Online Masters Colleges’s rankings help potential students make an informed decision as they pursue their higher education degrees. Its rankings determine which colleges, universities, and programs are the best based on these factors:

  • Availability: the popularity and availability of the program across numerous master’s colleges.
  • Affordability: the average cost of the master’s program.
  • Delivery: the option to learn online, on campus, or via a hybrid that blends both.
  • Curriculum: the choice of courses, electives, and concentrations and the flexibility to take synchronous or asynchronous classes.
  • Duration: the time it takes to complete the master’s program.
  • Statistics: the acceptance, retention, and graduation rates.
  • Employability: the availability of jobs after graduation and good job prospects.
  • Return on Investment: the possibility of earning back the money students have spent on their master’s degree.

What Factors Are Our Rankings Based On?

OMC’s rankings analyze the data directly from universities, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). OMC also uses a 20-component chart to rank institutions further. Here are the basic criteria on how universities and programs are ranked:

1Affordable Tuition
The cost per credit and other fees that add to the overall cost of a program.
2Program Flexibility
The flexibility students have to tailor their studies to suit their interests and objectives.
3Shorter Durations
The time it takes to complete a program, whether it is full-time or part-time.
4Expert Instructors
The quality, qualifications, and experience of teaching staff.
5Multiple Intakes in a Year
The availability of more than the typical spring and fall entry points into a program.
6No GRE or GMAT Requirements
The option for students to seek admission without taking the GRE or GMAT.
7Excellent Student Support Services
The availability of student services that make life on and off campus easy.
8College and/or Program Accreditation
The accreditation status of the college and availability of programmatic accreditation.
9Availability of Accelerated Programs
The option for students to choose fast-track and accelerated programs to graduate sooner.
10Online, On-Campus, and Hybrid Programs
The availability of different program delivery modes, offering affordability, and convenience.
11Synchronous & Asynchronous Learning
The option to take classes synchronously in a cohort or asynchronously at a the pace of the student.
12Availability of Financial Aid
The availability and easy access to financial assistance and various types of aid.
13Respectable A-R-G Rates
The Acceptance, Retention, and Graduation rates of the institution.
14Excellent Infrastructure
The availability of all tangible infrastructure, including labs, libraries, research centers, etc.
15Variable Curriculum & Coursework
The flexibility to choose courses and electives, and even double major.
16Specialization Options
The option to specialize within a subject or program and study niche areas.
17Selection of Programs
The choice of programs available across various disciplines for students to consider.
18Reputation (College & Programs)
The reputation and standing of the institution and recognition of its academic offerings.
19Excellent Student-Teacher Ratio
The low student-faculty ratio allowing for more individualized studying and teaching.
20Availability of Extra & Co-curricular Activity
The availability of extra and co-curricular activities for a more rounded education.

How We Rank Degree Programs

OMC looks at the degree program and considers how the school of the program ranks. There are the main criteria OMC analyzes and ranks an online master’s program:

  • Breadth and Depth of the Program
  • Total Cost of the Program
  • Timeline and Duration
  • Graduation Rate
  • Easy Availability of Scholarships & Financial Aid
  • Choice of Core, Elective, and Concentration Courses
  • Program Prerequisites and Requirements
  • Difficulty Levels
  • Assignments, Capstone, Thesis Requirements
  • Synchronous & Asynchronous Options
  • Industry Recognition and Reputation
  • Student-Faculty Ratio
  • Access and Need for Research, Laboratory Work, and Internships
  • Programmatic Accreditation
  • Other criteria considered (if available): Student Diversity, Alumnus, Awards & Recognitions, and Research Citations.