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Ohio State’s online nursing master’s program ranked No. 3 in nation

Online undergrad programs again ranked among top 5

The Ohio State University has again been recognized as among the best in the nation for online education. 

U.S. News & World Report ranked Ohio State’s online Master of Science in Nursing No. 3 overall and No. 2 among public institutions for 2021. Two of the program’s specialties are also ranked among the top four nationally, with the Nursing Practitioner – Psychiatric Mental Health, Across the Lifespan specialty ranked No. 3.

At the undergraduate level, Ohio State’s online bachelor’s programs are again ranked among the top five nationally.

Ohio State’s online undergraduate programs – the College of Nursing’s RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, the College of Medicine’s Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and AS to Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences degrees, and the College of Dentistry’s Bachelor of Science, Dental Hygiene program – are ranked No. 4 in the nation.

“Our sustained top rankings confirm what we already know: that our college makes a terrific impact in preparing evidence-based clinicians who live well and leaders who dream, discover and deliver a healthier world for us all,” said Bernadette Melnyk, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing.

Since 2015, both Ohio State Online’s undergraduate programs and nursing master’s program have been ranked in U.S. News’ top 10 Best Online Programs.

“Ohio State faculty and staff have worked hard to provide opportunities and access to a meaningful and affordable college education that’s supporting the workforce needs in Ohio and beyond,” said Associate Vice President for Distance Education Robert Griffiths. “We are honored our efforts have been recognized by our peers and in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.”

Ohio State’s online graduate education programs – The College of Arts and Sciences’ Master of Arts in Art Education and the College of Education and Human Ecology’s Master of Learning Technologies)– were recognized by U.S. News & World Reportwith Ohio State's online education master's programs ranking No. 9 in the country in the Educational and Instructional Media Design specialty.

The College of Engineering’s Master of Science in Welding Engineering and Master of Global Engineering Leadership were also ranked, with new scores this year in three specialty areas: Civil, Electrical, and Industrial.

Ohio State Online’s degree and certificate programs are taught by the same faculty who teach on campus, and courses have a small student-to-instructor ratio. Each faculty member works with an instructional designer – an expert in taking the best parts of an instructor’s on-campus teaching and reshaping it for a technology-rich modality. 

“Our 40+ online programs enable students to get their degree with more flexibility and access, while maintaining Ohio State’s core mission of academic excellence,” said Diane Dagefoerde, interim vice president and chief information officer.

With a focus on quality instruction and affordability, U.S. News & World Report ranks the top online programs at regionally accredited institutions across the country. Rankings indicators include engagement, services and technologies, faculty credentials and training, and expert opinion. 

The full list of 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Program Rankings is available here.

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