What Are the Top Online Master's Programs?

Online master's degree programs are available in a variety of subject areas, ranging from business and education to engineering and information technology. Learn about some of the top ranked online master's degree programs in the United States.

Top Online Master's Degree Programs

U.S. News & World Report ranks online master's degree programs in several areas of study. The rankings take into account student engagement, faculty credentials, student services, admission selectivity and peer reputation. Read on to learn about some of the top online master's degree programs in business, education and engineering, based on 2014 rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

Important Facts About These Programs

Indiana Northern Illinois Columbia
Common Courses Quantitative analysis, entrepreneurship, law/ethics in business Practices in curriculum, environmental education, secondary education Computational neuroscience, artificial organs, finite element analysis
Prerequisites GMAT/GRE completion, two years of work experience, a personal statement, a letter of recommendation Application submission, GRE/GMAT completion, letters of recommendation, a personal statement GRE completion, a personal statement, minimum GPA of 3.0, two letters of recommendation
Possible Careers IT Manager, Management Analyst, Financial Analyst College Professor, Instructional Coordinator, Career/Technical Education Teacher Architect, Materials Engineer, Petroleum Engineer
Programs Business internships are available Education internships are available Engineering internships are available (typically in the summer)

Best Online Business Program: Indiana University - Bloomington

Indiana University at Bloomington offers the top online master's degree program in business, according to U.S. News in 2014. The online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, available through the Kelley School of Business, begins by emphasizing the development of general business administration skills. Second-year students can choose electives in business specialty areas that interest them. While the courses can all be completed online, students are required to attend some on-campus clinics. The school also offers online master's degrees in business analytics, finance, global supply chain management, marketing and strategic management. The business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Best Online Education Program: Northern Illinois University

The School of Education at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb earned the top spot on U.S. News' list of best online graduate education programs in 2014. This university offers an online Master of Science in Education in School Business Management and a Master of Science in Education in Instructional Technology. The programs use a cohort model and 85% of students graduate within two years.

Best Online Engineering Program: Columbia University

Columbia University in New York City is home to the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, the top ranked school for online master's degree programs in engineering, according to U.S. News in 2014. This school offers a variety of online graduate programs through the Columbia Video Network (CVN), and the programs are identical to their on-campus counterparts. The school provides professional engineers with opportunities to earn master's degrees in areas like civil, environmental, mechanical, industrial and electrical engineering.

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