Southeast’s Graduate Programs in Nursing, Communication Disorders, Business Administration Recognized by U.S. News


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 11, 2015 — Southeast Missouri State University’s master’s degree programs in nursing, communication disorders and business administration are among the nation’s leading graduate programs, according to the 2016 edition of Best Graduate Schools released this week by U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News’ recognition of Southeast’s master’s degree programs in nursing, communication disorders and business underscores what others in this region already know about these quality programs, said Dr. Charles McAllister, dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

“Southeast’s School of Graduate Studies is pleased to be recognized for the quality of its master’s degree programs in nursing, business, and communication disorders,” he said. “The Master of Science in Nursing prepares graduates for advanced healthcare delivery across the lifespan, with emphasis on the needs present throughout southeast Missouri.  The Master of Business Administration has been consistently validated by external organizations as providing exceptional preparation in business operations and managerial strategy. The Master of Arts in Communication Disorders is a specialized program with an extensive record of successfully preparing students for national certification and state licensure as speech-language pathologists.”

Southeast’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree offers a family nurse practitioner and nurse educator options. The graduate program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program offered by the Donald L. Harrison College of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the Commission of Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) and the Network of Business Schools (NIBS). AACSB is recognized worldwide as the leading accrediting body of graduate programs in business. Southeast’s MBA program offers options in accounting, entrepreneurship, environmental management, financial management, general management, health administration, international business, industrial management and sport management.

Southeast’s graduate program in communication disorders provides students with professional preparation in the area of speech-language pathology. The program is accredited in the area of speech-language pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The 2016 edition features information and rankings for the largest professional graduate school disciplines – business, law, education, engineering and medicine — as well as specialty rankings within each discipline. New this year, U.S. News expanded the nursing programs rankings and updated the law school methodology to better account for employment rates among new graduates.

The six graduate disciplines that U.S. News ranks annually are evaluated on factors that include standardized test scores of newly enrolled students, employment outcomes for graduates, acceptance rates and other criteria. Because each graduate program is different, the rankings methodology varies across disciplines.

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