Two of the College of Charleston’s master’s programs have been recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Graduate Schools for 2024. The College’s one-year Master of Business Administration (MBA) program ranked within the Top 100 Best Business Schools, and the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program ranked within the Top 100 Best Public Affairs Programs.

The College’s MBA program came in at No. 81 in this year’s rankings, an impressive 17-point improvement from last year. 

“Our MBA program is on the rise,” says Paul Schwager, dean of the College of Charleston School of Business. “This latest ranking proves that the high-touch, relationship-based education we offer is still valued by our students and employers.” 

The 149 full-time MBA programs on this year’s list were ranked based on career placement success, student excellence and qualitative assessments by experts. 

“This national recognition validates the hard work of faculty, staff, alumni, students and our executive volunteers,” says Ron Magnuson, executive director of graduate and executive programs for the School of Business. “We are proud to be recognized among the top MBA programs in the nation.” 

Also recognized as one of the best in the nation is the College of Charleston’s M.P.A. program.

“The M.P.A. program is excited and honored to receive this recognition of the quality of our program from our peers,” says Matt Nowlin, associate professor of political science and interim director of the program. “This is due to the dedication and hard work of our faculty, students and alumni. We are committed to continuing to promote the value of public service and providing a high-quality education to future public leaders.”

Designed for prospective students looking to further their education beyond college, the Best Graduate Schools rankings evaluate programs in a variety of disciplines. By collecting graduate school data annually, U.S. News is able to present the most current figures on enrollment, job placement, faculty and other critical quality indicators that help prospective students make informed decisions. For more information about how the rankings are calculated, visit