What Are the Top Online Master's Programs?

Online master's degree programs are available in a variety of subject areas, ranging from business and education to engineering and information technology. This article describes some of the top ranked online master's degree programs available at major U.S. universities. Read on for further information about them.

Top Online Master's Degree Programs

U.S. News and World Report ranks online master's degree programs in several areas of study. The rankings are based off of student engagement, faculty credentials, student services, admission selectivity and peer reputation. Read on to learn about some of the best online master's degree programs in business, education and engineering, based off of 2014 rankings by U.S. News and World Report.

Best Online Business Program: Indiana University - Bloomington

Indiana University at Bloomington offered the top online master's degree program in business in 2014. The online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, available through the Kelley School of Business, begins by emphasizing the further development of general business administration skills. Second-year students can choose electives in business specialty areas that interest them. While the courses can all be completed online, students are required to attend some on-campus clinics. The school also offers online MS in Business Analytics, MS in Finance, MS in Global Supply Chain Management, MS in Marketing and MS in Strategic Management programs. The business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Best Online Education Program: Northern Illinois University

The School of Education at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb earned the top spot on U.S. News' list of best online graduate programs for education. It offers an online Master of Science in Education in School Business Management and Master of Science in Education in Instructional Technology. The programs use a cohort model and 85% of students graduate within two years.

Best Online Engineering Program: Columbia University

Columbia University in New York City is home to the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, the top ranked school for master's degree program in engineering. This school offers a variety of online graduate programs through the Columbia Video Network (CVN), and the programs are identical to their on-campus counterparts. The school provides professional engineers with opportunities to earn master's degrees in areas like civil, environmental, mechanical, industrial and electrical engineering.

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