US News unveils the ranking of the best online programs 2022 | Press room


Washington D.C.- US News & World Report, the global authority on education rankings, today released the 2022 rankings of the best online programs. The new edition assesses more than 1,700 online bachelor’s and master’s programs for people wishing to complete or continue their studies.

This year’s edition of the ranking includes more than 1,700 programs, up from just over 1,600 last year. The number of programs included in the Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Psychology rankings increased significantly this year, from 145 to 228 for business and from 27 to 55 for psychology.

In addition to rankings, US News offers resources such as the Online College Compare tool to find and compare distance education programs. US News also publishes editorial content with advice on topics such as tutoring resources, paying for education, and online education trends.

“The uncertainty caused by the pandemic may cause more people to consider the merits of an online education,” said Liana Loewus, Education editor at US News. “As students consider what’s right for them and their schedule, they can use the data provided by US News to research their options and make informed decisions about their academic future.”

The ranking of the best online programs only includes programs designed to be administered online. In other words, the rankings do not rate schools or programs that are temporarily virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As the only media organization to evaluate online degrees at the program level rather than the school level, US News uses data collected directly from each institution. The methodologies are based on factors such as student engagement, faculty credentials, student services, and technology. Only degree-granting programs that are offered primarily online by regionally accredited institutions were considered.

License programs
1. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University—Worldwide (FL) (tie)
1. University of Florida (tie)
3. Medical University of South Carolina (tie)
3. University of Illinois at Chicago (tie)

1. Indiana University – Bloomington (Kelley) (tie)
1. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler) (tie)
1. University of Southern California (Marshall) (tie)

Business, non-MBA
1. Indiana University – Bloomington (Kelley) (tie)
1. University of Southern California (Marshall) (tie)
3. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) (PA) (tie)
3. University of Georgia (Terry) (tie)

Criminal Justice/Criminology
1. University of California-Irvine
2. Sam Houston State University (TX) (tie)
2. University of Massachusetts – Lowell (tie)

1. Clemson University (Moore) (SC)
2. University of Florida
3. University of Georgia (tie)
3. University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign (tie)

1. Columbia University (Fu Foundation)
2. University of California – Los Angeles (Samueli)
3. Pennsylvania State University – Global Campus (Tie)
3. Purdue University – West Lafayette (IN) (tie)

Feeding with milk
1. Ohio State University (tie)
1. University of Pittsburgh (PA) (tie)
1. University of South Carolina (tie)

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US News & World Report is the world’s leader in quality rankings that empower citizens, consumers, business leaders and policy makers to make better, more informed decisions about the important issues that affect their lives. A multi-faceted digital media company with 360° education, health, money, travel, cars, news and opinion platforms, US News provides rankings, independent reporting, journalism data, consumer advice and US News Live events. More than 40 million people visit each month for research and advice. Founded in 1933, US News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.


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