Many students are interested in master’s programs, but some of them have no possibility to get on-campus education because of their work, family responsibilities or other reasons. The good news for them is that today many private and public universities in different countries offer accredited online master’s programs allowing to obtain degrees in various fields without attending traditional classes. Such programs can be easily found by ratings on the basis of researches conducted by independent institutions and professional accreditation centers.
Recourses for finding best online universities offering master’s degree
The best online master’s programs in different disciplines are accredited by professional organizations in respective fields. For example, the best online nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (that is an American independent organization which activity is directly related to the control of the level of education in this area). Such organizations often publish rankings of top traditional and online programs after studying and analyzing them with the use of modern methodologies.
Online Education Database (OEDb) is a non-profit organization conducting independent researches similar to US News & World Report. It determines the best online programs offered by schools every year. There you can find plenty of useful information about how to get master’s through e-learning at the most popular US universities.
Many of the leading public universities in the United States and Europe provide online master’s programs that combine a variety of other institutions. For example, the University of Texas System Online Consortium offers programs combining 15 public schools. Another good example is the University of North Carolina Online with the master’s program which includes 16 educational institutions.
US News & World Report gives the most competent and extensive rating of online master’s programs. To find the best of them in the US News & World Report ratings, you need to select the field you are interested in and to explore a list of universities and programs. Note that US News ranking offers information about online programs rather than online schools, so, to find the latter you’d better turn to other sources.
Leading online master’s programs 2014
This year in the US News & World Report list you can find the best online programs giving you the opportunity to achieve master’s level in Business, Nursing, Education, Engineering and Info Tech.
Being a part of IndianaUniversity, Bloomington Kelley School of Business bears the palm among programs in Business offering both full- and part-time instructional faculty teaching online courses. The public school is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The program is available for US residents and international students, but you won’t be able to earn the desired degree entirely online.
Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (ColumbiaUniversity) is a private school ranked 1 among institutions providing Engineering Programs. It has rolling application deadline, allows to earn master’s degree entirely online and offers classes for campus-based students, too. The courses are available both for US residents and international students.
The University of Southern California has been heading a list of the best Information Technology Programs for several years. This private institution offers a concentration in Computer Science, Computer Software and Media Applications, Computer Engineering, Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications. Statistics of 2012-13 showed that 74% of the students graduated the school within 3 years. There is the possibility to get master’s degree entirely online.
As for graduate programs in the field of Education, this year NorthernIllinoisUniversity outran other schools. This public institution offers teaching, administration and research/policy tracks to its students, as well as the opportunity to earn a degree entirely online. The application deadline is rolling.
St.XavierUniversity was announced a leader among schools providing online nursing master’s programs. The students can get a degree entire online (though the school doesn’t award Doctorate of Nursing Practice) and have access to archived classes any time this is convenient for them. The instructional faculty for online courses numbers 8 full-time and 12 part-time tutors.
It is worth saying that rankings given by others of abovementioned recourses may differ from this of US News & World Report, since they are often based on different methodologies. For example, US News rating is based on such factors as graduation rates, peer review data, one-year retention rates, etc.