Three Indiana University of Pennsylvania online graduate programs have been selected by U.S. News & World Report for its “Best Online Programs” rankings for 2021.

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Programs selected for the rankings are the master's program in criminal justice, ranked in the top 40 programs in the nation; the master's in mathematics education programs, ranked in the top third of all programs in the nation; and the master's in nursing program, included in a listing of the top 200 programs in the nation.

Editors assessed a total of 1,641 online degree programs.

Selection for the rankings is based on factors including admissions selectivity, faculty credentials, student engagement, and academic and career support services offered to students.

IUP is consistently ranked as one of the nation's top doctoral universities by U.S. News & World Report. It has been included in the Princeton Review's Best Colleges guidebook for 18 years and has been included in Washington Monthly magazine's national rankings of schools based on their contributions to society. IUP also has been selected for national rankings that recognize value in online programs., a nationally recognized provider of college planning resources, named IUP to its “10 Most Affordable Accredited Online Colleges” ranking for 2020; IUP was ranked eighth in Pennsylvania by Best Value Schools in its 2019 “Best Value Online Schools in Pennsylvania;” and was ranked in the top 20 “Best Online Colleges and Universities” for 2019–20 in the nation by, a nationally recognized publisher of college resources and rankings.

IUP offers more than 140 undergraduate majors and more than 60 graduate programs, including 14 doctoral programs. In addition, students can complete more than 65 minors and scores of specialized tracks and certificate programs, including certificates in athletic coaching, gerontology, photography and digital imaging, popular music, and public history.