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Two SIUE programs receive top national rankings

The SIUE School of Business and the university’s Online Healthcare Informatics Program have separately come in for national recognition.

The economics and finance graduate program within the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business is ranked 7th in The Financial Engineer’s 2017 Financial Economics Rankings.

demirer raza“It is always rewarding to have our program included among the prestigious schools on this list, and it is an honor to be recognized,” said Riza Demirer (left), PhD, and director of SIUE’s master’s in economics and finance program. “This is a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff and students.”

“SIUE’s commitment to graduate students is underscored by offering advanced degree programs in leading fields,” said Tim Schoenecker, PhD, interim dean of the SIUE School of Business. “The national reputation of our School of Business continues to grow.”

Overall scores are based on the program’s acceptance rate, incoming students’ undergraduate GPA and GMAT scores, employment after graduation and starting salary.

The Financial Engineer conducts a wide range of business school rankings including MBA and master’s of financial engineering. From the initial rankings released in 2014, SIUE’s program has climbed five slots from its original No. 12 ranking.


The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville online master’s in healthcare informatics has been ranked sixth in the nation by

Healthcare informatics professionals integrate the worlds of medicine and technology by combining their expertise in data management, patient care and information technology systems. The master’s in healthcare informatics emphasizes the application of state-of-the-art computing technologies to healthcare.

“The combination of our faculty and the SIUE administration, along with information technology personnel and community healthcare partners,

has led to the successful implementation of our fully online Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics program,” said Frank Lyerla, PhD, RN, director of SIUE’s master’s of healthcare informatics program. “This collaborative approach produces marketable graduates ready to meet industry demand.”

The ranking criteria included academic quality, loan default rates, graduation rates and financial aid data. For a complete list of the rankings, visit

“SIUE developed this program in a corporate partnership with BJC Health Care in 2010 to ensure their workforce would be well-trained to meet demands related to implementing electronic health records and securing patient data across the system,” said Mary Ettling, interim director of the Office of Educational Outreach. “Meanwhile, the program has evolved in format to accommodate the demands of working adults, allowing students to complete coursework online, to apply newly learned skills in their workplace and to advance to new positions within the BJC system.”

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