University of Nebraska online programs among the best in new U.S. News rankings

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s online Master of Business Administration and the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s online bachelor’s degree in general studies are among the NU programs featured in U.S. News & World Report’s new rankings of the country’s best online degrees.

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UNL’s online MBA ranks No. 6 among all online graduate business programs. Only one other Big Ten university ranked higher. UNO’s online bachelor’s degree in general studies is No. 20 among all online bachelor’s programs. Both NU programs can be completed fully online and are available through the University of Nebraska Online Worldwide website.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the programs using factors such as faculty credentials, student services, student engagement and admissions selectivity. The magazine surveyed nearly 1,000 programs across the country.

Other NU programs included in the final rankings, which were issued today, are:

“While no one set of rankings can capture the full story of our programs, I’m very pleased that the University of Nebraska is included in U.S. News & World Report’s lists of best online degrees,” said Mary Niemiec, associate vice president for distance education and director of University of Nebraska Online Worldwide. “That we are recognized as a leader in online education is a testament to the quality of our faculty and the programs that they have developed. Access to a quality education is our primary goal. Through the NU Online Worldwide website, students who want to earn a degree online can find information about all of our accredited online programs.”

Designed to meet the needs of busy working professionals, the online MBA offered by UNL emphasizes managerial skills, team building, ethics and leadership. Students may specialize in accounting, agribusiness, finance or international business. This year’s No. 6 ranking moves UNL up 11 spots from 2013.

“This recognition for our online MBA program is really significant,” said Donde Ashmos Plowman, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of the College of Business Administration. “The world is noticing the outstanding quality of our business programs at UNL.”

Students enrolled in the UNO bachelor’s degree in general studies can pursue a range of concentrations, including criminology and criminal justice, geography, information technology, and nonprofit administration. The program is highly flexible, making it ideal for military learners or others who are balancing work or family obligations. Graduates are well-prepared to pursue career goals, graduate coursework or personal interests.

“The education students receive at UNO, through our Bachelor of General Studies program, is truly one of the best in the nation and this ranking reflects that,” said John Bartle, dean of UNO’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service, which houses the degree program. “The results are evident in the success of our alumni, which includes the current U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel.”

The University of Nebraska Online Worldwide is NU’s university-wide distance education initiative, providing access to more than 100 online and blended degree, certificate and endorsement programs in 16 fields of study, offered by the four campuses of the university. The university will continue to grow its online programs as it works to expand access to more Nebraskans and others seeking a flexible, quality education. Online education is an especially good fit for the 290,000 Nebraskans who have completed some college but have not earned a degree.

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