Top online courses offered by US universities

Published On: 16 Jan 2013

 | Last Updated On: 17 Jan 2013

It is an undeniable fact that students who pursue their higher education have a chance at a better quality of life than those who do not. It is estimated that college graduates earn 84 times more than what a high school graduate will in their lifetime. In the last decade, the number of schools in the US that offered online courses has nearly doubled with 64.2 percent of the colleges offering online courses.

As per the latest trends, students who are studying their undergraduate courses online are increasingly gravitating towards fields like business administration and management, accounting, IT, finance and nursing.

In the virtual undergraduate program rankings by the U.S. News – Pace, the online university, was awarded with the distinction of having the best online undergraduate program, while Daytona State College in Florida and St. Johns University came in second and third place on the list. Given below are some of the best online courses in the US -

Engineering programs are extremely competitive in the US. Some of the best online engineering programs that a prospective student can sign up for are from the Viterbi School of Engineering, Pennsylvania State University – World Campus, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science from Columbia University, Purdue University – West Lafayette and the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

Business and management courses are the most sought-after courses in the world. These days many countries are in dire need of sharp, experienced and intelligent management professionals. The best online management courses are offered by Arizona State University's Carey’s School of Business, Indiana University – Bloomigton’s Kelley’s School of Business, Hough Graduate School of Business from Florida University and Fullerton's Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University.

Computer Information Technology (master’s degrees) graduates are some of the highest paid working professionals in the world. Organizations all over the world are either establishing themselves online or have a need for advanced technology. The online IT courses that are known for producing good graduates are the University of Southern California’s online CIT program, Sam Houston University in Texas, Virginia Tech University, The University of Bridgeport and the Pennsylvania State University – World Campus.

Education (masters degrees) is one of the most respected professions that a candidate or student can opt for. In the US, St. Johns University is ranked at the first spot for its online education program. Coming in at second place is Auburn University in Alabama, followed by South Dakota State University, Northern Illinois University and the University of South Carolina.

Nursing (master’s degree) is a relatively quieter field in medicine, than the traditionally competitive areas. However, the greatest need in most hospitals is a competent nursing staff. U.S. News rankings place Lamar University’s online nursing program in first place, followed by the University of Michigan- Flint in second and third place. Clarkson College in Nebraska clocked in at the fourth place and finally Graceland University in Missouri came in at the fifth place.

Online programs are rapidly picking pace across the world. Some of the online courses in the US are one of the most sought after courses globally. Online education is all set to change the face of education in the next 5 years down the line.

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