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Top Consensus Ranked Schools for Online Master's Degrees 2021

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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
90.5
College Consensus
99
Publisher Consensus
82
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
11

2

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

UPenn
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
86.5
College Consensus
95.7
Publisher Consensus
77.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
3

3

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI

michigan ann arbor
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
86
College Consensus
92.8
Publisher Consensus
79.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
4

4

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

columbia
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
85.2
College Consensus
94.1
Publisher Consensus
76.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
12

5

University of Virginia-Main Campus
Charlottesville, VA

U Virginia
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
85.1
College Consensus
90.4
Publisher Consensus
79.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
8

6

Washington University in St Louis
Saint Louis, MO

WA SL
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.6
College Consensus
87.2
Publisher Consensus
82
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
3

7

Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

northwestern
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.2
College Consensus
92.8
Publisher Consensus
75.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
4

8

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

unc CH
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.1
College Consensus
88.9
Publisher Consensus
79.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
14

9

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

palm trees and a large brick campus building
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
82.7
College Consensus
90.3
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
42

10

Georgetown University
Washington, DC

georgetown
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
82.4
College Consensus
88.2
Publisher Consensus
76.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
7

11

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

madison UW
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
81.5
College Consensus
83.1
Publisher Consensus
79.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
3

12

The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

UT Austin
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.8
College Consensus
82.6
Publisher Consensus
79
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
5

13

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Atlanta, GA

Georgia Tech
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.4
College Consensus
86.7
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
11

14

Purdue University-Main Campus
West Lafayette, IN

purdue
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80
College Consensus
81.8
Publisher Consensus
78.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
20

15

University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Seattle, WA

U Washington
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80
College Consensus
84.4
Publisher Consensus
75.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
10

16

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL

Illinois Urbana
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80
College Consensus
83.8
Publisher Consensus
76.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
30

17

California State University-Long Beach
Long Beach, CA

California State University Long Beach
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
79.6
College Consensus
85
Publisher Consensus
74.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
3

18

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
79.4
College Consensus
88
Publisher Consensus
70.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
30

19

William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA

william mary
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
79.4
College Consensus
83.6
Publisher Consensus
75.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
3

20

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

UofSouthernCalifornia
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
79.2
College Consensus
80.2
Publisher Consensus
78.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
55

21

Citadel Military College of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Citadel Military College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.5
College Consensus
86.1
Publisher Consensus
71
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
6

22

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

Texas AandM
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.4
College Consensus
80.4
Publisher Consensus
76.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
38

23

California State University-San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA

CSU San Bernardino 1
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78
College Consensus
85.5
Publisher Consensus
70.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
5

24

California State University-Northridge
Northridge, CA

CSU Northridge
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.8
College Consensus
89.3
Publisher Consensus
66.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
7

25

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

CMU Pitt
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.5
College Consensus
82.3
Publisher Consensus
72.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
7

26

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

VT
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77
College Consensus
71.7
Publisher Consensus
82.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
9

27

California State University-Dominguez Hills
Carson, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.9
College Consensus
82.8
Publisher Consensus
71.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
6

28

Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.5
College Consensus
76
Publisher Consensus
77
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
13

29

Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.3
College Consensus
73.8
Publisher Consensus
78.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
4

30

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA

james madison university office
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.9
College Consensus
71.8
Publisher Consensus
78
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
3

31

University of Georgia
Athens, GA

UGA Arch
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.1
College Consensus
69.2
Publisher Consensus
79
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
16

32

North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Raleigh, NC

NCSU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74
College Consensus
73.1
Publisher Consensus
74.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
38

33

University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA

U Northern Iowa
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.9
College Consensus
71.3
Publisher Consensus
76.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
14

34

Ohio State University-Main Campus
Columbus, OH

Ohio State U
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.1
College Consensus
69.8
Publisher Consensus
76.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
12

35

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Michigan state u
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.1
College Consensus
65.4
Publisher Consensus
80.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
19

36

Appalachian State University
Boone, NC

App state
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.1
College Consensus
68.3
Publisher Consensus
77.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
10

37

University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

UConn
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73
College Consensus
73.9
Publisher Consensus
72.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
3

38

Bentley University
Waltham, MA

bentley
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.8
College Consensus
72.4
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
3

39

Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.8
College Consensus
73.7
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
15

40

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN

University Minnesota Twin Cities
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.8
College Consensus
72.4
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
3

41

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

fsu
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.7
College Consensus
67.5
Publisher Consensus
78
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
13

42

George Washington University
Washington, DC

George Washington University 1
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.5
College Consensus
74.4
Publisher Consensus
70.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
50

43

Boston University
Boston, MA

Boston University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.5
College Consensus
72.5
Publisher Consensus
72.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
24

44

Brandeis University
Waltham, MA

Brandeis University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.9
College Consensus
71.1
Publisher Consensus
72.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
7

45

Rutgers University-New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University New Brunswick
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.6
College Consensus
70
Publisher Consensus
73.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
19

46

Northwestern College (IA)
Orange City, IA

Northwestern College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.3
College Consensus
62.4
Publisher Consensus
80.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
3

47

Indiana University-Bloomington
Bloomington, IN

Indiana University Bloomington
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.2
College Consensus
64.1
Publisher Consensus
78.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
10

48

Tulane University of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA

Tulane University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71
College Consensus
63.9
Publisher Consensus
78
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
6

49

California State University-Fullerton
Fullerton, CA

California State University Fullerton
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.9
College Consensus
72.2
Publisher Consensus
69.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
5

50

University of Maryland-College Park
College Park, MD

umd CP
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.8
College Consensus
70.7
Publisher Consensus
70.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
3

51

John Brown University
Siloam Springs, AR

John Brown University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.4
College Consensus
61
Publisher Consensus
79.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
5

52

University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

University Miami
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.3
College Consensus
67
Publisher Consensus
73.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
11

53

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Socorro, NM

new mexico tech campus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.1
College Consensus
67.8
Publisher Consensus
72.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
4

54

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

University of Illinois at Chicago
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70
College Consensus
73.5
Publisher Consensus
66.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
8

55

Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX

SMU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.9
College Consensus
64.5
Publisher Consensus
75.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
25

56

University of Michigan-Dearborn
Dearborn, MI

Michigan Dearborn
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.8
College Consensus
68
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
18

57

Cedarville University
Cedarville, OH

Cedarville University 1
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.6
College Consensus
57.4
Publisher Consensus
81.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
6

58

New York University
New York, NY

NYU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.4
College Consensus
65
Publisher Consensus
73.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
28

59

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

University Iowa
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.3
College Consensus
62.1
Publisher Consensus
76.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
7

60

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

U Arizona
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.3
College Consensus
64.6
Publisher Consensus
73.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
27

61

Milwaukee School of Engineering
Milwaukee, WI

MSOE
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.2
College Consensus
67.2
Publisher Consensus
71.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
4

62

Villanova University
Villanova, PA

Villanova
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.2
College Consensus
63.7
Publisher Consensus
74.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
17

63

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
La Crosse, WI

University Wisconsin La Crosse
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.1
College Consensus
61
Publisher Consensus
77.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
5

64

California State University-Fresno
Fresno, CA

Fresno State
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.9
College Consensus
67.8
Publisher Consensus
70
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
3

65

University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Amherst, MA

University of Massachusetts Amherst
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.6
College Consensus
62.8
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
8

66

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

Clemson University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.5
College Consensus
59.3
Publisher Consensus
77.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
18

67

University of Delaware
Newark, DE

UDel
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.3
College Consensus
62.3
Publisher Consensus
74.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
10

68

Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

Case Western Reserve University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.6
College Consensus
65.4
Publisher Consensus
69.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
7

69

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY

Stony Brook University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.2
College Consensus
69.4
Publisher Consensus
65.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
13

70

Central Washington University
Ellensburg, WA

Central Washington University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67
College Consensus
65.5
Publisher Consensus
68.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
17

71

Salisbury University
Salisbury, MD

Salisbury University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67
College Consensus
62.8
Publisher Consensus
71.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
3

72

University of San Diego
San Diego, CA

University San Diego
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.8
College Consensus
57.3
Publisher Consensus
76.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
5

73

San Jose State University
San Jose, CA

San Jose State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.6
College Consensus
67
Publisher Consensus
66.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
4

74

Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL

lllinois Institute Technology
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.3
College Consensus
65.6
Publisher Consensus
67.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
15

75

Iowa State University
Ames, IA

ISU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.3
College Consensus
56.8
Publisher Consensus
75.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
17

76

American University
Washington, DC

American University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.8
College Consensus
58.3
Publisher Consensus
73.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
16

77

Hamline University
Saint Paul, MN

Hamline University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.4
College Consensus
64.8
Publisher Consensus
66.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
4

78

Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.3
College Consensus
57.4
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
16

79

Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, IA

Buena Vista University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.3
College Consensus
57.2
Publisher Consensus
73.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
6

80

University of Tulsa
Tulsa, OK

tulsa
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.1
College Consensus
55.5
Publisher Consensus
74.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
5

81

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.1
College Consensus
55.7
Publisher Consensus
74.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
11

82

Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA

santa clara
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.9
College Consensus
60.3
Publisher Consensus
69.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
4

83

Radford University
Radford, VA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.7
College Consensus
56.2
Publisher Consensus
73.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
7

84

Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA

Pepperdine University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.7
College Consensus
56.4
Publisher Consensus
73
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
12

85

University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL

University Central Florida
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.6
College Consensus
55.4
Publisher Consensus
73.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
26

86

Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI

marquette hall
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.5
College Consensus
56.4
Publisher Consensus
72.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
5

87

La Salle University
Philadelphia, PA

La Salle University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.5
College Consensus
61.9
Publisher Consensus
67.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
8

88

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester, PA

West Chester University Pennsylvania
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.3
College Consensus
61.4
Publisher Consensus
67.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
6

89

Towson University
Towson, MD

towson university
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.2
College Consensus
59.7
Publisher Consensus
68.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
5

90

Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI

Michigan Tech
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.2
College Consensus
53.2
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
7

91

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

George Mason University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.1
College Consensus
58.4
Publisher Consensus
69.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
14

92

California State University-East Bay
Hayward, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64
College Consensus
66
Publisher Consensus
61.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
4

93

Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ

Montclair State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64
College Consensus
59.4
Publisher Consensus
68.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
6

94

SUNY College at Brockport
Brockport, NY

SUNYBrockport
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.8
College Consensus
57.1
Publisher Consensus
70.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
7

95

Webster University
Saint Louis, MO

Webster University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.7
College Consensus
56.9
Publisher Consensus
70.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
31

96

Winona State University
Winona, MN

Winona State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.7
College Consensus
55.9
Publisher Consensus
71.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
5

97

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Pittsburgh, PA

University of Pittsburgh Campus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.5
College Consensus
50.8
Publisher Consensus
76.1
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Last Accessed: March, 2021
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98

Rutgers University-Newark
Newark, NJ

rutgers newark
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63.5
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55.7
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71.2
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Last Accessed: March, 2021
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99

University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

University at Buffalo
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63.4
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58.9
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67.9
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Last Accessed: March, 2021
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100

Dominican University
River Forest, IL

Dominican University
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63.3
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58.7
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67.9
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Last Accessed: March, 2021
Online Master's degree programs
5

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 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 a passion to 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.