College of Education #15 in U.S. News & World Report

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Mizzou Ed ranks higher than any other institution in Missouri and Special Education ranked #15

In the midst of a worldwide pandemic that has forced much of higher education to pivot to remote learning, online programs at the University of Missouri are being recognized among the best in the nation, according to the U. S. News & World Report 2021 Best Online Programs Rankings.

US News and World Report Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2021For the fourth consecutive year, Mizzou’s online master of education programs ranked higher than any other institution in Missouri, climbing 45 spots to No. 15. The Department of Special Education also ranked #15 in the nation.US NEws and World Report. Best online programs. Grad Education, Special Education, 2021

Mizzou’s online bachelor’s programs climbed 85 spots to No. 14 out of 337 public and private institutions.

“These rankings are a testament to the dedication of our faculty, staff, and students,” said Interim Dean Erica Lembke.  “As a College, we emphasize excellence and a dedication to our broad community, and it is wonderful to be recognized for our efforts. We look forward to continuing to serve students near and far through our programs.”

Online programs at Mizzou also ranked well in a category that U.S. News calls “Best for Veterans. MU’s online graduate education programs rank No. 5 for veterans and its online bachelor’s programs ranked No. 9 for veterans.

“It was an unprecedented year for higher education, but our dedicated team of professionals continued to provide our online students with the same high quality of education that has long been recognized among the best in the nation, this year we worked hard to enhance our digital platform and student experience while working to grow enrollment,” said Matthew Gunkel, chief of eLearning for UM System. “Our online programs are developed by the same faculty who teach on campus and provide participating students with a degree that truly means something.”

Additionally, MU’s online graduate business degrees — in a category that excludes MBA programs — also climbed in the rankings, rising 86 spots to No. 34 out of 164 institutions.

The new rankings are included in the 2021 edition of the Best Online Programs rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report and are based on data from 2020.

Increased access to quality online education is a strategic goal for the UM System, which now promotes more than 260 online offerings from its four universities through Missouri Online.

U.S. News ranked schools with online graduate programs in five general categories: engagement; expert opinion; faculty credentials and training; services and technologies; and student excellence.

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