Announces Top Student Rated Online Programs for Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Nursing and Social Work

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Graduate Programs is pleased to announce the Top 5 Online Graduate Programs in the areas of business, criminal justice, education, nursing and social work.

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Students pursing a graduate degree have more options and flexibility than ever before, thanks to online programs. It’s now possible to earn a graduate degree while working full-time or fulfilling family obligations. When geography doesn’t limit the choices, graduate students are given the freedom to select the highest quality program that fits both their personal and professional goals.

To that end, Graduate Programs is pleased to announce the Top Online Graduate Programs in the areas of business, criminal justice, education, nursing and social work. The complete list of these rankings can be found at The rankings are as of September 30, 2013 and are based on ratings and reviews posted on by more than 15,000 enrollees in over 500 different online programs. Students rate their respective programs using a 10 star system, with 1 star being the worst and 10 the best. Programs that are entirely online are indicated by an asterisk (*); all other schools have both traditional and online programs.

And the Top Online Programs in the country are…

Top Online Business Programs:

1.)    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (9.6 stars)
2.)    Bellevue University (9.3 stars)
3.)    Regent University (9.24 stars)
4.)    Davenport University (9.2 stars)
5.)    Liberty University (9.0 stars)

Top Online Criminal Justice Programs:

1.)    Saint Leo University (9.6 stars)
2.)    Colorado Technical University* (9.4 stars)
3.)    University of Cincinnati (8.9 stars)
4.)    Saint Joseph’s University (8.4 stars)
5.)    Texas A&M International University (8.3 stars)

Top Online Education Programs:

1.)    Grand Canyon University (9.39 stars)
2.)    Texas A&M University (9.3 stars)
3.)    Lamar University (9.2 stars)
4.)    Western Governors University (9.1 stars)
5.)    Mercy College (9.0 stars)

Top Online Nursing Programs:

1.)    Maryville University (9.3 stars)
2.)    Chamberlain College of Nursing-Addison Campus (9.2 stars)
3.)    Walden University* (9.15 stars)
4.)    Kaplan University* (9.13 stars)
5.)    University of San Francisco (8.7 stars)

Top Online Social Work Programs:

1.)    University of Southern California (8.57 stars)
2.)    Michigan State University (8.56 stars)
3.)    Boston University (8.55 stars)
4.)    Fordham University (8.3 stars)
5.)    Walden University* (8.1 stars)

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often post comments regarding their experiences. One Class of 2014 Grand Canyon University education graduate student wrote, “I believe the program to be relevant to my future career field. As a veteran educator, I feel that the topics covered so far have been helping to better prepare me for the type of teaching position I will seek. The instructors have been knowledgeable and are always available if you require some additional assistance. Enrolling was very easy and the advisors have been very helpful in making sure that I was comfortable with all that is involved in working in the online environment.”

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

METHODOLOGY 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. 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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