Which Schools Offer a Distance Learning Master's Degree?

Master's degree programs are readily available through distance learning. Keep reading to learn about master's offerings from several large, nonprofit universities.

Pennsylvania State University

Penn State's World Campus offers online associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs, along with undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. Several of the university's online graduate programs, including business, computer information and technology, education and engineering, were ranked among the nation's top 25 by U.S. News & World Report in 2014. Penn State's more than two dozen online master's degree programs including the following:

  • Applied statistics
  • Geographic information systems
  • Homeland security
  • Nursing
  • Turfgrass management

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

The University of Nebraska - Lincoln also offers more than two dozen master's degree programs through its distance learning office. U.S. News & World Report recognized UNL's online graduate business and education programs among the top 11 in the country in 2014, while the university's online graduate engineering programs were ranked in the top 50. Some of the more unique online master's offerings through UNL include the following:

  • Agronomy
  • Community development
  • Deaf education
  • Entomology
  • Family financial planning

Boston University

Boston University Online features an undergraduate degree completion program, along with several certificate and graduate degree offerings. In addition to online graduate programs in business and computer information technology that were ranked in the top 10 nationally by U.S. News & World Report in 2014, Boston University Online offers distance education master's programs in the following:

  • Art or music education
  • Criminal justice
  • Health communication
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Social work
  • Taxation law

Stanford University

Through its Center for Professional Development, Stanford University offers around a dozen online master's degree programs that can be completed on a part-time basis. Fields of study include general, chemical, civil and environmental, and mechanical engineering, as well as the following:

  • Aeronautics and astronautics
  • Biomedical informatics
  • Computer science
  • Materials science and engineering
  • Statistics

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