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Best Online Graduate Schools
Top Consensus Ranked Schools for Online Master's Degrees 2020

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Best Online Graduate Schools 2020

Online higher education has transformed professional education, and nowhere is that more obvious than in graduate education. Over the last two decades, bachelor’s degrees have become standard for entry-level jobs in nearly every occupation, and as more workers went into the job market with a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree became more valuable as a way to specialize and stand out from the competition. Fortunately for busy professionals, online education also evolved during that time, making a master’s degree more convenient and accessible for adults who want to advance in their career.

Where online degrees were once dominated by predatory for-profit diploma mills, today, nearly every reputable, trusted university in the nation offers at least some fully-online graduate programs. A lot of these are in the most in-demand fields, like technology, healthcare, and business. Interfaces have improved to the point that many online classes are just as engaging and interactive as real-world classes. And more importantly, employers no longer see an online master’s degree as a liability – they see it as the valuable professional training that it is. 

Ranking the Best Online Graduate Schools: College Consensus Methodology

To rank the best online graduate schools, College Consensus began with our vast field of Consensus-ranked colleges and universities. We narrowed down our pool with institutions offering at least 3 fully-online master’s degree programs. Finally, we ranked them according to their Consensus score. Prospective students can be sure College Consensus has the most comprehensive and inclusive ranking of the best graduate schools for online master’s degrees. 

1

Stanford University
Stanford, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
91.1
College Consensus
98.9
Publisher Consensus
83.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
11

2

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI

michigan ann arbor
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
86.2
College Consensus
93.1
Publisher Consensus
79.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
6

3

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

unc CH
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.5
College Consensus
89.9
Publisher Consensus
79.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
13

4

Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, NY

columbia
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.4
College Consensus
92.8
Publisher Consensus
75.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
14

5

Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

northwestern
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.3
College Consensus
92.7
Publisher Consensus
76
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
5

6

University of Virginia-Main Campus
Charlottesville, VA

U Virginia
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.3
College Consensus
89
Publisher Consensus
79.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
9

7

Georgetown University
Washington, DC

georgetown
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.1
College Consensus
91.2
Publisher Consensus
77
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
7

8

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

UF
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
82
College Consensus
87.4
Publisher Consensus
76.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
43

9

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

UofSouthernCalifornia
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
81.2
College Consensus
83.6
Publisher Consensus
78.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
48

10

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

madison UW
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.8
College Consensus
81.8
Publisher Consensus
79.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
10

11

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL

Illinois Urbana
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.8
College Consensus
84.3
Publisher Consensus
77.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
30

12

University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Seattle, WA

U Washington
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.3
College Consensus
84.9
Publisher Consensus
75.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
10

13

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.9
College Consensus
87.2
Publisher Consensus
70.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
28

14

Purdue University-Main Campus
West Lafayette, IN

purdue
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.2
College Consensus
78.3
Publisher Consensus
78
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
18

15

Texas A & M University-College Station
College Station, TX

Texas AandM
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.9
College Consensus
76.9
Publisher Consensus
78.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
39

16

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

CMU Pitt
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.7
College Consensus
82.7
Publisher Consensus
72.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
7

17

Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.1
College Consensus
77.4
Publisher Consensus
76.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
14

18

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg)
Blacksburg, VA

VT
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.8
College Consensus
71.3
Publisher Consensus
82.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
9

19

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Michigan state u
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.8
College Consensus
72.7
Publisher Consensus
80.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
17

20

New York University
New York, NY

NYU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75
College Consensus
75.4
Publisher Consensus
74.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
14

21

California State University-Dominguez Hills
Carson, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.3
College Consensus
77.7
Publisher Consensus
70.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
6

22

University of Georgia
Athens, GA

UGA Arch
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.8
College Consensus
68.5
Publisher Consensus
79
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
17

23

Rutgers University-New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University New Brunswick
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.3
College Consensus
73.8
Publisher Consensus
72.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
19

24

North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Raleigh, NC

NCSU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.3
College Consensus
71.8
Publisher Consensus
74.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
37

25

California State University-Northridge
Northridge, CA

CSU Northridge
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73
College Consensus
80
Publisher Consensus
66.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
7

26

University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

UConn
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.9
College Consensus
73.7
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
5

27

Ohio State University-Main Campus
Columbus, OH

Ohio State U
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.7
College Consensus
67.5
Publisher Consensus
77.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
11

28

Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

Case Western Reserve University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.5
College Consensus
75.2
Publisher Consensus
69.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
7

29

California State University-San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA

CSU San Bernardino 1
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.1
College Consensus
74.1
Publisher Consensus
70.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
5

30

Indiana University-Bloomington
Bloomington, IN

Indiana University Bloomington
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.1
College Consensus
66.3
Publisher Consensus
78
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
9

31

Villanova University
Villanova, PA

Villanova
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.8
College Consensus
68.2
Publisher Consensus
75.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
15

32

University of Illinois at Springfield
Springfield, IL

University of Illinois at Springfield
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.7
College Consensus
69.3
Publisher Consensus
74.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
12

33

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

fsu
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.7
College Consensus
65.3
Publisher Consensus
78.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
13

34

Citadel Military College of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Citadel Military College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.5
College Consensus
72.2
Publisher Consensus
70.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
5

35

Boston University
Boston, MA

Boston University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71
College Consensus
69.5
Publisher Consensus
72.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
20

36

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.5
College Consensus
64.9
Publisher Consensus
76
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
11

37

University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA

U Northern Iowa
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.2
College Consensus
63.9
Publisher Consensus
76.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
17

38

Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX

SMU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.7
College Consensus
63
Publisher Consensus
76.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
15

39

Brandeis University
Waltham, MA

Brandeis University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.6
College Consensus
66.6
Publisher Consensus
72.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
7

40

Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC

WCU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.6
College Consensus
61.9
Publisher Consensus
77.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
10

41

Dominican University
River Forest, IL

Dominican University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.4
College Consensus
70.7
Publisher Consensus
68
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
7

42

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

University Iowa
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.9
College Consensus
61.3
Publisher Consensus
76.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
14

43

Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.9
College Consensus
63.6
Publisher Consensus
74.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
8

44

Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ

Montclair State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.9
College Consensus
69.3
Publisher Consensus
68.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
6

45

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
La Crosse, WI

University Wisconsin La Crosse
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.8
College Consensus
60.4
Publisher Consensus
77.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
6

46

University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

University Miami
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.8
College Consensus
61.9
Publisher Consensus
75.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
9

47

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

Clemson University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.6
College Consensus
59.8
Publisher Consensus
77.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
16

48

University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Amherst, MA

University of Massachusetts Amherst
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.3
College Consensus
62.4
Publisher Consensus
74.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
7

49

George Washington University
Washington, DC

George Washington University 1
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.3
College Consensus
65.7
Publisher Consensus
70.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
42

50

California State University-Fullerton
Fullerton, CA

California State University Fullerton
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.2
College Consensus
66.8
Publisher Consensus
69.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
5

51

Fresno Pacific University
Fresno, CA

Fresno Pacific University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.1
College Consensus
57.2
Publisher Consensus
79
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
9

52

SUNY College at Brockport
Brockport, NY

SUNYBrockport
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68
College Consensus
64.2
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
14

53

University of Delaware
Newark, DE

UDel
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.1
College Consensus
59.8
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
9

54

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY

Stony Brook University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.7
College Consensus
67.8
Publisher Consensus
65.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
14

55

LeTourneau University
Longview, TX

Letourneau University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.2
College Consensus
60.3
Publisher Consensus
72.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
12

56

University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO

Snow Boulder
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.9
College Consensus
54.6
Publisher Consensus
77.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
11

57

The University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL

University West Florida
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.9
College Consensus
54.6
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
13

58

Towson University
Towson, MD

towson university
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.8
College Consensus
60.8
Publisher Consensus
68.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
5

59

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester, PA

West Chester University Pennsylvania
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.6
College Consensus
59.6
Publisher Consensus
69.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
6

60

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

University of Illinois at Chicago
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.5
College Consensus
61.3
Publisher Consensus
67.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
7

61

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

George Mason University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.3
College Consensus
59.1
Publisher Consensus
69.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
17

62

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

University of utah
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.2
College Consensus
56.4
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
6

63

University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

University at Buffalo
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.1
College Consensus
58.8
Publisher Consensus
69.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
12

64

Marist College
Poughkeepsie, NY

Marist College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.1
College Consensus
48.9
Publisher Consensus
77.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
6

65

Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY

Rochester Institute of Technology
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.1
College Consensus
53.4
Publisher Consensus
72.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
13

66

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

U Arizona
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63
College Consensus
52.3
Publisher Consensus
73.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
23

67

Canisius College
Buffalo, NY

Canisius College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.9
College Consensus
55.7
Publisher Consensus
70.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
6

68

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Pittsburgh, PA

University of Pittsburgh Campus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.9
College Consensus
48.4
Publisher Consensus
77.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
7

69

University of Tulsa
Tulsa, OK

tulsa
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.9
College Consensus
51.4
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
5

70

American University
Washington, DC

American University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.7
College Consensus
52.2
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
8

71

University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO

University of Missouri Columbia
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.7
College Consensus
49
Publisher Consensus
76.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
16

72

Florida International University
Miami, FL

FIU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.7
College Consensus
53.8
Publisher Consensus
71.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
27

73

Rutgers University-Newark
Newark, NJ

rutgers newark
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.7
College Consensus
54.2
Publisher Consensus
71.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
5

74

Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA

Pepperdine University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.7
College Consensus
51.4
Publisher Consensus
73.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
7

75

University of Denver
Denver, CO

U Denver
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.5
College Consensus
51.5
Publisher Consensus
73.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
16

76

La Salle University
Philadelphia, PA

La Salle University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.1
College Consensus
57.6
Publisher Consensus
66.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
7

77

Webster University
Saint Louis, MO

Webster University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.1
College Consensus
51.7
Publisher Consensus
72.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
27

78

Iowa State University
Ames, IA

ISU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62
College Consensus
48.4
Publisher Consensus
75.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
15

79

Molloy College
Rockville Centre, NY

Molloy College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.9
College Consensus
52.9
Publisher Consensus
70.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
6

80

Fordham University
Bronx, NY

Fordham University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.7
College Consensus
49
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
6

81

Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, NJ

stevens institute
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.5
College Consensus
53.6
Publisher Consensus
69.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
17

82

Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL

lllinois Institute Technology
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.4
College Consensus
55.8
Publisher Consensus
67
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
16

83

University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL

University Central Florida
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.4
College Consensus
47.7
Publisher Consensus
75.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
26

84

Appalachian State University
Boone, NC

App state
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.1
College Consensus
44.6
Publisher Consensus
77.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
10

85

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Edinburg, TX

UTRG
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.9
College Consensus
45.2
Publisher Consensus
76.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
16

86

Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI

marquette hall
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.7
College Consensus
48.6
Publisher Consensus
72.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
5

87

Auburn University
Auburn, AL

Auburn University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.6
College Consensus
40.9
Publisher Consensus
80.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
20

88

Washington State University
Pullman, WA

Washington State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.5
College Consensus
47.3
Publisher Consensus
73.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
12

89

SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Utica, NY

sunypoly exterior utica
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.4
College Consensus
58.6
Publisher Consensus
62.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
5

90

National Louis University
Chicago, IL

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.4
College Consensus
52.2
Publisher Consensus
68.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
9

91

Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI

Michigan Tech
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.2
College Consensus
45.4
Publisher Consensus
75
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
7

92

San Diego State University
San Diego, CA

sdsu 1
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.1
College Consensus
48.6
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
6

93

Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60
College Consensus
53
Publisher Consensus
67
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
37

94

Simmons University
Boston, MA

simmons
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.9
College Consensus
50.2
Publisher Consensus
69.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
7

95

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus
Norman, OK

ou
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.9
College Consensus
43.7
Publisher Consensus
76.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
16

96

University of Dallas
Irving, TX

UniversityDallas
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.2
College Consensus
42.3
Publisher Consensus
76.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
7

97

Niagara University
Niagara University, NY

Niagara University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.2
College Consensus
46.3
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
Online Master's Programs
7

98

University of South Florida-Main Campus
Tampa, FL

University South Florida Main
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.1
College Consensus
45.7
Publisher Consensus
72.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020
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University of Dayton
Dayton, OH

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Georgia College & State University
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Are Online Master’s Programs Really Reputable? 

Places that offer online master’s programs are no different from any other learning institution. All the same rules apply. People seeking a master’s program will want to earn their online degree from one of the many fully accredited online universities.

Accreditation means the program or institution received either regional or national validation from an official review board. A college or institution can only receive accreditation if it meets or exceeds the strict standards set by the review board. Online universities and institutes with online degree programs must also go through accreditation.

Fully accredited online universities hold the same weight and full reputation as any other university whether online or off. In fact, checking for valid accreditation is a good first step for those seeking a reputable online master’s program.

What Are Some of the Best Degrees for Adults Returning to College?

Returning to college can come with many challenges. Before choosing an online university, the choice of which master’s degree to pursue must come first. Often, it’s possible for people to figure out which degree to pursue by analyzing their personal goals.

For example, someone already working in their chosen profession may want to pursue a degree in that discipline so they can advance and do more with their careers. Some others may want to switch gears and jump into an entirely new career. No matter the case, there are a few degrees that work well for adults returning to college.

Business MBA – A postgraduate business degree works well for those who want to boost their earning potential and on take leadership roles in business. MBA programs are also good for networking with like-minded people.

Nursing MSN – Going from a bachelor’s to a master’s in nursing makes a lot of sense for RNs who want to branch out and take on specialized or advanced nursing practices.

Law LLM, MLS, MSL – Pursuing an LLM after obtaining a JD will help law practitioners specialize in a specific field. As a specialist, it’s possible to focus on a particular client base to maximize earnings. An MLS or MSL degree works for those who want to have advanced legal knowledge for any of a number of roles, but don’t want to practice law.

These represent good degrees to consider, but people should choose the online graduate programs that line up best with their goals.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Master’s Degree Online? 

How long an online master’s degree program takes will depend on several factors. People can find 1 year master’s programs online and even 6 month master’s degree online programs. In most cases, the quickest master’s degree online will represent whichever program fits the applicant’s schedule.

Many accelerated degree programs for working adults exist. Some programs have short time frames by nature. For example, it’s possible to find 1 year master’s programs online for a Law LLM degree simply because that particular degree typically takes a year to complete.

By contrast, obtaining a 6 month master’s degree online will usually require the applicant to work extra hard. People should choose the program they legitimately feel they can handle. Earning the quickest master’s degree online is possible, but only for the dedicated.

Many accelerated degree programs for working adults often allow applicants to move at their own pace. So, someone can choose an accelerated pace, but don’t necessarily have to.

Can I Make More Money with an Online Master’s Degree? 

One of the main reasons to pursue further study for a master’s degree is to increase earning potential. Just having a master’s allows someone to demand a higher salary. But, that master’s degree also allows people to move into higher paying positions and careers in general.

In the current job market, master degree average salary sits higher than the average salary of someone with a bachelor’s. Master degree average salary can also see numbers far higher depending on the degree’s specific field of study. For example, those with the top master’s degrees in demand will always see more by way of earnings.

However, the top master’s degrees in demand can change over time, so no one list can always say which is the best graduate degree to pursue. With that in mind, applicants should also consider those degrees that have stood the test of time.

Different people bring passion for different careers. The best graduate degree to pursue is the one that can truly make a positive difference in someone’s life.

How Much Does an Online Master’s Degree Program Cost? 

Online master’s degree programs can vary widely in pricing. Finding the most affordable graduate schools will depend on the location of the applicant and how much research they do. Loans, financial aid, and all the other traditional ways to fund college will also come into play.

The most affordable graduate schools for one person will not necessarily seem so affordable to another. Nevertheless, many accredited online master’s degree programs are out there. Even traditional colleges offer online degree programs, so there’s always something to suit anyone’s budget.