ASU Ranked Top 3 in the Country for 11 Online Programs

January 25, 2021 · 3 min read · By ASU Online

U.S. News & World Report has released their rankings for the 2021 Best Online Programs, and eleven Arizona State University online undergraduate and graduate degree programs have been ranked among the top three in the country.


Most notably, ASU’s online bachelor’s program in business was named best in the nation, tying with the University of Florida, while the bachelor’s degree in psychology ranked second. Overall, ASU Online bachelor’s degree programs were ranked among the top 10 in the country, out of more than 357 institutions nationwide.

Graduate Programs Among Top Offerings Nationally

In addition to top rankings in undergraduate program categories, ASU earned multiple spots on the list of 2021 Best Online Graduate Programs.

Education: The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College ranked top 15 nationally for overall Best Online Graduate Programs in Education. The University also ranked first in the country in three speciality categories in graduate education:

  • 1st — Curriculum and Instruction
  • 1st — Education Administration and Supervision
  • 1st — Educational/Instructional Media Design
  • 3rd — Special Education

Business: The W. P. Carey School of Business ranked third in the nation for its online graduate business (non-MBA) program and top 10 overall for its online MBA program. Additionally, ASU ranked among the top three nationally within four emphasis areas for the online MBA.

  • 1st — Marketing and General Management
  • 2nd — Finance and Business Analytics

Engineering: ASU’s online master’s degree in engineering, through the Ira. A Fulton Schools of Engineering, placed top 10 in the country. The program also received top 10 rankings for the following specialties:

  • 2nd — Electrical Engineering
  • 5th — Civil Engineering
  • 6th — Management

Criminal Justice: ASU’s master’s degree in criminal justice in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions was ranked seventh in the country.

A Top University for Veterans

For veterans pursuing online education, Arizona State University is among the best.

ASU was ranked fourth in the nation for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for veterans, as well as in the top 10 for graduate programs for veterans in Criminal Justice, Education, Engineering and Business MBA.

According to Leah Lommel, Associate Vice President of EdPlus and COO of ASU Online, “Our learners, their success and our ability to provide the services they need when they need based on their personal journey is our top priority. We are delighted to see this resonate in the rankings for our military and veteran learners.”

ASU’s commitment to delivering quality online degree programs to active and veteran service men and women is matched by a dedication to support students from their first day to graduation. For Kyle Ballard, a Navy veteran pursuing a degree online in political science, it was crucial to find a university like ASU that would accept his academic background and work with his changing schedule.

“The flexibility of ASU Online allows me to continue my work in the Navy and still find time to devote to my studies,” Ballard said.

He also acknowledged the support ASU offers servicemen and women through the Pat Tillman Veterans Center, noting it was a key reason he was able to take the next step on his journey.

“I didn’t think I’d be able to continue,” Ballard said, “but they gave me a bunch of resources for scholarships, how to best utilize my benefits, and answers to all my questions about deployment.”

He recommends all veterans hoping to become a student reach out to explore their options, as well as take advantage of other resources ASU offers online students.

U.S. News & World Report provides several groups of higher education rankings throughout the year, most recently rating ASU as the most innovative university in the country for the sixth year in a row.

Through ASU Online, we are committed to ensuring that anyone who is motivated to pursue their degree has the opportunity to do so and ASU continues to prove that we can expand access to higher education through our online program offerings. We are pleased that ASU continues to be recognized for its academic excellence within our undergraduate and graduate online degree programs.

Phil Regier

University Dean for Educational Initiatives and CEO of EdPlus at ASU


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