For the first time, Florida’s Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University–Worldwide was ranked first on the list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, but it also tied with Pennsylvania State University–World Campus. Coming in at third place was Western Kentucky University.

In addition to bachelor’s programs, the 2016 Best Online Programs also includes comprehensive ratings of seven master’s level disciplines. One note of particular interest is the way that some states boast multiple programs in certain categories.

The top three graduate schools in each category are as follows:


1.) Temple University {also ranked first last year}

2.) Indiana University – Bloomington

3.) University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Business, non-MBA

1.) Indiana University – Bloomington {also ranked first last year}

2.) University of Connecticut

3.) Arizona State University

Criminal Justice

1.) Boston University

2.) Arizona State University

3.) Sam Houston State University (Texas)


1.) University of Florida

2.) University of Houston

3.) Florida State University


1.) University of South Carolina

2.) Medical University of South Carolina

3.) St. Xavier University (Illinois)


1.) University of California – Los Angeles

2.) University of Southern California

3.) Columbia University (New York)

Computer Information Technology

1.) University of Southern California

2.) Virginia Tech

3.) Boston University

For complete rankings and more information on the Best Online Programs rankings, visit

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