LOWELL -- UMass Lowell's online education programs rank among the top in the nation, according to new rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.
UMass Lowell's online graduate programs in Criminal Justice and Information Technology are ranked in the top 10 in the nation and No. 1 among those offered by all public institutions in New England.
The university's online Bachelor's degrees also got high marks, coming in at No. 2 in New England and in the top 25 in the nation among the more than 200 public and private programs ranked.
UMass Lowell's online programs, launched more than 20 years ago under the direction of now-Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, see more than 25,000 enrollments annually.
Of the eight categories ranked by U.S. News & World Report, UMass Lowell was included among the top online programs in the nation in seven.
Ranked No. 5 in the nation, UMass Lowell's Criminal Justice online programs include options in Cybersecurity, Homeland Defense and International Security.
The university ranks No. 10 in the nation in online Information Technology graduate programs, which include a range of options, from a Master of Science degree to graduate certificates in specializations within the field.
U.S. News & World Report also ranked UMass Lowell's online graduate degrees in Business, Education and Engineering.
Online graduate programs in education offered by UMass Lowell are the top-ranked in New England and in the top 20 in the nation.
They include degrees in Policy, Leadership, Administration, and Curriculum and Instruction, with options such as teaching individuals with autism and subjects such as Science, Technology, Reading and Language.
UMass Lowell's online graduate degrees in engineering are the highest-ranked of any public program in Massachusetts. Online graduate options include a Master's degree in Engineering Management and certificates in Plastics Engineering and Computer-Assisted Manufacturing.
In business, UMass Lowell's online MBA and programs in Accounting, Finance and New Venture Creation are among the top public programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.
In addition to the rankings by type of program, UMass Lowell also ranked highly in online options for veterans, including No. 20 in the nation for online bachelor's degrees.