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Among the Best in the Nation – U.S. News Recognizes UCM Nursing and Business Graduate Programs

By Alex Gamblin, April 25, 2023

WARRENSBURG, MO -- The 2023-2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings have recognized the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and the part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs at the University of Central Missouri for their high enrollment rates, high average test scores and more.

As a distinguished provider of collegiate information, resources and rankings, U.S. News & World Report is a valuable tool for students to determine the best fit for their educational goals. The organization collaborates with industry experts to release yearly rankings for reputable programs throughout the country. In addition to surveys and peer review data, U.S. News uses statistical data reported from colleges to determine its annual rankings. Factors compared include enrollment; acceptance rates, test scores, diversity, student-faculty ratios, starting salaries and job placement. The media company values and practices utmost transparency by offering in-depth details regarding its ranking methodologies.

“When prospective students are considering their options for graduate school, the Best Graduate Schools rankings are designed to help them identify schools that excel in the program they want to study,” said LaMont Jones, senior editor of Education at U.S. News. “With many options available, U.S. News provides a wealth of data in an easy format to help each student make the best decision.”

Between fall 2022 and early 2023, U.S. News conducted a survey of business schools to gather data on six ranking factors for part-time programs; peer assessment scores, GMAT/GRE scores, average undergraduate GPA of all new 2022 entrants, the average number of work experience in months, the proportion of part-time students to full institutional enrollment and total part-time enrollment. UCM’s part-time MBA is located in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies, and its total enrollment for 2022 was 112, placing it in the top 50 percent nationally.

Organizations like Forbes, and University HQ have recognized the MBA program at UCM as an exceptional program and have included it in their rankings. Fortune Education recently recognized UCM’s program among the Best Part-Time MBA Programs and one of the 25 Most Affordable MBAs in 2022-2023.

U.S. News’ rankings for the Nursing, MS in the College of Health, Science and Technology. were determined by 15 indicators dispersed across four categories; master's program student selectivity and master's program size, quality assessment, research activity and faculty resources.

The latest national recognition for UCM’s Nursing graduate program is a continuation of past achievements. U.S. News ranked UCM’s MSN among the Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs in 2021 and 2022 consecutively as well as one of the Best Nursing Schools: Master's in 2022. UCM was also named to The Princeton Review's 2023 Best Online Nursing School Master's Programs.

Considered the gold standard of business program accreditation, the University of Central Missouri is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – meeting a rigorous set of international standards in business education.

Information about the Master of Science in Nursing at UCM can also be found online through the program website, by calling Dr. Jaime Dodson, chair of the School of Nursing, at 660-543-4775 or contact the school via email at For more information about the MBA program at UCM, visit the program website or contact Dr. Dan Jensen, MBA director, at 660-543-8039 or via email at 

About U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower consumers, business leaders and policy officials to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A multifaceted digital media company with Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, News and 360 Reviews platforms, U.S. News provides rankings, independent reporting, data journalism, consumer advice and U.S. News Live events. More than 40 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C


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