UMass Lowell is Recognized for Excellence in Online Education by U.S. News & World Report

2023 U.S. News Badges

Once again, UMass Lowell’s online degrees are rated among the best in the country, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2023 Best Online Programs. U.S. News evaluated more than 1,800 colleges and universities this year to help prospective students compare the best online programs in the country.

“UMass Lowell is proud of the outstanding education and strong return on investment created by our graduate, online and professional programs as they engage students to advance their knowledge and become leaders in their professional lives and in the community,” said Chancellor Julie Chen. “We’re pleased by the continued recognition of that excellence by U.S. News & World Report.”

As online programs increase in popularity because of their flexibility and savings, UMass Lowell remains a national leader in online education, with a long-established history of offering high-quality graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

UMass Lowell’s Best Online Graduate Degrees

UMass Lowell’s online Master of Arts in Criminal Justice ranked number 1 in the nation for veterans and 2 in the country for the general population. All UMass Lowell Master’s in Security Studies concentrations are included in the criminal justice rank evaluation.

Additionally, the online graduate degrees in education ranked number 10 in the country, while the Master of Science in Engineering Management climbed to number 23 in the nation.

Student excellence, expert opinion and other assessment categories are included in U.S. News ranking criteria for online master’s degree programs.

UMass Lowell’s Best Online Bachelor’s Degrees

UMass Lowell’s online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology continues to be the best online program in New England and ranks as number 16 overall in the country.

Additionally, UMass Lowell rates among the best higher education institutions in Greater Boston for the general bachelor’s category, ranking as the 30th best online bachelor’s degrees available in the country. This ranking includes the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in English, Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Like the graduate degrees ranking criteria, U.S. News’ evaluation of bachelor’s programs relies on factors such as student engagement, faculty credentials and training, expert opinion, graduation rates and other quantitative data.

Best Online Programs for Veterans

Accessible, high-quality education is especially important for veterans and military-affiliated students, who are often deployed while continuing their studies. “Our rankings among veterans on a national level reflect our ongoing commitment to supporting the men and women who serve in the armed services. We are proud of our campus, our programs, our faculty and our students,” said Steve Tello, UMass Lowell’s Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies.

As previously noted, UMass Lowell’s Master’s in Criminal Justice is rated as the number 1 best program in the country for veteran and military service members, while the Master of Science in Information Technology ranks as number 9.

Same Degree Online as On-Campus

UMass Lowell’s accredited online programs are among the most affordable in the country and provide students with the academic integrity of a top public research university. The online courses are taught by the same faculty members and industry experts committed to the same standards of excellence in teaching and provide the same learning outcomes as on-campus programs. For that reason, students receive the same diploma whether they study on-campus or online.

“UMass Lowell is proud to be recognized in the U.S. News & World Report rankings for the quality of our online faculty and programs,” said Tello. “This recognition reflects the university’s commitment to provide affordable, flexible and high-quality professional education.”

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