HAYS, Kan. – Degree programs offered by Fort Hays State University through its FHSU Virtual College received seven top-10 national recognitions along with several other rankings in May for being among the best and most affordable programs offered by U.S. colleges and universities.
OnlineMasters.com gave the Virtual College 14 national rankings in 2019 for various degree programs. The Virtual College was just one of a few schools that earned multiple “best” rankings for 2019 awards.
OnlineMasters bases its rankings on academic quality (graduation rate, retention rate, enrollment rate and number of graduates); the number of online programs offered; faculty credentials; graduation reputation (polling and surveying current students and alumni); quality of instructor accessibility and responsiveness; student services and technology; and affordability.
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“Because we believe education is the first step to achieving big dreams, we’ve created proprietary research and data-analysis methods to find the premier online masters programs,” according to Online Master’s website.
No. 1, Best Online Masters in Web Development Programs
OnlineMasters.com gave FHSU’s online Web development program the best value award for affordability, course selection and flexibility for distance learners.
“FHSU’s program is fully accredited and uses the latest in Web development technologies to deliver exceptional online education to students looking to enter the field of application development, Web design and database development,” says OnlineMasters.com.
To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2t6VSU2.
No. 4, The Best Online MBA in Healthcare Management Programs
Healthcare management has been one of the most popular specializations for MBA students in the last several years. “This is a thriving field and positions are expected to grow by 17 percent within the next six years,” says OnlineMasters.com.
“If you are devoted to healthcare and want to advance your career into management, an MBA may be a perfect fit.”
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No. 5, The Best Online Master’s in Art and Art History Programs
Within this ranking, FHSU’s online master’s in art and art history received the best individualized education award from OnlineMasters.com.
“FHSU believes in working closely with students to give them the most support and the best experience possible in the master’s in art and art history program,” says OnlineMasters.com. “Students collaborate with advising faculty not only to modify their degree but also to get insight and help on research projects and more.”
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No. 6, The Best Online MBA in Finance Degree Programs
In addition to the No. 6 overall ranking in this category, FHSU’s online Master of Business Administration in finance earned the most value award for its affordability, flexibility and small class size.
“The Master of Business Administration program at FHSU offers a competitive, flexible core curriculum that supports the most important pillars and best practices of business,” according the FHSU’s website. “Our best practice is working on transforming you into the business leader you aspire to become.”
To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2KzY0xs.
No. 6, The Best Online Master’s in Digital Marketing Programs
Rated “best for transfer students” for its credit transfer program, OnlineMasters ranked this program No. 6 overall.
“Qualified students can transfer up to nine credit hours into this 34-credit digital marketing program, helping them to focus more on the necessary courses for early graduation,” says OnlineMasters.com.
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No. 8, The Best Online MBA in Information Systems Management Programs
OnlineMasters.com gave FHSU’s online MBA in information systems management programs the “most unique” award for addressing topics rarely covered, such as the law of cyberspace.
“FHSU students receive a comprehensive overview of information systems design and development, increasing their knowledge to advance their careers in the field,” says OnlineMasters.
To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2R1Vils.
No. 11, The Best Online Master’s in Higher Education Programs
The “best experiential learning” award was received by FHSU’s online MBA in higher education programs.
“Students discover learning experiences through real-world application and use those skills to succeed as administrators, recruiters, directors and more in their careers,” says OnlineMasters.
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No. 13, The Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs
Students in FHSU’s online MBA in criminal justice programs benefit from a flexible online format that allows them to earn their masters’ in criminal justice degrees while meeting their career and family obligations. In addition to the overall ranking, FHSU criminal justice programs were given the “most flexible” award.
“We challenge students to learn the theory behind criminal justice practices that must adapt to rapidly accelerating change – at the local, state, national and global level,” says FHSU’s website. “The Department of Criminal Justice at FHSU will prepare you for a rewarding career in law enforcement, corrections or the legal system.”
To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2I6rYas.
No. 14, The Best Online Master’s in Sports Management Programs
“Students who graduate from the master’s in sports management degree program at FHSU advance their careers and become leaders as corporate partnership managers for sports organizations,” according to OnlineMasters.
OnlineMasters gave these programs the “best for corporate partnerships managers” award because students will learn critical skills to oversee relations and develop agreements with corporate partners.
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No. 15, The Best Online MBA in Human Resources Programs
The “best in management training” award was given to FHSU’s MBA in human resources management program for its numerous courses in management theory and practice, giving students all the required skills to succeed as managers.
“Students who want to excel in human resources management should consider FHSU’s MBA in HR management program,” says OnlineMasters.
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No. 20, The Best Online Master’s in Online Teaching Programs
“Fort Hays State University’s faculty delivers a quality education to its distance learners and caters to their personal development needs,” says OnlineMasters.
Earning the “best faculty” award from OnlineMasters, the site says, “many of the faculty members are Google for Education Certified Trainers and assist their students on the path to a brighter career in online teaching.”
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No. 22, Most Affordable Online Master’s Programs
“With more than 20 combined online and hybrid graduate degree programs available, FHSU provides a quality education at affordable tuition rates for distance learners,” says OnlineMasters.
“From an MBA in international business to a master’s in school psychology, graduate students receive low costs per credit to further their education for career advancement.”
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No. 24, The Best Online MBA in International Business Programs
Students in FHSU’s online MBA in international business programs not only benefit from a focused curriculum, but they also benefit from exceptional career services, according to OnlineMasters. FHSU’s programs also won the ranking’s “best career support” award.
“Whether it’s receiving resume assistance, interview practice or help finding information on employers, the faculty members assist students every step of the way on the road to career advancement.”
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No. 24, The Best Online Master’s in Education Programs
FHSU’s online Master’s in Education Programs received this top ranking based on affordability.
“Students who want to save costs but still want to earn a highly respected master’s degree in education should consider FHSU,” says OnlineMasters.
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No. 6, 35 Best Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice
OnlineSchoolsReport.com bases its rankings on program quality, earnings potential, student satisfaction, online presence, affordability, acceptance and retention.
“Our criminal justice program is multidisciplinary; faculty merge knowledge and experience from sociology, political science, psychology and law with experiential learning in the field,” says FHSU’s website.
“Graduates from our program stand out in the fields of criminal justice research, law enforcement, courts, corrections and private enterprise.”
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No. 13, The Best Online Bachelor’s in General Studies Programs
BestColleges.com ranked FHSU’s online bachelor’s in general studies programs for their flexible scheduling and customizable curriculum.
“The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at FHSU offers a Bachelor of General Students through a diverse, supportive liberal arts program,” says FHSU’s website. “It is a degree-completion option for students who have well-defined career objectives and do not require a course-specific or career-specific degree.”
To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2IgrNbR.
No. 16, 20 Best Online Colleges for Adults Going back to School in 2019-2020
OnlineColleges.com bases its rankings on accreditation, affordability, online growth, accessibility, online resources, multiple campuses and student satisfaction.
“An institution dedicated to innovation,” FHSU has developed its Virtual College to support dozens of degree programs and over 100 specializations,” says OnlineColleges.
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Leader of Online Education
TheBestSchools.org recognized FHSU’s Virtual College as a Leader of Online Education in the areas of business and management, computers and technology, education and teaching and liberal arts and humanities for having several ranking online programs.
Criteria include academic excellence, strength of faculty scholarship, reputation, available financial aid, the range of degree programs available, and the strength of online instruction methodology.
To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2XaBJd2.
About the FHSU Virtual College
Education at distance from Fort Hays State began in 1911 when faculty voted to offer courses free by mail so that one-room school teachers across western Kansas could afford to gain the continuing education required to teach. The distance education department created then evolved continuously with changing technology and culture until, in 1997, the Department of Continuing Education and Instructional Technology became the FHSU Virtual College.