Three Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate programs have been selected by U.S. News & World Report for its 2024 Best Online Programs ranking.

The IUP bell towerIUP’s online master’s in criminal justice program, online master’s in education, and online master’s in nursing program were all selected for the listing. A total of 1,752 programs were considered for the ranking.

Editors evaluated programs on strong traditional academic foundations based on student-instructor access, graduation rates, and instructor credentials. The programs were also evaluated on how well they excel at educating distance learners while offering robust career and financial support. Engagement, expert opinion, faculty credentials and training, services and technology, and student excellence were also considered when making decisions about which programs are included in the ranking.

The U.S. News & World Report uses data from Academic Insights, a market intelligence tool that collects published and unpublished data from universities. Data includes the number of faculty with PhD or terminal degrees, graduation rate, alumni giving, and student-to-faculty ratio, among other factors.

In fall 2023, IUP was selected for U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Colleges Ranking and the Wall Street Journal and College Pulse’s America’s Best Colleges 2024. IUP is also included in the Princeton Review’s 2024 Best Colleges guidebook, College Magazine’s top 10 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania; Washington Monthlys national ranking of universities based on contributions to society; Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Top Colleges; as the number two most affordable college in Pennsylvania by Academic Influence; and in a number of rankings for excellence and affordability of online programs.

IUP offers more than 150 academic degree programs, including more than 50 graduate programs. In addition, students can complete more than 65 minors—including a unique teamwork minor—and scores of specialized tracks and certificate programs, including certificates in athletic coaching, preschool education, geospatial intelligence, photography and digital imaging, popular music, and public history.

IUP has a longstanding commitment to research on all levels and in all disciplines. In 2021, IUP was selected as one of only two public universities in Pennsylvania and one of only 93 public universities in the United States selected for the High Research Activity designation by the American Council on Education.