Announces Top Online Program Rankings

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University of North Carolina Top Ranked; Johns Hopkins University Second; Davenport University Ranked Third

Top Grad Programs

Online graduate programs continue to appeal to students of all ages and backgrounds. They’re rigorous and competitive, but flexible and often more tailored to each student.

To that end, Graduate Programs is very excited to announce our Top 50 Online Program Rankings. These rankings were compiled with votes from more than 60,000 students.

Please see the top online programs below. For the complete list, please go here: (

Overall top online graduate programs:

1.)    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (9.32 stars)
2.)    Johns Hopkins University (9.31 stars)
3.)    Davenport University (9.21 stars)
4.)    Texas A & M University (9.18 stars)
5.)    Chamberlain College of Nursing (9.16 stars)

1.)    Villanova University (9.51 stars)
2.)    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (9.49 stars)
3.)    Drexel University (9.25 stars)
4.)    Columbia Southern University (9.22 stars)
5.)    Washington State University (9.10 stars)

Criminal justice:

1.)    Colorado Technical University (9.3 stars)
2.)    Saint Leo University (8.9 stars)
3.)    Mississippi College (8.8 stars)
4.)    Grand Canyon University (8.7 stars)
5.)    Liberty University (8.5 stars)

Elementary Education

1.)    Kaplan University (9.51 stars)
2.)    Grand Canyon University (9.49 stars)
3.)    Lesley University (9.46 stars)
4.)    Jones International University (9.44 stars)
5.)    Southern New Hampshire University (9.33 stars)

Information Systems

1.)    Strayer University (9.69 stars)
2.)    Kaplan University (9.65 stars)
3.)    Boston University (9.58 stars)
4.)    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (9.57 stars)
5.)    Troy University-Main Campus (9.41

Mental Health Counseling

1.)    University of Southern California (9.45 stars)
2.)    Bellevue University (9.15 stars)
3.)    Capella University (8.25 stars)
4.)    University of Wisconsin-Stout (8.4 stars)
5.)    Regent University (8.37 stars)


1.)    West Virginia University (9.41 stars)
2.)    Georgetown University (9.40 stars)
3.)    Duke University (9.37 stars)
4.)    The University of Texas at El Paso (9.35 stars)
5.)    South University (9.30 stars)


1.)    Southern New Hampshire University (9.67 stars)
2.)    Northcentral University (9.65 stars)
3.)    Franklin University (9.43 stars)
4.)    University of The Cumberlands (9.22 stars)
5.)    Adler School of Professional Psychology (9.21 stars)

Public Administration

1.)    Bellevue University (9.67 stars)
2.)    Villanova University (9.65 stars)
3.)    Kent State University (9.61 stars)
4.)    The University of Texas at Arlington (9.44 stars)
5.)    California State University, East Bay (9.36 stars)

Public Health

1.)    Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center (9.25 stars)
2.)    University of Southern California (9.24 stars)
3.)    University of West Florida (9.20 stars)
4.)    Walden University (9.15 stars)
5.)    A.T. Still University-Mesa (9.13 stars)

Social Work

1.)    Michigan State University (9.51 stars)
2.)    Fordham University (8.45 stars)
3.)    University of Southern California (8.35 stars)
4.)    Boston University (8.25 stars)
5.)    Walden University (8.20 stars)

Students can also read more about earning a graduate degree online at Graduate Programs covers everything from business to medicine and engineering.

Students may 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.


Here’s how we crunched the numbers: reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. All rankings for top online graduate programs cover a period from Sept. 1, 2012 and April 15, 2014. The rankings encompass reviews posted by more than 60,000 students participating in over 1,500 graduate programs. Ratings are based on a 10 star system (with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best), as well as verbatim answers submitted by students. 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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