Georgia Southern University Review

Georgia Southern University offers a growing number of online courses and is best known for their flexible online graduate degrees in business, healthcare, and education.

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The Good

Consistently makes national rankings:

For several years running, Georgia Southern University (GSU) has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges, and most recently it was named one of the Most Popular Universities. U.S. News & World Report also recognized the school for online programs, including their online bachelor’s program and several online graduate programs. Three different online graduate programs earn rankings in the top 75, including the business, education, and computer information technology programs, while the online bachelor’s program currently ranks at 160. Rankings like these demonstrate GSU’s commitment to quality education.

Reasonable tuition:

Online students at GSU pay the same tuition regardless of whether they are a Georgia state resident or a nonresident. This is a great benefit since many public, state schools like GSU often charge out-of-state students much more than residents. Additionally, the rates themselves are reasonably priced compared to what other top online colleges charge. Similar to most other academic institutions, undergraduate credits run less than graduate credits, and the graduate program rates vary by degree.

Large catalogue of graduate degrees:

Georgia Southern University’s catalogue for online graduate degrees is growing and includes several business, healthcare, and education degrees. If you’re looking to advance your business career, an MBA, a master’s in accounting, or a master’s in economics through GSU may be able to help. The school also offers a master’s and PhD in healthcare related fields, but perhaps most impressive is their online graduate education program which boasts more than 15 degree options.

The Bad

Limited choice of online bachelor's degrees:

The school only offers a choice of three different online bachelor’s degrees that include information and technology, an RN to BSN nursing degree, and a new offering in general studies. This selection is somewhat limiting when you consider that some online colleges offer as many as 30 degree options. If you’re a new undergrad and undecided on a major, committing to GSU’s online program may not be the best option for you.

Lacking web and student services:

GSU makes it clear which online degrees they offer at the graduate and undergraduate level, but beyond basic information there is not much to gather about the school. Many other online schools offer innovative services to online students such as Skype with an advisor, well-integrated library access tools, and even informative online student guides. But GSU does not give easy access to helpful tools and services such as these. You can expect that they will improve their online resources as the school has already done much work to expanded its online degree offerings in recent years.

The Details

General Information

  • Application Fee: $30 - $50
  • Location: GA
  • Region: Southeast
  • School Type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Semester

Number of Programs

  • Online Bachelor's: 3
  • Online Graduate Business: 3
  • Online Graduate Education: 10
  • Online Graduate Engineering: None
  • Online Graduate IT: 1
  • Online Graduate Nursing: None

Tuition Rates (per credit)

  • Online Bachelor's (In-State): $194
  • Online Bachelor's (Out-of-State): $194
  • Online Doctorate (In-State): N/A
  • Online Doctorate (Out-of-State): N/A
  • Online Master's (In-State): $385 - $400
  • Online Master's (Out-of-State): $385 - $400
  • Online MBA (In-State): $700
  • Online MBA (Out-of-State): $700

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