MU Online Graduate Programs Among the Best in Nation

The University was ranked as one of the top institutions in the nation for its online graduate programs in the 2015 U.S. News & World Reports.

The online programs for Master of Science in Homeland Security, Master of Science in Education: Special Education, Autism, and Master of Science in Education: Principal/School Administrator/Supervisor were ranked “Best Online Programs.”

“It is wonderful to be recognized by U.S. News for our academic excellence,” said Petra Ludwig, the Director of Public Relations.

U.S. News evaluated a pool of 1,200 graduate programs. Each contender is a regionally accredited institution whose programs are offered largely or entirely online.

There is a methodology used to assist in the ranking of online programs. The highest percentage of 35 percent went towards student involvement, and how institutions did in keeping enrollment.

Then 20 percent of scores went to student services and technology, followed by 15 percent grading in the categories of faculties credentials and training, admissions selectivity, and peer reputation.

For the current academic year the total enrollment for the graduate criminal justice program at the University was 18th.

Online graduate students in homeland security have a curriculum based on the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS).

Through the University’s partnership with the CHDS, students have access to the Homeland Security Digital Library. The database includes over 75,000 documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management.

There are three full-time, and four part-time faculty members. The homeland security online program was ranked 31st in the report, tied with Lamar University located in Texas.

The School of Education’s online programs for Special Ed/Autism and Administrator/Supervisor ranked 112th, tying with nine other institutions from across the states.

“The School of Education has several online-only programs as online programs are crucial for graduate students,” said Doctor Wendy Harriot, Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

The Special Education and Autism Program teaches students how to teach and supervise students with autism.

The curriculum focuses on laws and policies, and learning how to create special education plans.

The programs for Administrator and Supervisors are designed to enhance the leadership qualities of students. Students are taught in-depth understanding of leadership theory, and learn more through field and internship experiences.

The total enrollment for this academic year was 17th. It ranked highest in its Faculty credentials and Training Scores.

“The online programs easily cater to the often busy lifestyle of a graduate student,” said Harriot.

Many graduate students are attempting to receive their degree while also working full time jobs.

“These programs were created to meet the needs of our students who are working professionals,” Harriot said.

“Our students have the ability to earn a graduate degree or endorsement in a new area to enhance their teaching skills in their current classroom or to allow them to move into a new area of specialty,” said Harriot.