U.S. News Ranks OU’s Online Programs Among Nation’s Best


U.S. News Ranks OU’s Online Programs Among Nation’s Best

When you’re choosing an online school to complete your degree, you want an institution you can trust. Year after year, the University of Oklahoma College of Professional and Continuing Studies has been recognized as a proven leader in online learning. This past year, a year where everyone went online, was no different.

“We’ve been creating courses specifically designed for online learning since 1998, and in a time where everyone seems to be moving to an online format, we’re honored to once again be recognized for our efforts.”

In its “2021 Best Online Programs” rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked multiple OU online programs among the best in the nation. The list, an analysis of U.S. higher education options for nontraditional learners, named OU No. 14 among best online bachelor’s programs for 2021.

Also earning high rankings were the OU PACS online graduate Criminal Justice program, coming in at No. 12 among the best online graduate criminal justice programs, and OU’s online graduate business (non-MBA) program, coming in at No. 62.

In addition, PACS ranked No. 10 for best online programs for veterans, and the Master of Science in Criminal Justice ranked No. 8 for best online graduate criminal justice programs for veterans.

PACS has been bringing the excellence of OU’s academic and credit-related programs to nontraditional students, including service members, veterans and their families since 1961. Because of these high-quality programs, PACS has become internationally recognized in higher education for meeting the needs of adult learners.

Consistently ranking among the best in U.S. News and World Report is a testament to the quality of PACS programs and its dedication to providing the best education possible for nontraditional learners, said Martha Banz, dean for PACS.

“Providing accessible programs designed to help distance learners succeed academically has been our goal for 60 years,” Banz said. “We’ve been creating courses specifically designed for online learning since 1998, and in a time where everyone seems to be moving to an online format, we’re honored to once again be recognized for our efforts.”

U.S. News and World Report, a publisher of news and information, evaluated more than 1,600 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs to create the rankings list. The assessment measured overall academic activity and across varying disciplines, such as business and criminal justice.

Learn more about online programs offered by the OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies by visiting pacs.ou.edu. To see a full list of programs that ranked in the 2021 U.S. News and World Report Best Online Programs list, visit https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education.

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.