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Can someone advise me on the best online masters programs in the US?

 For a long time, I have wanted to get information regarding the best online masters programs in the United States. Previously I encountered a lot of challenges trying to choose the best online graduate program for my masters in biological sciences and since I’m now ready to pursue my postgraduate program, I need a list of reputable online colleges basing on the affordability of tuition fees and flexibility of their programs. Furthermore, I plan to benchmark in one of the universities in the state of Michigan and have heard that the University of Michigan online courses are the most appropriate. Kindly advise

Samantha Barber

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Ramon Kelly on January 9, 2018

Choosing the best online program is a unique undertaking in that you will have to consider a number of factors that include university rankings, number of faculties producing great quality research in your field of specialization, the university tier and its support for your research which will include core facilities and fellowships. Before choosing an institution for your distance learning program you asses where it falls under the categories of research universities. Note that if you get admitted to an R1 school, you will be privileged to get a position after defending your thesis. Also, remember that graduate program rankings tend to be very subjective and variations in the university ranking at the top tier likely don't have much impact as the role played by the productivity and reputation engaged in your designated area of research at your selected university. You should also assess the potential of your preferred research field to generate impactful and outstanding publications. Choosing an R2 or R3 institution is still valuable, but it is more appropriate if want to conduct your research in an undergraduate university or pursue lecturer or teaching faculty positions.

There are many online graduate programs in biological sciences. The most significant aspect of a master’s program will be your choice of mentor. I strongly recommend that you first choose a couple research fields that you’re interested in and search for the faculty that are among the best in your area of specialization. You can check up in the Web of Science through searching key words related to life sciences and establish the most dominant corresponding colleges and universities, or Google for research labs. Understand that top colleges, often attract top faculty, and if you select your program basing on the institution and not a specific member of a faculty, you are destined for failure.

Since your area of specialization requires practical experimentations, first of all, find a field that suits you, and establish a faculty which conducts leading research in that field. Eliminate the universities which have zero or a single faculty researching in fields that you wish to pursue since activities such as collaborating and assembling a committee within these universities will be highly uncertain. Below is a list of the top ten online colleges that are reputable and which you can consider applying to. Select at least five of them that have at least four faculties and are actively involved in life science research.

  • California institute of technology
  • Stanford University
  • Ohio State University
  • Yale University
  • Cornell University
  • University of Michigan
  • Duke University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of California
  • University of Chicago

Pursuing benchmarking on the university of Michigan online course is an excellent idea, although it is not so much different from the rest of the universities I have listed above. They are all the best and you simply need to choose basing on your personal taste of the locality, friends, colleagues or the school itself.

Olive Wilsona year ago

Choosing the best online masters program is a very significant step in ensuring that you get the best training and education that can allow you to advantageously compete against other people with specializations such as yours. The first step is for you to choose the faculty which will have a comprehensive curriculum and teaching staff. You may have several commitments which will keep you away from campus. Choose a school that offers a variety of online courses. A diverse range of courses will imply that the school is committed to long distance learning programs. In my opinion I will advise that you choose Michigan as opposed to any other institution. Every year, there are thousands of students taking advantage of online courses. It’s the same Michigan teaching and learning in a nontraditional setting. The University of Michigan is committed to serving the humanity through the preeminence in communication, creation, preservation and application of knowledge, academic values art and the development of citizens who will alter the present and transform the future.

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