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UMass Lowell Online Programs Get High Marks in National Ranking

U.S. News & World Report Says UML’s Offerings Among Best in Nation

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LOWELL, Mass. – UMass Lowell’s online education programs are again ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, which assessed more than 1,000 programs nationwide.
UMass Lowell’s online graduate program in criminal justice is No. 4 in the nation and No. 2 among all public colleges and universities, and  offers the lowest price among New England-based programs appearing in the new ranking. UMass Lowell’s online graduate program in information technology is No. 16 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. 23 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. 35. Among the top 50 in the nation, UMass Lowell's program is the most affordable. The university’s online graduate programs in accounting, business analytics and finance are No. 29 in the nation and are the highest-ranked public programs in Massachusetts.
UMass Lowell’s online graduate program in engineering management is the highest-ranked among public institutions in New England with the lowest tuition cost and is No. 50 in the nation.
The university’s online bachelor’s degree programs – which include subjects from business and English to liberal arts, information technology and criminal justice – are ranked No. 31 in the nation overall and second-highest among New England public institutions. 

“These rankings reflect our high-quality educational offerings and underscore the strong return on investment students in our online programs receive,” 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 31,000 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.
“We realize students have choices as to where they pursue a professional education. U.S. News & World Report’s high ranking of our online programs affirms UMass Lowell’s long history of quality and affordability among online program providers. We are proud of the programs and opportunities that we can offer our students,” said Steven Tello, UMass Lowell’s vice provost for graduate, online and professional studies.
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.
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UMass Lowell is a national research university offering 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 and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be leaders in their communities and around the globe.