2017 Top Colleges for an Online Master's in Education

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27 schools make up our list of the top online master's in education programs. These ranking were determined on the basis of student feedback. For those whose main concern is cost, there are numerous budget-friendly options, with about half of the schools on the list offering online education master's programs that cost under $15,000 a year. For instance, our top-rated school, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, has an annual tuition of $12,793. Other affordable options include Western Governors University ($6,790 per year), University of the Cumberlands ($5,970 per year), and Fort Hays State University ($9,777 per year).

Reviewers of University of Nebraska at Kearney commented on various aspects that made the program so valuable, including the quality of the learning material itself. According to one student, the classes have “the perfect amount of intensity and rigor.” Another student shared similar thoughts, saying the “coursework is rigorous, enlightening, and highly relevant to my teaching profession.” Click on the names of the schools featured below to read more reviews of our top online master's in education programs.

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Rank College 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 University of Nebraska at Kearney 2017 Student Score 93.88
#2 #2 Texas A & M University-Commerce 2017 Student Score 93.65
#3 #3 Regent University Online 2017 Student Score 92.87
#4 #4 University of Missouri 2017 Student Score 91.61
#5 #5 Concordia University - Texas 2017 Student Score 91.06
#6 #6 Lamar University 2017 Student Score 89.72
#7 #7 Liberty University 2017 Student Score 88.71
#8 #8 Ball State University 2017 Student Score 86.67
#9 #9 Concordia University - Portland 2017 Student Score 86.33
#10 #10 Nova Southeastern University 2017 Student Score 84.11
#11 #11 University of Central Florida 2017 Student Score 83.86
#12 #12 Western Governors University 2017 Student Score 83.70
#13 #13 Arizona State University 2017 Student Score 83.02
#14 #14 Wilkes University 2017 Student Score 82.68
#15 #15 Johns Hopkins University 2017 Student Score 82.58
#16 #16 Southern New Hampshire University Online 2017 Student Score 81.62
#17 #17 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign 2017 Student Score 81.58
#18 #18 University of Maryland University College 2017 Student Score 81.45
#19 #19 Fort Hays State University 2017 Student Score 81.17
#20 #20 Kent State University at Kent 2017 Student Score 80.61
#21 #21 Drexel University 2017 Student Score 79.64
#22 #22 University of the Cumberlands 2017 Student Score 78.57
#23 #23 University of Southern California 2017 Student Score 77.19
#24 #24 Kansas State University 2017 Student Score 76.89
#25 #25 National University 2017 Student Score 68.00
#26 #26 California University of Pennsylvania 2017 Student Score 67.90
#27 #27 Marygrove College 2017 Student Score 65.32

Methodology

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 2017 Top Online Programs List, at least five students from that particular major 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 your 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.