UA Little Rock Online Programs Listed Among Nation’s Best by U.S. News and World Report

A potential graduate student tries out apps created by UA Little Rock's Emerging Analytics Center during a graduate school recruiting fair. Photo by Ben Krain.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has been recognized as having some of the best online programs in computer information technology in the country as well as one of the top online undergraduate business programs.

In its 2023 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked UA Little Rock 25th in “Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs” and 32nd in “Best Online Undergraduate Business Programs.”

U.S. News assessed schools based on a variety of factors, such as student engagement, faculty credentials, and services and technologies. Designed for individuals looking to complete or further their education, this year’s edition evaluates more than 1,800 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

The first ranking assesses online master’s degree programs in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, information systems, and information technology. For UA Little Rock, this ranking includes the online Master of Science in information quality and Master of Science in information science programs. UA Little Rock has also earned a spot in this list in 2020, 2021, and 2022 as well.

The online master’s degree in information quality is a 33-hour program that can be completed in as little as 18 months. The program is designed to prepare students for industry and government careers as well as advanced doctoral studies. Developed with support from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Information Quality Program, the curriculum balances information quality theory with industry best practices using state-of-the-art technology.

The online master’s degree in information science is a 33-hour program designed to familiarize individuals with the advanced knowledge, skills, and technologies for working with large amounts of complex data. Students learn how to compete in an industry with an ever-present demand for new innovations in data science and analytics, advanced information systems design and development, and emerging information technologies. Both degrees serve as a stepping stone for other advanced graduate degrees, such as UA Little Rock’s Ph.D. in computer and information science.

“Interest in the Master of Science in information Science program has been increasing in recent years,” said Dr. Daniel Berleant, professor of information science and program coordinator. “Our courses are offered in both in-person and online sections. This way we can serve students here in Little Rock as well as working professionals and others all across the country. As the world of higher education adjusts to progressively increasing online services, our program continues to stay on the leading edge of online education quality and affordability.”

Additionally, School of Business Director Robert Mitchell said UA Little Rock’s top business ranking is based on the school’s strong history of providing quality online education programs for its students.

“The School of Business online program has been available for over two decades, with our Management major as the first online program developed,” Mitchell said. “We currently offer many of our most in-demand undergraduate majors online, including Business Analytics, Business Information Systems, Accounting, and Marketing with the Finance major currently being added to our online offerings. Our faculty are well trained and experienced in online instruction with a strong track-record of student success.”

You can find out more about UA Little Rock’s diverse online education opportunities at https://ualr.edu/online/.

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