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January 17, 2018

UMass online programs earn top spots in new rankings

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U.S. News & World Report ranks university’s online programs among best in the nation

In the wake of a commitment by President Marty Meehan to expand online offerings at the University of Massachusetts, recent rankings by U.S. News & World Report place UMass online undergraduate and graduate programs among the best in the nation.

U.S. News & World Report ranked online bachelor's programs at UMass Amherst and UMass Lowell as the top two in Massachusetts, among the top three in New England and No. 16 and No. 22 nationally, respectively. Online bachelor's programs at UMass Boston also featured prominently on the list at fifth in New England and No. 60 nationally.

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs list, which was released last week, ranks institutions on factors like student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation. 

“These rankings highlight the university’s commitment to making a world-class UMass education more accessible for students around the globe,” said President Meehan. “UMass is proud to be a leader in online education and to give a diverse group of learners flexible, high-quality options for completing their degree or advancing their careers.” 

The online Master of Business Administration (MBA) from UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management was ranked No. 1 in New England and No. 16 nationally in the Best Online MBA Programs. That program is also ranked as the No. 1 online MBA in the nation and No. 3 in the world by Financial Times. 

UMass Lowell’s online graduate programs in education, information technology and criminal justice are ranked among the top 15 in the nation and are the top programs among all public institutions in New England. 

UMass Boston had several online programs among the top 100 in the nation, including their online graduate business programs (non-MBA), which was ranked No. 70 nationally, and their online graduate education program, which was ranked No. 88. 

With more than 150 UMass degrees and certificates now available online and more than 1,500 online courses offered annually, UMassOnline allows busy professionals, lifelong learners and students worldwide to continue their education, enhance their careers and enrich their lives no matter where they are located. Programs span the liberal arts, education, management, nursing, public health, information technology and more.

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