Brenau’s Online Graduate Education Degree Programs Rank in U.S. News national Top 50

Mar 10, 2015
Brenau Staff

U.S. News & World Report’s comprehensive 2015 directory of the nation’s top online degrees ranked Brenau University’s graduate education degree programs No. 42 in the nation.

Published today, the directory puts Brenau alongside some highly regarded teacher colleges, including Augustana, Old Dominion and University of Nevada – Reno, flanked by University of North Carolina at Wilmington at 35th and at 47th a collection of much larger schools like Boise State, Wright State and University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign and Drexel. The state’s flagship university, the University of Georgia, ranked at No. 28, and Georgia State University at No. 54, were the only other Georgia institutions on the top-rated-schools list.

Brenau’s rankings lauded its education graduate studies, which lead to Master of Education or Education Specialist degrees (considered to be between a master’s and a doctorate). However, the university also offers some undergraduate degrees in education as well as programs in many other disciplines.

“The availability of the online academic platform is essential in providing advanced degree opportunities to teachers,” said Brenau President Ed Schrader. “It is difficult for someone who may be teaching all day every weekday to find time to go to a campus for further studies during those same daylight hours. But we tailored our program so there would be no degradation of quality between the on-campus platform and the online platform. These continued high rankings by U.S. News & World Report rating shows we are doing exactly that.”

U.S. News ranks schools through surveys with students and others, including faculty, staff and administrators of other institutions, in five areas: student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, admissions selectivity, and peer reputation. Also, degrees from programs that are well respected by academics as held in higher regard among employers come into play as well.

Students only taking online courses typically are non-traditional students: adult learners seeking advanced or undergraduate degrees while working full-time jobs and managing busy schedules of family and personal lives away from college campuses. However, that is not always the case. Residential students at the 137-year-old Brenau Women’s College also occasionally take courses online to resolve scheduling conflicts with other courses and time-consuming activities like participating in theatrical productions.

A listing of Brenau’s online degree programs may be found at Educational Specialist in Early Childhood Education (Ed.S.), Educational Specialist in Middle Grades Education (Ed.S.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A), Master of Business Administration in Accounting, Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management, Master of Business Administration in Insurance Management, Master of Business Administration in Project Management, Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (M.Ed.), Master of Education in Middle Grades Education, Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design (M.F.A.), Master of Science in Applied Gerontology, Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Liberal Studies (2-year), Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership, Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) Degree, Accounting, Business Administration, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Human Resources Management, Registered Nurse – Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN – B.S.N.).