Three programs at the university improved their rankings from 2022.
U.S. News & World Report today (Jan. 24) released its 2023 Best Online Programs rankings, and for the second straight year, three programs at Texas Tech University made significant increases in their standing from the previous year, continuing the spread of Texas Tech's eLearning & Academic Partnerships division in the growing online education initiative.
The three programs that saw a rise in their rankings are:
- Online bachelor's programs
- Online master's education programs
- Online master's in business administration (MBA) programs
Texas Tech's biggest rankings leaps came in the online bachelor's programs, where the university jumped to No. 129, up 31 spots from 2022, and in online master's education programs, where Texas Tech improved 20 spots from 2022 to No. 142. Also, Texas Tech ranks as the No. 33 school in the U.S. for online MBA programs.
As part of the online MBA rankings, Texas Tech also was ranked No. 20 in the nation, up eight spots from 2022, in best online MBA for veterans, continuing the university's dedication to providing a quality education for those who have served in the armed forces.
“Our rankings are a reflection of the willingness and need of students to think about education differently,” said Ronald Hendrick, provost and senior vice president. “If we have learned anything over the past few years it's that not all education takes place in what – at one point – might have been called traditional classroom settings. Those college students, who are place-bound or duty-bound by family, financial or other circumstances, are finding our programs. That's good for Texas Tech and good for the state.”
Texas Tech also was ranked in the top 30 for its online master's computer information technology program (No. 18) and non-MBA master's of business online program (No. 27). Texas Tech ranked as the top Big 12 Conference school in both those online master's programs.
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“The increase in rankings for our online programs is representative of our recent focus to improve how we engage more effectively with our students in virtual settings, providing at the same time the kinds of support outside the classroom that they need to be successful. We plan to build on this going forward and expand the bevy of options for students in all stages of their educational career,” said Brian Still, vice provost for eLearning & Academic Partnerships.
Texas Tech Online offers more than 80 fully online degrees, certifications and certification preparation programs. Students have access to on-site instructors, technology and tools via seven regional teaching sites across the state: Austin College, El Paso, Fredericksburg, Highland Lakes, Hill College, Junction, and Waco.