Troy University’s online degree programs in psychology, business and criminal justice are among the nation’s best, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “2022 Best Online Programs” rankings that were released on Tuesday.
TROY’s online bachelor’s degree in Psychology was ranked 21st in the nation, while online master’s programs in Business and Criminal Justice were ranked high nationally for their service to veterans, reflecting the University’s long history of service to military-affiliated students.
The online master’s program in Criminal Justice ranked 31st overall and 16th in the “Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice for Veterans.” The master’s program in non-MBA Business programs ranked 34th best of such programs for veterans. TROY service to veterans was also recognized in the categories of “Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs for Veterans,” and “Online Master of Business Administration Programs for Veterans.”
Those programs were among several of the University’s online offerings that received recognition in the annual rankings that are based on indicators such as student services and technology, faculty credentials and student engagement. Only degree-granting programs that are offered primarily online by regionally accredited institutions were considered, and the programs that score the highest are those applying educational best practices specific for distance learners. This year’s rankings assessed 1,733 and ranked 1,651 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, the most in the rankings’ 10-year history.
“This recognition from U.S. News and World is a testament to the unwavering commitment Troy University has made to those who study with us at a distance,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. “As a pioneer in online education, TROY has continued to set high standards as we strive for academic excellence through our online programs, and we are very proud of our service to students, both here at home in Alabama and around the globe.”
TROY was also recognized among the nation’s best in the “Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs,” “Online Bachelor’s in Business,” “Online Master of Business Administration Programs,” “Online Master’s in Business Non-MBA,” “Online Master’s in Education,” and “Online Master’s in Nursing” categories.
U.S. News remains the only publication to comprehensively evaluate online degrees at the program level rather than the school level, which has been of even greater interest to those wishing to continue their education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The uncertainty caused by the pandemic may result in more people considering the merits of an online education,” said Liana Loewus, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “As students consider what’s right for them and their schedules, they can use the data provided by U.S. News to research their options and make informed decisions about their academic future.”