As virtual learning continues to grow in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, advancements in technology and course design, U.S. News & World Report has issued its annual rankings of the Best Online Programs for 2022, and five of Stony Brook University’s graduate programs made the list.
Making the top 10, the Online Master’s in Nursing ranked at No. 8. The Online Master’s in Nursing Administration ranked No. 13, which marks the first time that this specialization has appeared in the ranking of online programs. U.S. News evaluated several factors to rank the best online nursing degree programs, including faculty credentials, graduation rates and student services and technologies.
“Students taking courses in our online master’s format often work full-time, and going to school in this way benefits them not having to travel to classes every day, especially during this pandemic,” said Annette Wysocki, dean of the School of Nursing. “Furthermore, this platform is not static, as our content and presentations include visuals, graphics and even simulated clinical experiences to enhance the quality of education.”
Stony Brook also ranked No. 13 in Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs. These programs are for educators to continue learning in areas including school law, curriculum design, leadership styles and group dynamics.
The Online Master’s in Human Resources program ranked at No. 82 and the Online Master’s in Education ranked at No. 80. These programs have strong academic foundations based on the excellence of entering students, graduation rates and instructor credentials. They also excel at educating distance learners while offering strong career support.
This year’s edition of the rankings includes more than 1,700 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for those looking to complete or further their education.
U.S. News uses data gathered directly from each institution to compile the rankings. The methodologies are based on factors such as student engagement, faculty credentials, and student services and technology. Only degree-granting programs that are offered primarily online by regionally accredited institutions are included.