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CSU Online Programs Wired for Success

Alisia Ruble


Online programs at California State University campuses are among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2019 Best Online Programs rankings released January 15.

U.S. News & World Report rated online bachelor's and graduate programs across the country based on their student engagement, student services and technology, and faculty credentials and training.

The publication recognized programs at 10 CSU campuses: Chico, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Fullerton, Long Beach, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo and Stanislaus. 

Graduate programs at Fullerton, Long Beach, San Bernardino, San Diego and San Luis Obispo ranked among the top 50 nationally in categories including business, criminal justice, education and engineering.

U.S. News & World Report evaluates distance education programs at the program level rather than the school level. This year, more than 1,500 programs for bachelor's degrees as well as graduate programs in engineering, business, computer information technology, criminal justice, education, and nursing were evaluated.

2019 U.S. News & World Report best online programs with rankings in parentheses:

Dominguez Hills (84)
Chico (217)
East Bay (217)

Graduate Business
Fullerton (15)
Sacramento (57)
San Bernardino (114)

Graduate Criminal Justice
Long Beach (30)
San Bernardino (30)

Graduate Education
San Diego (25)
Fullerton (38)
East Bay (148)

Graduate Engineering
Fullerton (26)
San Luis Obispo (43)

Graduate Nursing
Dominguez Hills (121)
Chico (132)

San Bernardino (101)
Stanislaus (119)
Dominguez Hills (162)

Online Degree Programs Help Address State’s Degree Gap

The CSU currently offers 229 online degree programs across its 23 campuses. This includes 74 bachelor’s degree programs, 148 master’s degree programs and seven doctoral degree programs. 

Online degree programs provide students the flexibility to take courses whenever and wherever best fits their circumstances. They give non-traditional students who may be unable to attend college in the traditional setting due to barriers including work schedules and proximity to campus the opportunity to receive a quality education.

These benefits make online degree programs an important tool for the CSU as the university seeks to meet its Graduation Initiative 2025 goals and produce its share of the 1.1 million college graduates California needs to address its looming degree gap.

As CSU campuses continue to expand online degree options, the university is committed to strengthening quality online teaching and learning. The CSU offers services and resources—such as Quality Matters™ and Quality Online Learning and Teaching—to faculty and instructional designers to maintain quality control and ensure students are successful in these courses. 

To learn more about how the CSU’s online programs are meeting students where they are and creating pathways to a degree, visit the website for Cal State Online