City University of Seattle and Washington State University both offer several online degree programs that are among the tops in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report
City University of Seattle and Washington State University ranked in the top-40 in one or more categories for online degree programs, according to the 2016 rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.
City University — a private, nonprofit school based in Seattle — ranked 27th for its online bachelor’s degree program, the same ranking it held last year. WSU ranked 34th, although that was a drop from last year, when it was 20th. Central Washington University’s online bachelor’s program was 195th.
U.S. News editors wrote that the vast majority of students who enroll in an online bachelor’s degree program already have some college credit, and are likely to be working professionals in their 20s to 40s looking to advance in their careers, or make a career change. For that reason, the editors ranked the programs using factors that “weigh how these programs are being delivered and their effectiveness at awarding affordable degrees in a reasonable amount of time.”
Of course, if you’re getting a degree online, the school’s location might not matter to you. The top three online bachelor’s programs in the nation were Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide, Pennsylvania State University World Campus and Western Kentucky University.
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Other notable rankings: Among schools that offer an MBA online, WSU ranked 22nd and City University 131st. City University’s graduate business degree was 75th.
WSU’s graduate degree in engineering ranked 37th, Gonzaga’s online nursing degree ranked 103rd, and Seattle University’s graduate degree in education ranked 184th.
Here are a few non-Washington programs that performed well in U.S. News’s rankings: For graduate degrees in computer information technology, the top three programs were: University of Southern California, Virginia Tech and Boston University. And for graduate degrees in engineering, the top three were: University of California – Los Angeles, University of Southern California and Columbia University.
The full rankings are available at www.usnews.com/online.