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Online Master’s Degrees in Texas

Texas is home to six state university systems and four independent public universities, including three nationally recognized top-tier public research universities: the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, and the University of Houston. Despite having one of the lowest-ranked healthcare systems in the nation, several highly regarded medical research institutions, including University of Texas Southwest Medical Center, are located in Texas. Several of Texas’ public and private colleges and universities offer online courses and degree programs. Rice University, a private, nationally recognized top-tier research university, recently partnered with the online education company Coursea to offer a selection of online courses free of charge. However, these courses do not provide any academic credit and cannot replace a course taken at an accredited institution, such as the four we name below.

University of Houston

The University of Houston (UH), Houston’s public tier one university, offers the largest public distance education program in Texas, providing distance education courses to over 15,000 students each school year. All online classes are regular classes taught by UH faculty. The university’s distance education student services staff provides support, academic advising, and answers to questions for online students. UH currently offers six master’s programs that can be completed entirely online, including a master’s of arts in mathematics, master’s of education in administration and supervision, master’s of education in gifted and talented education, master’s of education in physical education, master’s of science in construction management, and master’s of science in future studies in commerce.

Texas A&M

Texas A&M (TAMU), a coeducational public research university, offers online graduate-level degrees and certificates in compliance with the Texas Education Coordinating Board’s Principles of Good Practice for Academic Degree Certificate Programs and Credit Courses Offered Electronically. Currently 20 different distance learning master’s degrees are offered, many completely online, including graduate degrees from TAMU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Education and Human Development, Dwight Look College of Engineering, and College of Science. TAMU’s libraries provide services specifically designed for distance students, including a specially customized website. TAMU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

University of North Texas

Located in Denton, the University of North Texas (UNT) is one of the nation’s largest public universities and the largest in the Fort Worth-Dallas area. Consisting of 12 colleges and schools, UNT offers 82 master’s degrees, 15 of which are available completely online. In addition to offering two online MBAs, one in marketing and one in strategic management, UNT offers master’s degrees in areas including educational psychology, anthropology, learning technologies, and library science. UNT’s MBA programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and are ranked in the top 25 of ranked online business schools by GetEducation.com.

University of the Incarnate Word

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is a private, not-for-profit Catholic university. In addition to being the largest Catholic university in Texas, UIW has over 93 sister schools around the world. UIW’s Virtual University offers 11 online master’s degrees, including MAAs with concentrations in applied administration, communication arts, healthcare administration, and organizational development, and two MBAs with concentrations in general business and international business. All of the complete online degree programs are offered in an asynchronous online environment, which means students may log in any time, day or night.

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