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USF’s online Information Technology graduate program ranks No. 14 in the country. 

Courtesy of USF

By Molly Ryan  

Last week, the University of South Florida sent out a press release announcing that, according to the U.S. News and World Report (U.S. News), five of its 40 online graduate programs had ranked among the top 100 in the nation — two of which made the top 50 and one in the top 15.  

Ranking the highest, USF’s Information Technology program, which teaches important skills in technology-oriented businesses, solidified its spot as No.14, followed by Engineering at No. 30.  

In 2020, USF reported that the U.S. News ranked USF St. Petersburg’s online MBA program at No. 54 and USF Tampa’s online program at No. 95. Now consolidated, the Muma College of Business’s MBA program ranks No. 31.  

In ranking these programs, the U.S. News considers factors like graduation and retention rates, admission requirements, peer reputation, faculty credentials, technology infrastructure and student support services. 

While USF currently offers 40 online graduate programs in subjects such as arts, sciences, business, engineering and education, this number is expected to grow after it had dropped from 51 due to consolidation.  

Tailored to meet the needs of all students, USF’s online graduate programs offer a more flexible option for individuals looking to further their education.  

“Continuing to grow and enhance our online programs is a key part of the University of South Florida’s mission to provide students with access to a world-class education and help meet the workforce needs of our state,” USF Interim President Rhea Law said in the press release. 

“These rankings reflect USF’s commitment to excellence and serve as a testament to the hard work of our faculty and staff who develop and deliver high-quality online courses.”  

These results add to the growing number of USF’s accolades.  

Last September, USF announced that rankings by the U.S. News had forged its position as the fastest rising public university in the country, climbing 48 spots from No. 94 to No. 46 over the past decade. USF also ranks No. 103 on the list of all, public and private, national universities and No. 46 in the most innovative national universities.  

Additionally, the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education’s 2021 Open Doors International Educational Exchange ranked USF No. 1 among Florida universities for international student enrollment.   

“I’ve always said, ‘Do the right thing and the numbers will follow,” St. Petersburg Regional Chancellor Dr. Martin Tadlock said in September. “At USF, we continue to do the right thing by prioritizing student success, celebrating faculty excellence and encouraging world-class research. That’s why we maintain our status as America’s fastest-rising university.”  

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