Ohio State University–Columbus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University—Worldwide, and the University of Illinois—Chicago take the top three spots for best online bachelor’s degree programs in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Online Program rankings.

The rankings are particularly helpful for adults interested in furthering their education, especially amid growing awareness that workers will need to invest in their skills and continue learning throughout their careers–referred to as “upskilling.”

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The rankings evaluate more than 1,600 distance education bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The master’s programs include seven disciplines, such as nursing, business and engineering.

For the first time, Rush University in Illinois is the top school among Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs. Among online MBAs, Indiana University—Bloomington and the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill tie for No. 1. Ohio State University—Columbus places highest among Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, while the University of Southern California remains at the top for computer information technology master’s programs. The University of California—Los Angeles ties with Columbia University in New York for the top spot among master’s-level engineering programs. For master’s-level education, Clemson University in South Carolina is home to the No. 1 program.

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Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Editorial Director, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura