U.S. News Ranks UMass Amherst Among Top Online Graduate Programs in Nursing, Business, Education

January 18, 2013

Contact: Daniel J. Fitzgibbons 413/545-0444

AMHERST, Mass. – Online graduate programs in nursing and business administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been ranked among the top 25 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
 
UMass Amherst’s online master’s in nursing program is ranked 12th nationally, while the online MBA program offered by the Isenberg School of Management is 22nd. The School of Education's online master's in education was 59th on the list.
 
According to U.S. News, the nursing program rankings are based on information obtained from 101 schools with online programs. The rankings consider a range of factors, including graduation rates, class size, one-year retention rates, the required time to complete a degree, faculty credentials and training, admissions selectivity, services and technology available to students and the amount of student debt carried by graduates.
 
The online MBA rankings weigh similar factors from 213 schools but also give additional weight to peer reputation of the program.
 
The online nursing program had 31 students during the 2011-12 academic year.  Courses were taught by 10 full-time and six part-time faculty members. The online MBA program had more than 925 students last year. The program offers courses taught by 12 full-time and 22 part-time faculty.
 
The School of Education’s online graduate program is Science Education Online (SEO). According to U.S. News, 208 online education programs were evaluated and assigned an overall numerical rank based on factors that include student engagement, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. Admissions selectivity was factored into the rankings for all online master’s degree programs.
 
SEO had 27 students during the 2011-12 academic year. Courses were taught by five full-time and four part-time faculty members.
 
The Science Education Online (SEO) graduate program is a collaboration between UMass Amherst’s School of Education and College of Natural Sciences. It combines the expertise of education and science faculty and K-12 teachers at the University of Massachusetts to develop science and science education courses that are inquiry-based and have strong practical components.