(AL.com) — Auburn University, UAB and the University of Alabama all had programs in the top 25 nationally in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings, released Tuesday.
Online degree programs, also known as e-learning or distance learning programs, are defined by U.S. News as those where all required coursework for program completion can be completed through internet-based learning technologies and where all instruction is delivered to students who are separated from the instructor.
Auburn University had the most top-ranked online programs of Alabama colleges and universities included in the rankings.
At Auburn, the Harbert College of Business online MBA program was tied with three other out-of-state schools for the No. 9 spot, and in the graduate business non-MBA category the program was ranked at No. 13.
Auburn's online graduate engineering program was ranked No. 12, tied with LSU. Auburn's online information technology graduate program was ranked at No. 20, whiles their online graduate education program landed at No. 22, in a tie with others.
UAB took the No. 12 spot, in a tie with others, for the best online bachelor's degree program in the country, leaping from the No. 77 spot last year.
UAB’s online information technology graduate program landed in the No. 18 spot. Their online graduate nursing program ranked No. 23, tied with others.
The University of Alabama's Manderson Graduate School of Business took the No. 10 spot in the best online graduate business degree, non-MBA category. Alabama's online graduate nursing program was ranked No. 12.
U.S. News gathers data directly from each institution and is the only publication to evaluate online degrees at the program level rather than the school level.