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The best, worst online graduate degrees for students


New infographic reveals that the most popular online graduate degrees among students are not always the best for careers.

Worst

Fine arts: $46,600: 3.5%: 43%

Early childhood education: $48,700: 5.4%: 36%

English literature: $69,500: 6.2%: 33%

Social work: $59,700: 10%: 27%

Criminal justice: $63,600: 7%: 36%

Most Popular Online Graduate Degree Program

According to PayScale, an MBA is one of the most popular online graduate degrees in the U.S. However, Online College Plan notes that there are several concentrations, and some are more lucrative than others. Almost all have the potential to students in the six-figure range.

[Information presented as MBA concentration: Average mid-career salary]

Strategy: $149,000

Entrepreneurship: $139,000

Corporate finance: $138,000

Finance: $130,000

Marketing: $123,000

Information technology (IT): $123,000

International business: $121,000

The Best Colleges and Universities?

According to Online College Plan, some of the best colleges and universities for online graduate degree programs are those that offer competitive tuition as well as a high number of online programs. Institutions include:

1. North Carolina State University-Distance Education

Annual tuition: $7,623 in-state and $21,311 out-of-state

Number of graduate degree programs: 45

Most popular programs: statistics, aerospace engineering, animal science, civil engineering, computer science

2. University of Illinois Online

Annual tuition: $7,782 in-state and $27,435 out-of-state

Number of graduate degree programs: 45

Most popular programs: agricultural education, computer science, environmental studies

3. University of Missouri-Mizzou Online

Annual tuition: $8,335

Number of graduate degree programs: 44

Most popular programs: architectural studies, interactive media, nursing education, health communication

4. Liberty University Online

Annual tuition: $9,360

Number of graduate degree programs: 140

Most popular programs: MBA, communications, professional counseling, cyber security

5. University of Memphis-U of M Online

Annual tuition: online only programs are $100/credit hour

Number of graduate degree programs: 20

Most popular programs: MBA, journalism, history, public health, nursing, applied computer science

Infographic

Most Lucrative Online Graduate Degree Programs
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