Online Education and Online Degree Programs

Online Education and Online Degree Programs

According to recent data, roughly 6.3 million U.S. college students took at least one online course during the fall 2016 term. This figure represents an annual increase in distance learner enrollment over the past 14 consecutive academic years. But finding great online colleges can be difficult because each institution is so different. To help find the best online college for you choosing from top-rated online colleges.

Business (master’s, non-MBA): In the rankings of online business master’s programs, Indiana University—Bloomington moved up to No. 1 from a tie for No. 2 last year. Villanova University moved down one spot from No. 1 in 2018 to a tie for No. 2 this year with the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, which previously came in at a tie for No. 13. Arizona State University’s Carey School of Business slipped from a tie at No. 2 to No. 6.

Education (master’s): Among online master’s in education programs, Clemson University’s Moore School of Education maintained its No. 1 ranking from last year, though now in a tie with the University of Florida for the top spot. Florida was ranked No. 2 in education last year. Some programs made big leaps in these rankings; for example, Virginia Commonwealth University shot up from No. 115 last year to a tie for No. 3 with Utah State University, which was previously tied at No. 5.

Nursing (master’s): John Hopkins University climbed to No. 1 in this year’s rankings of online nursing graduate programs, up from a tie at No. 5. Ohio State University maintained its spot at No. 2, and St. Xavier University came in at No. 3, falling from the top spot that it held in 2018.

Engineering (master’s): The top online engineering programs stayed the same as last year, with Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science coming in at No. 1, and a tie for No. 2 between the University of California—Los Angeles Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering.

Computer information technology (master’s): The University of Southern California once again boasts the No. 1 online computer information technology program. New York University came in at No. 2 and Virginia Tech at No. 3; the two schools were previously tied for second place in these rankings, which take into account computer science and computer engineering programs.

Criminal justice (master’s): The University of Nebraska—Omaha landed at No. 1 in the 2019 rankings of online criminal justice programs, up from its previous tie for No. 3 with the University of California—Irvine, which rose to No. 2 this year. Sam Houston State University ranked No. 3, slipping from the top spot it held last year in these rankings, which include criminology programs.