The best online programs in 2015

East coast and Midwest public universities dominate in best online bachelor programs

online-rankingsOnline education is appealing for its novel approach to teaching, flexibility, and cost. This phenomenon can be expected to grow.

In 2013, the number of students taking at least one online course increased by over
411,000 to a new total of 7.1 million, according to a study by Babson Survey Research Group.

Interested in capitalizing on all the benefits online learning has to offer, but unsure which program is best? You’re in luck, because U.S. News & World Report has released the Best Online Program Rankings in 2015.

These rankings, accessible on both and, includes more than 1,000 programs–an increase of more than 20 percent from last year, according to a press release.

Online programs are ranked in the following eight categories:  Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, Best Online Graduate Business Programs (non-MBA), Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs, Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs, Best Online Graduate Education Programs, Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs, Best Online MBA Programs and Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, law enforcement careers are expected to increase by 11 percent by 2016, and U.S. News has included a new category to cater to this growing industry by ranking the Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs. In addition, the Best Online MBA Programs category has been added in response to the MBA degree’s growth in popularity.

(Read on to see the best online program rankings by category in 2015) 

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