Many U of A Online Degree Programs Rank High Nationally by ‘US News’

U of A’s Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs Rank 24th in US News and World Report’s 2022 “Best Online Programs” categories. Online graduate and graduate engineering programs also ranked highly.

The U of A’s 12 online bachelor’s degree programs from four colleges ranked 20th among public institutions. In the business subcategory, bachelor’s degree programs at the Sam M. Walton College of Business ranked 13th nationally and 9th among public institutions. American News ranked 228 institutions nationwide in the online bachelor’s degree category.

The College of Engineering’s online master’s in engineering programs took 49th place overall and ranked 37th among public institutions. American News ranked 104 institutions in the online engineering degree category.

Online Master of Education programs rose to 60th place in 2022, up 12 places from 2021. These College of Education and Health Professions programs ranked 53rd among public institutions .

U of A University College Online Programs are featured on the U of A ONLINE website.

“Thanks to our faculty, the University of Arkansas continues to be nationally competitive in online education, which is a very aggressive space,” said Cheryl Murphy, vice provost academic. from a distance. “Our students in these high-quality online programs benefit from our faculty’s commitment to academic excellence and our university’s dedication to student success.”


The U of A’s online bachelor’s degree programs, which rank 24th in the nation, are offered by the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences; the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences; Walton College; and the College of Education and Health Professions.

U of A’s online bachelor’s degree programs include:


The College of Education and Health Professions’ online Master of Education programs climbed 12 places to 60th among 322 institutions ranked in 2022.

“We are very pleased that our online Master of Education programs have been recognized among the top online programs in the country,” said Brian Primack, Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions. “We pride ourselves on providing affordable, rigorous, and accessible opportunities for people in Arkansas and around the world to further their education.”

Graduate programs delivered online:


The College of Engineering’s online master’s in engineering programs ranked 49th among 104 ranked institutions in 2022.

“It is gratifying to see our online programs recognized for their excellence, as we know they provide convenience and great value to professionals and others who wish to pursue higher education but would find it difficult to attend campus,” said Kim Needy, Dean of the College. of Engineering. “I commend the directors, faculty and staff who have developed these master’s programs and ensure that they are updated and improved year after year.”

The graduate engineering degree programs delivered online are master’s degrees in engineering, electrical engineering and engineering management.


American News undergraduate program rankings are based on four categories: student engagement, student services and technology, academic credentials and faculty development, and expert opinion, a category formerly known as peer reputation . Rankings for graduate and graduate engineering programs include these four categories and admissions selectivity. Full rankings, data and detailed methodologies are available on the American News website.


Providing quality online programs is imperative as more people rely on distance learning to access higher education, both at the U of A and nationally. The U of A offers more than 75 online degree, certificate, micro-certificate, and licensure programs.

About 15,770 U of A students took at least one online course in the 2021 academic year, representing nearly 51.96% of the student body. About 12% of all U of A students, or 3,733 students, studied exclusively online in the same academic year, according to the Global Campus 2020-2021 Annual Report. Online course data does not include enrollments in courses that have been classified by campus as “remote” during the pandemic.

Nationally, more than 7 million students studied remotely in fall 2019, nearly half of whom are exclusively taking remote courses, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. website.

In the past academic year at the U of A, 270 undergraduates and 858 graduate students earned degrees through online programs.

About the Global Campus: The Global Campus supports U of A colleges and schools in the development and delivery of online programs and courses. It provides instructional design services, technology services, and assistance with marketing, recruitment, and strategic academic development.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion for Arkansas’ economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of American colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US News and World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Find out how the U of A is working to build a better world in Arkansas Research News.

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