Graduateprograms.com Announces Top 50 Student Rated Online Graduate Programs

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With expanding opportunities for higher education, more students than ever are earning their graduate degrees online. Potential graduate students can choose from traditional brick and mortar universities with online programs, or entirely online universities.

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With expanding opportunities for higher education, more students than ever are earning their graduate degrees online. Potential graduate students can choose from traditional brick and mortar universities with online programs, or entirely online universities.

To that end, Graduate Programs is pleased to announce the Top 50 Online Graduate Programs in the country (as of September 30, 2013), based on ratings and reviews posted on Graduateprograms.com by more than 15,000 enrollees in over 500 different online programs. Students rate their respective programs using a 10 star system, with 1 being the worst and 10 the best.

Programs that are exclusively online are indicated with an asterisk; all other schools have both traditional and online programs.

The Top 50 Online Programs in the country are:

1.)    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (9.315 stars)
2.)    Johns Hopkins University (9.312 stars)
3.)    Lamar University (9.23 stars)
4.)    Davenport University (9.21 stars)
5.)    Texas A & M University (9.18 stars)
6.)    Chamberlain College of Nursing (9.16 stars)
7.)    University of New England (9.13 stars)
8.)    San Jose State University (8.99 stars)
9.)    Tiffin University (8.93 stars)
10.)    American InterContinental University* (8.91 stars)
11.)    Penn State University Park (8.85 stars)
12.)    Grantham University (8.83 stars)
13.)    University of South Alabama (8.82 stars)
14.)    Liberty University (8.81 stars)
15.)    Regent University (8.78 stars)
16.)    Sam Houston State University (8.73 stars)
17.)    University of West Florida (8.724 stars)
18.)    Angelo State University (8.72 stars)
19.)    Saint Joseph’s University (8.71 stars)
20.)    DeVry University* (8.70 stars)
21.)    Western Governors University* (8.68 stars)
22.)    Georgetown University (8.66 stars)
23.)    New York University (8.63 stars)
24.)    Troy University-Main Campus (8.594 stars)
25.)    Academy of Art University (8.591 stars)
26.)    Clemson University (8.58 stars)
27.)    University of Southern California (8.55 stars)
28.)    Bethel University (8.53 stars)
29.)    New Mexico State University-Main Campus (8.51 stars)
30.)    Grand Canyon University* (8.48 stars)
31.)    Florida Institute of Technology (8.47 stars)
32.)    Saint Leo University (8.42 stars)
33.)    University of Phoenix* (8.41 stars)
34.)    Walden University* (8.39 stars)
35.)    Jones International University (8.369 stars)
36.)    Clarion University of Pennsylvania (8.368 stars)
37.)    Northwestern University (8.361 stars)
38.)    Colorado Technical University* (8.325 stars)
39.)    Stephen F. Austin State University (8.29 stars)
40.)    Kaplan University* (8.27 stars)
41.)    South University* (8.256 stars)
42.)    Bellevue University (8.255 stars)
43.)    University of Central Florida (8.23 stars)
44.)    University of Maryland University College (8.229 stars)
45.)    University of Illinois at Chicago (8.225 stars)
46.)    Ashford University* (8.22 stars)
47.)    University of Cincinnati (8.21 stars)
48.)    Drexel University (8.15 stars)
49.)    Full Sail University* (8.141 stars)
50.)    Capella University* (8.140 stars)

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often post comments regarding their experiences. One Class of 2015 student earning her graduate degree from Lamar University online wrote: "My career as an international teacher takes me around the world, so being able to get my graduate degree while traveling is a complete blessing."

Students can continue to review their programs at http://www.graduateprograms.com and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.

Methodology

Graduateprograms.com reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013. Graduateprograms.com assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.

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