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2017 Top Bachelor's Programs

(by degrees conferred 2016-2017)1

Rank Program Area Counts
#1 Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 8,972
#2 Education 8,447
#3 Visual and Performing Arts 7,931
#4 Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences 5,604
#5 Social Sciences 5,139
#6 Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3,544
#7 Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3,404
#8 Physical Sciences 3,036
#9 Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2,980
#10 Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 2,801
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1. Conferral data was derived from IPEDS and the classification of instructional program (CIPCODE) for degree granting institutions.
1. Program offerings were derived from completions data that were granted between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

2017 Top Master's Programs

(by degrees conferred 2016-2017)1

Rank Program Area Counts
#1 Education 8,074
#2 Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences 4,858
#3 Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 4,233
#4 Engineering 2,119
#5 Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2,113
#6 Visual and Performing Arts 2,034
#7 Psychology 1,470
#8 Social Sciences 1,418
#9 Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1,096
#10 Physical Sciences 1,076
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1. Conferral data was derived from IPEDS and the classification of instructional program (CIPCODE) for degree granting institutions.
1. Program offerings were derived from completions data that were granted between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

2017 Top Doctoral Programs

(by degrees conferred 2016-2017)1

Rank Program Area Counts
#1 Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences 2,223
#2 Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1,785
#3 Education 1,443
#4 Engineering 1,310
#5 Physical Sciences 778
#6 Psychology 776
#7 Social Sciences 651
#8 Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 454
#9 Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 437
#10 Visual and Performing Arts 392
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1. Conferral data was derived from IPEDS and the classification of instructional program (CIPCODE) for degree granting institutions.

2017 Top Online Enrollments

(by distance education enrollment, undergraduate and graduate, fall 2017) 

Institution State Enrollment
Western Governors University UT 98,627
Southern Hampshire University NH 84,550
Liberty University VA 67,312
University of Maryland-University College MD 53,080
Brigham Young University-Idaho ID 42,057
University of Central Florida FL 38,073
Ivy Tech Community College IN 36,640
Florida International University FL 34,281
Excelsior College NY 34,022
University of Florida FL 30,795
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1. Program offerings were derived from completions data that were granted between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

Why Regional Accreditation Matters in your Degree Search

In the United States, accreditation is the primary process for assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions. Accreditation of nearly 3,000 colleges and universities is carried out through a process known as ‘regional accreditation’: seven commissions operate in six geographic regions of the country through nongovernmental, non-profit voluntary associations. Accreditation is a self-regulatory, peer review process based on rigorous standards. Colleges and universities are judged based on self-evaluations analyzing how well they meet these standards, in light of their mission. Following a review by a team of peers, accrediting commissions determine the accreditation status of the institution and use a variety of means to ensure follow-up as appropriate and further evaluation in the case of substantive change on the part of the institution.

What is Accreditation?

Regional accreditation oversees the quality of research universities; community colleges; liberal arts colleges; state colleges; religiously affiliated institutions; special-purpose institutions in the arts, sciences, and professional fields; military academies; historically black and Hispanic-serving institutions; and tribal colleges. Regionally accredited institutions are public and private, for-profit and not-for-profit, secular and religious, urban and rural, large and small, old and new, traditional and non-traditional. The quality of these colleges and universities – and the talent they have contributed to develop regional accreditation over the decades – means that regional accreditation is highly regarded around the world. In the United States, each of the regional commissions is recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

In the United States, accreditation is a major way that students, families, government officials, and the press know that an institution or program provides a quality education.

Whether a college, university, or program is accredited is important for

  • Students who want federal (and sometimes state) grants and loans need to attend a college, university, or program that is accredited.
  • Employers ask if a college, university, or program is accredited before deciding to provide tuition assistance to current employees, evaluating the credentials of new employees, or making a charitable contribution.
  • The federal government requires that a college, university, or program be accredited in order to be eligible for federal grants and loans or other federal funds.
  • State governments require that a college, university, or program be accredited when they make state funds available to students or institutions and when they allow students to sit for state licensure examinations in some professional fields.

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