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UMass Lowell Online Programs Among Best In U.S.

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LOWELL, Mass. – UMass Lowell’s online education programs are among the best in the nation, according to new rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report, which assessed more than 1,600 programs nationwide.
UMass Lowell’s online graduate program in criminal justice is No. 3 in the nation and the top-ranked among all colleges and universities in New England, according to the new ranking. UMass Lowell’s online graduate program in information technology is No. 13 in the nation and is the highest ranked among all public institutions in New England.
UMass Lowell’s online graduate programs in education are ranked No. 15 nationally and highest among New England colleges and universities. UMass Lowell offers multiple options in the field, including education administration, curriculum and instruction, leadership in schooling, and reading and language.
Online graduate programs in business, including the MBA, offered by UMass Lowell are also among the highest-ranking in the nation and the region. Nationally, UMass Lowell’s online MBA is No. 22 and it is the top-ranked in New England. Among the top 22 in the nation, UMass Lowell's program is the most affordable. The university’s online graduate programs in accountingbusiness analytics and finance are No. 26 in the nation and are the highest-ranked programs in Massachusetts.
UMass Lowell’s online graduate program in engineering is the highest-ranked among public institutions in New England and is No. 58 in the nation.
The university’s online bachelor’s degree programs – which include subjects from business and English to engineering, health sciences and criminal justice – are ranked No. 29 in the nation overall and second-highest among New England public institutions. In addition, UMass Lowell works directly with businesses to advance employees’ skills through programs targeted to their needs.
“These new rankings are another example of the high quality and return on investment students in our online programs receive, just as their on-campus counterparts do,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, who founded the university’s online program more than 20 years ago and is an internationally recognized leader in the field.
All of UMass Lowell’s online programs – which see more than 30,000 enrollments annually – are accredited and offered through the same high-quality academic departments as on-campus degree programs. Online students are connected to a brick-and-mortar institution, one of the top 100 public universities in the nation, and have access to a broad range of support in-person and online designed to meet their unique needs.
“UMass Lowell’s longstanding strength in online education is further illustrated by these new rankings. We are proud of the quality and affordability that we can offer our students because of our multifaceted approach to delivering online learning,” said Steven Tello, UMass Lowell’s vice provost for graduate and professional studies, who oversees online programs.
UMass Lowell is nationally and internationally recognized for quality in programs, teaching and more by organizations including the Online Learning Consortium and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.
For more about UMass Lowell’s graduate, online and professional studies programs, visit
UMass Lowell is a national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its more than 18,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be leaders in their communities and around the globe.
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