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second in online degree ranking

Two University of Wyoming educational administration programs are second on a national “Online Doctorate in Education” ranking generated by (

Both of UW’s adult and postsecondary specializations, the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) and doctor of education (Ed.D.), qualified for the recognition.  The programs are housed within the UW College of Education’s Department of Professional Studies.

GoGrad highlights programs that offer degrees and services that exceed academic standards of excellence.  They also give students the flexibility to continue their higher education through the graduate level while working and building experience in their chosen field, according to Wes Ricketts, founder.

UW College of Education administrators acknowledged the recognition and the ongoing success of the two programs and their graduates.
 “The recent Go Grad ranking in the top five nationally of two of the University of Wyoming’s College of Education Online Graduate Degree Programs provides tangible evidence attesting to the high quality of the college’s online programs and its faculty,” incoming Dean Ray Reutzel says. “We are proud of this achievement, which only spurs us on to increase the reach and quality of the college’s online programming in order to serve its constituents in the state of Wyoming and throughout the nation.”

“Our Ph.D. and Ed.D. graduates serve in advanced leadership positions such as directors, deans, and senior administrators at community colleges and universities as well as university faculty and researchers,” Mary Alice Bruce, UW Department of Professional Studies chairperson, says. “Ranked by GoGrad, the recognized guide to online graduate program, our superb students and outstanding faculty in the UW College of Education engage in highly interactive courses, collaborative research, and thoughtful discussions with the flexibility and convenience of online connections.”

General criteria for rankings included:

•    Must offer an online degree in related subject area
•    Public or private, not-for-profit institution
•    Number of online graduate degrees available in related subject area
•    Graduate tuition
•    Availability of academic and career counseling services
•    Availability of job placement service
•    Cost versus comparable programs

Online Programs Recognized

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UW's programs in adult and postsecondary education are ranked second in's 2015 list of "top online doctorate degrees in education."

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