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January 26, 2021

U.S. News & World Report Announces 2021 Best Online Programs Rankings

The latest edition includes new rankings of business and psychology bachelor’s programs.


U.S. News & World Report


U.S. News & World Report

Photo: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, West Campus. Image Credit: Dan Keck.


WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2021 — U.S. News & World Report, a leading global authority in education rankings, today published the 2021 Best U.S. Online Programs rankings. The rankings evaluate more than 1,600 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the USA. They assist learners looking to complete or further their education. These programs offer an alternative option for prospective students looking to fulfill their academic goals while pandemic restrictions remain in much of the country.

The Best Online Programs rankings only include programs administered online. In other words, they do not evaluate schools or programs that are temporarily virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University moves back up to No. 1 this year among Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. For MBAs, Carnegie Mellon University ties with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for the top spot. Columbia University has the top-ranked computer information technology master’s program. Tied for No. 1 among Best Online Master’s in Nursing programs are Rush University and the University of South Carolina. Top education and engineering master’s programs are at the University of Florida and Columbia University, respectively.

For the first time, U.S. News published specialty rankings of bachelor’s programs in business and psychology. These complement the master’s level specialty rankings across 18 subject areas such as finance MBA and nursing administration/leadership.

“As in-person gatherings remain limited, we might see more interest in online degrees than in pre-pandemic years,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “But online degrees aren’t only practical in the short term - distance education can also be conducive to a schedule that includes full-time work or other commitments.”

U.S. News said it remains the only publication to comprehensively evaluate online degrees at the program level rather than the school level. The rankings assess student services and technology, faculty credentials, and student engagement, using data collected directly from each institution. The report considered only degree-granting programs offered primarily online by regionally accredited institutions. The programs that score the highest are those applying educational best practices specific for distance learners.

• 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs

• Bachelor’s Programs (Top Ten)

  1. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University — Worldwide, Daytona Beach, FL
  2. The University of Illinois — Chicago, Chicago, IL
  3. The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  4. Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  5. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
  6. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  7. The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  8. CUNY (The City University of New York) School of Professional Studies, New York, NY
  9. SUNY (The State University of New York) — Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  10. Colorado State University-Global Campus, Aurora, CO. (#10 tie)
  11. The Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. (#10 tie)
  12. Pennsylvania State University — World Campus, University Park, PA. (#10 tie)
  13. The University of Georgia, Athens, GA. (#10 tie)

• Master’s Programs

• MBA (Top Ten)

  1. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper), Pittsburgh, PA.
  2. The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler), Chapel Hill, NC.
  3. Indiana University, Bloomington (Kelley), Bloomington, IN
  4. University of Southern California (Marshall), Los Angeles, CA
  5. University of Florida (Hough), Gainesville, FL
  6. Arizona State University (Carey), Tempe, AZ
  7. Pennsylvania State University — World Campus, University Park, PA
  8. University of Texas, Dallas, Richardson, TX
  9. Rice University (Jones), Houston, TX
  10. Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA (#10 tie)
  11. University of Arizona (Eller), Tucson, AZ (#10 tie)
  12. The University of Maryland, College Park (Smith), College Park, MD (#10 tie)
  13. The University of Mississippi, University, MS (#10 tie)
  14. University of Washington (Foster), Seattle, WA (#10 tie)
  15. University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium, Eau Claire, WI (#10 tie)

• Business, non-MBA

  1. University of Southern California (Marshall)
  2. Indiana University—Bloomington (Kelley)
  3. Arizona State University (Carey)

• Computer Information Technology

  1. Columbia University (NY)
  2. Johns Hopkins University (Whiting) (M.D.) (tie)
  3. University of Southern California (tie)

• Criminal Justice/Criminology

  1. University of California-Irvine
  2. Boston University (tie)
  3. Sam Houston State University (TX) (tie)

• Education

  1. University of Florida
  2. Clemson University (Moore) (SC)
  3. University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign

• Engineering

  1. Columbia University (Fu Foundation) (NY)
  2. University of California—Los Angeles (Samueli)
  3. Purdue University—West Lafayette (IN)

• Nursing

  1. Rush University (IL) (tie)
  2. University of South Carolina (tie)
  3. Duke University (N.C.) (tie)
  4. Ohio State University (tie)

On Friday, Jan. 29, U.S. News will host a free webinar on the potential benefits of enrolling in an online bachelor’s program, as well as what differentiates these programs from temporary virtual learning.

U.S. News & World Report is a global leader in quality rankings that empower people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A digital news and information company focused on Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, and News, USNews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, and analysis to serve people making complex decisions. Founded in 1933, U.S. News has its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Source: U.S. News & World Report

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