2018 Best Schools for an Online Master's in Education

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Our 2018 best online master's in education rankings has 21 schools this year. The list below is curated from evaluations completed by current students as well as alumni. Online education is more popular than ever and this list contains some of the most well-known schools in the country like Johns Hopkins, Kansas State, University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign, and Arizona State. Regent University Online takes the #1 spot this year with an impressive score of 95.67. The tuition for their online classes is also impressive with annual rates currently set at $13,226. Other schools in the top five are similarly affordable with the University of Central Florida costing $8,872 for in-state tuition and $28,657 for out-of-state tuition. Likewise, Lamar University's tuition is $7,898 for in-state and $14,918 for out-of-state.

A student from Nova Southeastern University, which made it to #5 on our list, thought that the diversity of their program was one of its strongest aspects, saying, "My university is an extremely diverse online institution where you can truly take control of your learning. The professors are always willing to work with you to meet your academic and career needs." A Kaplan University student was impressed with the self-paced aspect of their program, stating, “Kaplan University is great for anyone who wants to take classes at their own pace. With no mandatory log in dates, it really is flexible to everyone's schedule." Click on any of the universities below to learn more about these well-reviewed online programs.

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Rank College 2018 Student Score
#1 #1 Regent University Online 2018 Student Score 95.67
#2 #2 Liberty University 2018 Student Score 89.55
#3 #3 University of Central Florida 2018 Student Score 87.41
#4 #4 Lamar University 2018 Student Score 86.62
#5 #5 Nova Southeastern University 2018 Student Score 86.06
#6 #6 Kent State University at Kent 2018 Student Score 84.76
#7 #7 Arizona State University 2018 Student Score 83.57
#8 #8 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign 2018 Student Score 82.75
#9 #9 Southern New Hampshire University Online 2018 Student Score 82.67
#10 #10 Johns Hopkins University 2018 Student Score 82.31
#11 #11 Kaplan University 2018 Student Score 81.84
#12 #12 University of South Florida - Main Campus 2018 Student Score 80.63
#13 #13 Wilkes University 2018 Student Score 80.31
#14 #14 The University of West Florida 2018 Student Score 79.64
#15 #15 Kansas State University 2018 Student Score 78.16
#16 #16 Concordia University - Portland 2018 Student Score 77.96
#17 #17 Emporia State University 2018 Student Score 77.94
#18 #18 University of the Cumberlands 2018 Student Score 77.58
#19 #19 Arkansas State University 2018 Student Score 73.60
#20 #20 Drexel University 2018 Student Score 71.06
#21 #21 National University 2018 Student Score 66.90


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2018 Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular degree program must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from their institution of choice for more details.

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.