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Online programs ranked 3rd nationally

Lamar University’s online programs have been ranked third in the nation by Graduate Programs in its Top 50 Online Graduate Programs in the country based on ratings and reviews posted on by more than 15,000 enrollees in over 500 different online programs.

With expanding opportunities for higher education, more students than ever are earning their graduate degrees online. Potential graduate students can choose from traditional brick and mortar universities with online programs, or entirely online universities.

Students rate their respective programs using a 10-star system, with 1 being the worst and 10 the best. With 9.23 stars, Lamar University was ranked the third best online program in the nation, just behind John Hopkins University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Other Texas schools in the Top 50 were Texas A&M, 5th; Sam Houston State, 16th; Angleo State University, 18th; and Stephen F. Austin State University, 39th.

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often post comments regarding their experiences. One Class of 2015 student earning her graduate degree from Lamar University online wrote: “My career as an international teacher takes me around the world, so being able to get my graduate degree while traveling is a complete blessing.” Learn more about online degree programs at Lamar University at

Students in an online program can continue to review their programs at and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews are incorporated into future program rankings. reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.