WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, today announced the 2020 Best Online Programs rankings for adults interested in furthering their education. 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 MBA s, 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 Program s, 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.

This year, U.S. News reduced the weight of acceptance rates for online master's programs to give more credit to schools that provide online help with course registration, admissions counseling and building a resume. Additionally, U.S. News significantly adjusted its formula for GRE and GMAT scores to account for the vast majority of master's programs not requiring these exams from applicants.

In addition, 18 new specialty rankings have been added within several disciplines: education, engineering, MBA and nursing. These specialties include civil engineering, special education, nursing administration and more.

"Prospective students now have a lot of options when choosing an online undergraduate or graduate program," said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. "For people looking for more flexibility as they pursue their higher education goals, U.S. News has information on relevant factors like accreditation, graduation rates and student support services."

In addition to the rankings, U.S. News offers editorial content covering career search advice, paying for school, applying to programs and more. The Online College Compare tool allows students to search and compare different programs based on individual interests.

Using data gathered directly from each institution, U.S. News is the only publication to evaluate online degrees at the program level rather than the school level. The methodologies are based on factors such as student engagement, faculty credentials, and student services and technology. Only degree-granting programs that are offered primarily online by regionally accredited institutions were considered.

2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs

Bachelor's Programs1. Ohio State University–Columbus 2. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University—Worldwide (FL) 3. University of Illinois—Chicago

Master's Programs

MBA1. Indiana University—Bloomington (Kelley) (tie) 1. University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler) (tie) 2. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) (PA)

Business, non-MBA1. University of Southern California (Marshall) 2. Indiana University—Bloomington (Kelley) 3. Villanova University (PA)

Computer Information Technology1. University of Southern California 2. Johns Hopkins University (Whiting) (MD) 3. University of Arizona

Criminal Justice/Criminology1. University of California—Irvine 2. Sam Houston State University (TX) 3. Boston University (tie) 3. University of Massachusetts—Lowell (tie)

Education1. Clemson University (Moore) (SC) 2. University of Florida 3. University of Virginia (Curry)

Engineering1. Columbia University (Fu Foundation) (NY) (tie) 1. University of California—Los Angeles (Samueli) (tie) 3. Purdue University—West Lafayette (IN)

Nursing1. Rush University (IL) 2. University of South Carolina 3. Johns Hopkins University (MD)

For more information, visit Best Online Programs and share the rankings using #BestOnlinePrograms on Facebook and Twitter. For leaders in education, policy and workforce development, U.S. News will also host its "Workforce of Tomorrow" summit Sept. 30, 2020, in Washington, D.C. The conference is committed to examining and advancing solutions for a STEM skilled workforce. To learn more, visit USNewsSTEMsolutions.com and sign up for updates from U.S. News here.

About U.S. News & World Report U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A digital news and information company focused on Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars and Civic, USNews.com provides consumer advice, rankings and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 40 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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