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Three UTA online programs among nation’s best in U.S. News & World Report list

Wednesday, Feb 07, 2024 • Cristal Gonzalez : contact


Three University of Texas at Arlington online master’s programs are among the best 25 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report announced in its 2024 Best Online Programs rankings Feb. 7.

UTA earned high marks for its online graduate programs in the College of Education and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI), with special accolades for its programs aimed at military veterans. The rankings recognize UT Arlington’s success at delivering some of the nation’s best online master’s programs for both distance learners and military-connected families.

UTA’s top-ranked programs are:

  • The College of Education’s online master’s in education, which ranked No. 23 out of 303 institutions, a jump of 20 spots from the previous year.
  • The College of Education’s online master’s in education programs for veterans ranked No. 10, up six spots from a year ago.
  • CONHI’s online master’s in nursing programs ranked No. 83 out of 186 institutions.
  • CONHI’s online master’s in nursing programs for veterans ranked No. 19, up two spots from 2023.

Tracey Smith, who recently graduated from the online master’s program in the College of Education, said she would “enroll in the program all over again.”

“I had always heard wonderful things about the program from family and my colleagues in Arlington ISD,” Smith said. “As a full-time working adult, I always saw how my professors were so mindful of my full plate of responsibilities. The faculty also always went above and beyond to make the courses relevant, practical and flexible.”

It’s the sixth consecutive year the College of Education’s online master’s programs have been ranked in the top 60 and the first time its online M.Ed. program was among the top 25. The college offers seven master’s degree programs and two certifications fully online. Programs are offered in either accelerated or traditional timelines, depending on the program, giving students the flexibility they need to complete their studies. Students benefit from the support of quality faculty committed to their success.

“I’m proud to join a program that continues to earn recognition for our commitment to provide access that best serves our students,” said Tim Jacobbe, newly appointed dean of the College of Education. “The rankings highlight our faculty’s dedication to meeting the needs of our on-campus and online students and giving them the preparation to be outstanding educators and leaders.”

This year’s CONHI rankings recognize the school’s excellence at delivering a high-quality online education through a cutting-edge curriculum taught by master faculty. UTA nursing students finish their degree ready to make an impact, having been prepared by the largest producer of baccalaureate-educated nurses in Texas and one of the largest nationally.

"We are grateful to U.S. News & World Report for recognizing the College of Nursing and Health Innovation’s online programs,” Dean Elizabeth Merwin said. “Our faculty works to build upon a legacy of innovative nursing education, both on-campus and virtually. These accolades are a testament to CONHI’s incorporating students’ preferences while still providing a world-class education."

The University continues to excel in delivering educational value to military veterans and their families. UTA is the nation’s top public university for military service members and veterans, according to the 2023 Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges list.