Best Colleges for Online Graduate & Post-Graduate Degrees Ranked by

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2016-2017's top online master’s, doctorate degree programs identified for best overall quality, affordability.

An analysis of collegiate graduate and post-graduate programs by has determined the best places to earn a Master’s and Doctorate Degree Online in the nation for 2016-2017. As a leader in online higher education resources, the site measured cost and quality data to determine the top online programs for each degree level, identifying Western New Mexico University, Fort Hays State University, University of Central Arkansas, Arkansas State University and Wilmington University as the top scoring schools for earning an online master’s degree and the University of Colorado Denver, University of Mississippi, Indiana State University, University of Arkansas and Texas A&M University as the top scoring schools for earning an online doctorate degree.

"As of 2013, over 23 percent of master’s and doctoral level students were completing their degrees entirely online,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of "Our list pinpoints the schools around the nation who are providing students affordable, quality options when it comes to earning a post-baccalaureate degree, with the bonus of greater learning flexibility provided by online curriculum.”

Schools must meet specific criteria to qualify for the Best Online Master’s Degree Programs & Best Online Doctorate Degree Programs lists. All institutions must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities and must offer in-state tuition and fees under $25,000 per year. Eligible institutions are further evaluated and scored based on a variety of data points, such as financial aid offerings, graduation rates and online program variety, to determine overall cost and quality rankings by school.

Full rankings, as well as specific details on data and methodology used to determine school scores can be found at the following pages:

All colleges highlighted for excellence in Online Master’s Programs for 2016-2017 are listed below:

Adams State University
Arkansas State University - Main Campus
Ball State University
Brenau University
Chadron State College
Columbus State University
Concordia University-Saint Paul
Delta State University
East Carolina University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide
Emporia State University
Fort Hays State University
Graceland University - Lamoni
Indiana State University
Indiana Wesleyan University
Liberty University
Missouri State University - Springfield
New Mexico State University - Main Campus
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Northern Arizona University
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Oklahoma State University - Main Campus
Purdue University - Main Campus
Saint Leo University
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
The University of Texas at Brownsville (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)
The University of Texas at Tyler
Troy University
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Central Arkansas
University of Central Missouri
University of Colorado Denver
University of Idaho
University of Louisiana at Monroe
University of Memphis
University of Nebraska at Kearney
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Dakota
University of Southern Mississippi
University of West Alabama
Wayland Baptist University
Webster University
Western Carolina University
Western Kentucky University
Western New Mexico University
Wilmington University

All colleges highlighted for excellence in Online Doctorate Programs for 2016-2017 are listed below:

Allen College
Amridge University
Clemson University
Colorado State University - Fort Collins
Hampton University
Harding University
Indiana State University
Kansas State University
Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale
Liberty University
Mississippi State University
Northern Arizona University
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
Stony Brook University
Temple University
Texas A & M University - College Station
Texas A & M University - Commerce
Texas Tech University
The University of Alabama
The University of Montana
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville
The University of Texas at Tyler
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Union Institute & University
University at Buffalo
University of Alabama in Huntsville
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of California - Berkeley
University of Colorado Denver
University of Delaware
University of Florida
University of Louisiana at Monroe
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
University of Michigan - Flint
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
University of Mississippi
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Dakota
University of Northern Colorado
University of South Carolina - Columbia
University of the Cumberlands
Virginia Commonwealth University
Wilmington University

### began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.

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