Prospective students looking to enroll in a doctorate in education should add Cal State San Bernardino to the schools they consider – U.S. News & World Report has listed the university at No. 86 in the nation in the Best Education Schools category of its Best Graduate Schools for 2024. It is the first time the university has been listed in that category.

The same can be said for candidates looking for an MBA degree. The university’s MBA program received international recognition: CEO Magazine has listed the Executive MBA program at No. 44 and the online MBA program at No. 46, while also placing the program in its Tier One, the highest level for its Global MBA rankings, all part of the magazine’s 2024 ranking. And U.S. News ranked the part-time MBA program at No. 143, up 31 places from last year.

Not to be overlooked in the spring rankings, College Consensus placed CSUSB No. 11 on its list of 25 Best Value Online Colleges & Universities for 2024. That has the university ahead of four CSU campuses: San Marcos (No. 12), San Jose (No. 13), Chico (No. 14) and San Diego (No. 15). No other CSUs or University of California campuses, or any other California institutions, were listed.

It is the work of CSUSB’s Doctorate in Educational Leadership program, housed in the James R. Watson and Judy Rodriguez Watson College of Education, that placed the university in U.S. News’ top 100 education schools. The ranking category is designed “for prospective students seeking a doctorate in education,” the magazine says.

“Our focus at the Watson College of Education first and foremost is to produce the best qualified and culturally responsive educators to serve the diverse population of the Inland Empire region of Southern California with integrity, professionalism and responsiveness,” said Chinaka S. DomNwachukwu, dean of the college. “We will continue to serve this region’s K-12 schools and community colleges with the utmost commitment and with best practice.”

“This national recognition validates our hard work over the past five years, having transformed, restructured and targeted specific areas of improvement upon the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership program,” said Enrique Murillo Jr., the program’s director and professor of education.  “We went from being unranked to now ranked in the top 20% of schools granting doctoral education degrees nationwide! On behalf of our Ed.D. program leadership team, we share in this successful achievement and remarkable accomplishment with our program faculty and fellows, our preK-12 and higher education community partners, campus and college leadership, and alumni and current doctoral students. This exceptionally positive news distinctly reaffirms our quest for academic excellence and intentionality in fulfilling our mission, transparency, accountability and integrity.”

At No. 86, CSUSB is the second-highest ranked California State University campus on the list of education schools. San Diego State is at No. 48, and San Jose State is 162nd on the list. CSUSB’s ranking also tied it with Boise State, George Mason University and Kansas State.

The international and national recognitions of the CSUSB MBA program, housed in the university’s Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, continues to showcase the rigor of its courses and the success of its graduates. The latest rankings by CEO Magazine are a recognition of the program’s continuing excellence.

Commenting on the 2024 CEO Magazine rankings, Tomás Gomez-Arias, dean of the college, said, "The JHBC MBA programs remain among the best worldwide in the latest CEO Magazine rankings. This recognition reaffirms our commitment to delivering top-quality business education that prepares our students to excel in the dynamic global marketplace."

U.S. News also included CSUSB in its new survey-based rankings for 12 disciplines that are based solely on surveys of peer academic leaders – public affairs, public health, social work, audiology, clinical psychology, nursing anesthesia, nursing midwifery, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, speech language pathology and computer science.

The university’s Master in Social Work program was listed at No. 120 in the Best Schools for Social Work category, and the Master of Public Administration program was listed at No. 135 in the Best Public Affairs Programs category.