US News & World Report ranks programs at WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business among the best online programs

Bowling Green, Kentucky – January 24, 2023– Three programs one Gordon Ford College of Business (GFCB) at Western Kentucky University Ranked among Best Online Programs 2023 by US News & World Report.

GFCB’s The Online Undergraduate Business Program was ranked 44th in 2023 Best Online Programs by US News & World Report. The Bachelor of Science in Management with a Business Orientation is an Online Option Plus 2 in Business Administration. It is designed for Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTCS) transfer students who wish to build upon their associate degree.

“The Recognition from US News & World Report shows that Gordon Ford College of Business continues to look for ways to innovate and offer flexible, applied business education,” says Dr. Christopher Shook, Dean of Gordon Ford College of Business, “The success of our Online Plus 2 program is a response to our amazing partnership with Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTCS).”

Additionally, GFCB’s Masters in Business Administration (MBA) was ranked 73rd Best Online MBA Programs 2023 and #52 among Best Online MBA Programs 2023 for Veterans.

The MBA program offers five concentrations and is aimed at working professionals. The program is 100% online, with optional synchronous meetings across multiple courses.

“Our faculty drives the success of our program with real-time topics and information presented in the now of the business, said Dr. Dana Cosby, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Outreach. “Course content with direct application, supporting faculty and career opportunities make the WKU MBA an asset to our students.”

US News ranked schools in the Online Undergraduate Business Programs, Online Veteran MBA Programs, and Online MBA Programs based on a variety of objective factors, such as:

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This year’s edition is aimed at people who want to complete or continue their education and evaluates more than 1,800 online bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Best online programs include rankings of undergraduate programs as well as the following master’s level disciplines: MBA, business (non-MBA), computer information technology (including computer science), criminal justice/criminology, education, engineering, and nursing. Although the methods are different for each discipline, they all include metrics specific to online learning. The ranking list only includes courses that are mainly offered online by regionally accredited institutions.

“Most of the undergraduate programs in the best online program rankings are graduate programs, which means the vast majority of their students already have some college credit,” said Liana Loewus, editor-in-chief of Education at US News. “The methods were developed with these students in mind, which differentiates these rankings from those that focus on recent high school graduates who are pursuing higher education for the first time.”

Prospective students can see how WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business compares to other institutions and how rankings are calculated on

About Gordon Ford College of Business

Western Kentucky University’s Gordon Ford College of Business creates market-ready graduates through innovative learning experiences using an applied, flexible, and adaptable curriculum. GFCB is home to six departments that offer robust undergraduate and graduate programs, certificates and minors. Departments include accounting, analytics and information systems, economics, finance, management and marketing. GFCB’s student success programs and activities provide students with the foundation to be leaders in today’s diverse business environments. For more information, see

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About US News & World Report

US News & World Report is a global leader in quality rankings that empower consumers, business leaders and policymakers to make better, more informed decisions on important issues affecting their lives and communities. A multifaceted digital media company with platforms for education, health, money, travel, autos, news, real estate and 360 reviews, US News offers rankings, independent reporting, data journalism, consumer advice and US News Live events. More than 40 million people visit each month for research and advice. US News was founded in 1933 and is headquartered in Washington, DC

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