When it comes to academic departments operating at a high level, offering excellent classroom instruction and hands-on learning that prepares graduates for employment and real-world impact, East Tennessee State University is an institution that continues to shine. 

Intelligent.com, a longtime resource for program ranking and educational planning, included several programs at the university in its 2024 top degree programs. 

“I am thrilled that ETSU’s commitment to academic excellence is reflected in these rankings of a diverse range of programs across the institution,” said Dr. Kimberly D. McCorkle, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “Our outstanding faculty offer exceptional classroom teaching, as well as excellent hands-on learning opportunities, to position our students for great professional success.”  

Those rankings: 

Best online Respiratory Therapy Program, ranked No. 3

Top online master’s degree in Digital Marketing, ranked No. 7

Best online doctorate in Educational Administration, ranked No. 8

Best online doctorate in Educational Leadership, ranked No. 11

Best online Human Services Degree Programs, ranked No. 12

Intelligent.com evaluates programs based on a range of factors, including reports from U.S. News & World Report, the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scoreboard, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and more.

Across a range of programs, ETSU aims to help students shift seamlessly from enrollment to employment. From discoveries entirely new to science to books about little-known maladies, ETSU faculty generate cutting-edge scholarship.    

Beyond academics, the university has enjoyed prestigious rankings in the areas of student life, finances and more.  

The U.S. News & World Report places ETSU in the top 10% in the nation when it comes to graduating students with the least amount of debt. Readers of the Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine named ETSU the 2023 Top Adventure College.


East Tennessee State University was founded in 1911 with a singular mission: to improve the quality of life for people in the region and beyond. Through its world-class health sciences programs and interprofessional approach to health care education, ETSU is a highly respected leader in rural health research and practices. The university also boasts nationally ranked programs in the arts, technology, computing, and media studies. ETSU serves approximately 14,000 students each year and is ranked among the top 10 percent of colleges in the nation for students graduating with the least amount of debt.

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