Western Carolina University – Online Programs Recognized in US News and World Report Magazine Rankings

Western Carolina University is again among the top providers of online degree programs in US News & World Report’s 10th annual rankings, released Tuesday, January 25.

Out of nearly 400 bachelor’s programs and more than 1,700 master’s programs evaluated nationally, WCU was recognized as 67th in online bachelor’s degree programs; 123rd in e-commerce graduate programs; and 190th in online degree programs.

WCU’s distance and online programs are consistently ranked among the best and most accessible in the nation, designed to fit individual schedules and lifestyles. For working adults, earning an online degree can be the most convenient way to gain knowledge and credentials, while balancing work and family demands. Those enrolled in online programs are more likely to be working professionals in their 20s to 40s looking to advance or change careers.

More than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students are currently enrolled in WCU’s online degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

WCU offers online bachelor’s degree programs in birth and kindergarten education, criminal justice, emergency and disaster management, finance, management, emergency medical care , engineering technology, business administration and law, and innovation leadership and entrepreneurship, as well as a program for registered nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing .

Masters programs offered online by WCU are Sports Management, Construction Management, Innovation Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Health Sciences, Human Resources, Special Education, nurse educator, nursing leadership, project management, school administration, and elementary and middle school education.

US News & World Report determines rankings through assessments in four categories: student engagement; student services and technology; degrees and faculty training; and the reputation of peers.

Information about the university’s online programs can be found on the website distance.wcu.edu or by calling Educational Outreach Division at 828-227-7397.

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