U.S. News Ranks Best Online Programs for Veterans

Explore the best online bachelor's and graduate programs for veterans and service members.


Online programs were assessed for various factors, including affordability, faculty credentials, student services and reputation.

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Business (master's): Several schools also changed places in the online graduate business programs for veterans category, where five new schools made the top 10. Arizona State University's Carey School of Business landed in first place; the school wasn't ranked last year because it didn't report being a member of the SOC Consortium. Other highly ranked programs include University of Nebraska—Lincoln (No. 2) and Washington State University (No. 3), which placed No. 1 last year.

Engineering (master's):
 Among the online master's in engineering programs for veterans, Arizona State's Fulton Schools of Engineering took the top spot, followed by Texas Tech University's Whitacre College of Engineering (No. 2) and Washington State University (No. 3).  

Nursing (master's): St. Xavier University, which scored first in the 2014 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs rankings, also placed first among the online master's in nursing programs for veterans. Other distinguished programs include East Carolina University (No. 2) and Duquesne University (No. 3). 

Education (master's): Central Michigan University moved from second place to first place this year among the top online master's in education programs for veterans. Ball State University and University of Nebraska—Lincoln tied for the second spot. 

Computer information technology (master's): Syracuse University took the first spot among the online master's in computer information technology programs for veterans. Sam Houston State University came in at No. 2, followed by Southern Polytechnic State University at No. 3. 

The Best Online Programs for Veterans rankings feature several schools that also have highly ranked brick-and-mortar programs for veterans. For example, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which placed No. 2 in the online bachelor's program category, also holds the No. 1 spot in the Best Colleges for Veterans rankings among regional universities in the South, for its Daytona Beach, Florida, campus. 

Drexel University, which tied for 13th in the online bachelor's programs for veterans rankings, also tied for 12th best brick-and-mortar program for veterans among National Universities.

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