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Top 50 Schools for 2017 Honored for Overall Quality in Doctorate Courses, Resources

The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has compiled a list of the best colleges and universities with online PhD degree programs for 2017. Based on an in-depth analysis more than a dozen data points, the list features the top 50 schools in the U.S. offering doctorate-level programs online. Nova Southeastern University, Texas A&M University College Station, Pennsylvania State University, Andrews University and Concordia University Chicago finished as the top five schools.

“On-campus doctorate programs are typically time-intensive, and scheduling can be difficult for students actively working while going to school,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of “The schools on our list offer PhD candidates a high-quality education with the versatility of online learning, allowing them to complete their degree on a schedule that works best for them.”

To earn a spot on the “Best” list for doctorate programs, these colleges and universities must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions. Each school is also considered based on student/teacher ratios, online program variety, graduation rates, educational resources and financial aid availability.

For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the list, visit:

Colleges and Universities with the Best Online PhD Programs for 2017:
Allen College
Andrews University
Boston University
Clemson University
Colorado State University-Fort Collins
Concordia University-Chicago
Creighton University
Drexel University
Duquesne University
Fordham University
Gardner-Webb University
Hampton University
Harding University
Indiana State University
Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale
Liberty University
Mercer University
Mississippi State University
New England College
Northern Arizona University
Nova Southeastern University
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Shenandoah University
Temple University
Texas A & M University-College Station
Texas Tech University
The University of Alabama
The University of Montana
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Union Institute & University
University at Buffalo
University of Alabama in Huntsville
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of California-Berkeley
University of Colorado Denver
University of Delaware
University of Florida
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of Mississippi
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of New England
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of Northern Colorado
University of South Carolina-Columbia
University of Southern California
University of St Francis
University of the Cumberlands
Western Connecticut State University

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