many options to professionals seeking online degrees,” added Chasteen. “Given the current competitive environment for recruiting and retaining students, we are honored to be recognized nationally for the good work we are doing and the ways in which we are supporting students to earn their degrees and advance their career opportunities.

The University’s Sport Management undergraduate and graduate programs were both ranked in the Top-11 nationally. Dr. Jamye Foster, Director of USM’s School of Marketing, which oversees the program, notes that the rankings validate the efforts by faculty and the rigorous requirements associated therein.

“Our Sport Management faculty is dedicated to student success, and they work hard to make sure the curriculum stays relevant and impactful,” said Foster. “One of our main goals within the School of Marketing is to prepare our graduates for the workforce, and our Sport Management programs are designed to accomplish that.”

USM has been recognized for the following degree programs:

Master’s in Child Development Degree Programs | Ranked #2


Master’s in Training and Development Degree Programs | Ranked #4


Master’s in Sports Management Degree Programs | Ranked #7


Sports Management Degree Programs | Ranked #11


Master’s in Library Science Degree Programs | Ranked #12


Master’s in Music Education Degree Programs | Ranked #13


Online Colleges | Ranked #14


Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction Degree Programs | Ranked #17


Master’s in Human and Family Development Degree Programs | Ranked #18


Child Development Degree Programs | Ranked #20


Sports Medicine Degree Programs | Ranked #20


Master’s in Coaching Degree Programs | Ranked #21


Master’s in Education Administration Degree Programs | Ranked #25


Master’s in Gifted and Talented Education Degree Programs | Ranked #25


Master’s in Nutrition Degree Programs | Ranked #25


Nutrition Degree Programs | Ranked #26


Most Affordable Online Colleges | Ranked #30


Construction Management Degree Programs | Ranked #39


Engineering Degree Programs | Ranked #54


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