[Editor’s note: This press release originally appeared on U.S. News & World Report’s site.]

Learners looking to complete or further their education online can use the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report, which just released its 2021 Best Online Programs rankings.

The rankings evaluate more than 1,600 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. These programs offer an alternative option for prospective students looking to fulfill their academic goals while pandemic restrictions remain in place in much of the country.

The Best Online Programs rankings only include programs that are designed to be administered online. In other words, the rankings do not evaluate schools or programs that are temporarily virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University moves back up to No. 1 this year. For MBAs, Carnegie Mellon University ties with the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill for the top spot. Columbia University has the top-ranked computer information technology master’s program. Tied for No. 1 among Best Online Master’s in Nursing programs are Rush University and the University of South Carolina. The No. 1 master’s programs in education and engineering are at the University of Florida and Columbia University, respectively.

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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