MICHIGAN — Nearly two years into the coronavirus pandemic, current and prospective college students in Michigan are still turning to online schools and programs to get their degrees in the safety of their homes.
To help students decide on their post-secondary education plans, U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its annual list recognizing select schools and degree programs in Michigan that were specifically designed to be earned online.
A total of 20 colleges and universities from Michigan earned a spot on the 2022 list of Best Online Programs, released Tuesday by U.S. News.
Overall, the rankings evaluated more than 1,700 online bachelor's and master's degree programs.
"The uncertainty caused by the pandemic may result in more people considering the merits of an online education," Liana Loewus, managing editor of education at U.S. News, said in a news release. “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."
This year’s rankings did not take into account schools or programs that have temporarily moved online due to the pandemic, according to a release by U.S. News. The list also doesn’t include blended learning programs that combine courses in brick-and-mortar classrooms with online education.
To determine which schools and programs made this year’s list, U.S. News looked at overall academic quality across a variety of disciplines. In addition to online bachelor's degrees, U.S. News ranked master's programs in business, education, nursing, engineering, computer information technology and criminal justice. Online MBA programs were split from other business degrees and ranked separately.
The methodologies to determine the best programs varied according to specialty. Learn more about the methodologies used at USNews.com.
Here’s a look at how some Michigan schools fared on this year’s list:
Siena Heights University, Adrian
Ranked 35 in Bachelor's program
Michigan State University, East Lansing
Ranked 12 in business program
Wayne State University, Detroit
Ranked 37 in criminal justice
Western Michigan, Kalamazoo
Ranked 47 in education
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor
Ranked 7 in engineering
Ferris State University, Big Rapids
Ranked 19 in information technology
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant
Ranked 89 in Master of Business Administration
University of Michigan-Flint, Flint
Ranked 63 in nursing
Florida-based Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University remained at No. 1 this year among Best Online Bachelor's Programs. There was a three-way tie between Indiana University-Bloomington, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Southern California for the top MBA program.
Meanwhile, Columbia University had the top-ranked computer information technology and engineering master’s programs. Tied at No. 1 for Best Online Master's in Nursing programs were Ohio State University,
the University of Pittsburgh and the University of South Carolina.
Finally, the No. 1 master’s program in education is at Clemson University in South Carolina.
See the full 2022 list of Best Online Programs here.