15 programs among US News' top online graduate offerings


Among online graduate education programs, Appalachian offers master's degrees in curriculum specialist, educational media, elementary education, higher education, middle grades education, library science, and school administration; the education specialist degrees in educational administration and higher education; and several graduate certificates in education.

Most impressive is Temple University, which not only ranked as the No. 1 online MBA program for the fourth year in a row, but also ranked as the second best online bachelor's program in the nation, tied with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The college's MBA online program retained its No. 16 place overall in a highly competitive field.

The Medical University of SC ranked third for the best online nursing program, while the University of SC tied for fifth with George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Texas-Tyler.

Online programs at Southeast offer students an avenue for pursuing and completing their degrees via the Internet. In addition, the university's online graduate nursing program is ranked No. 2.

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"We are gratified Distance Education at Appalachian is represented well in the U.S. News rankings", said Terry Rawls, executive director for Distance Education at Appalachian.

"Our Online BBA is AACSB-accredited, offers six unique majors, and incorporates a live component during which students can interact with one another and their professors via weekly web-conferencing", Kapanjie said. "Seeing the hard work of our faculty and staff recognized with these rankings is extremely gratifying". "This honor is a testament to the years of hard work by our wonderful team of support staff, faculty, and administrators to ensure a transformational, virtual experience for our online students".

Launched this spring, UMSL NOW offers more than 900 courses each semester in night, strictly online and weekend formats.

The School of Nursing's online bachelor's degree program (RN-BS), which admitted its first class in 2012-13, was ranked No. 60 in the Best Online Bachelor's Programs rankings. Southeast's online Master of Science programs are available in criminal justice, healthcare management, management and technology management.

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"And as these programs grow in popularity, we at Fox are proud to deliver programs that are yearly ranked as either the best in the nation or among the best in their respective categories", said Fox School Dean M. Moshe Porat.

"What makes our Online MBA program truly special is the ability to tailor it to students' needs and interests", Kapanjie said.

Data is gathered by a statistical survey and analyzed based on student services and technology, peer reputation, student engagement, faculty credentials and training and admissions selectivity.

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