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UMass Boston was highlighted in three categories: Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, Best Online Business Programs, and Best Online Education Programs.
January 11, 2018

UMass Boston recognized on U.S. News 2018 list of best online programs


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Several UMass Boston programs ranked among top 100 in the nation

Several of UMass Boston’s online programs are ranked among the top 100 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in an annual list of Best Online Programs released this week.

One of the leading voices on excellence in higher education, U.S. News highlighted UMass Boston in three categories: Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, Best Online Business Programs and Best Online Education Programs.

This is the second year UMass Boston has been recognized for outstanding online programs.

The university’s online bachelor’s programs ranked 60th nationwide, moving up 21 spots from 2017. UMass Boston’s online graduate business programs (non-MBA) ranked 70th among its peers, and the online graduate education programs received a ranking of 88.

“Online education is a critical part of our mission to offer an excellent, flexible, affordable education to every UMass Boston student,” Interim Chancellor Barry Mills said. “There is still work to be done, and we will continue to expand our offerings and connect with students locally and across the globe.”

All online courses, certificates, and degree programs are administered by the College of Advancing and Professional Studies in partnership with the discipline’s respective college.

U.S. News bases its rankings on five criteria: student engagement with faculty and each other (28 percent), admissions selectivity (25 percent), reputation among peers and employers (25 percent), and faculty credentials and training needed to effectively teach in an online environment (11 percent each).

To see the full rankings, visit