Online Master’s Degrees in Virginia

Virginia is home to over 170 colleges and universities, including private institutions and 23 community colleges. In its latest list of highest ranked colleges and universities, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary second and sixth, respectively. Other notable public universities include George Mason University, the largest university in Virginia; James Madison University; and Virginia Commonwealth University, a top public graduate school in fine arts. For undergrad and graduate students interested in distance learning, the Electronic Campus of Virginia website provides a searchable database of distance education options and online degree programs available from colleges and universities across the state.

University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies

UVA’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) has academic centers in Abingdon, Charlottesville, Falls Church, Richmond, Roanoke, and Virginia Beach to better serve the education needs of over 10,000 non-traditional adult students. SCPS offers seven online master’s degrees in areas including physics education and various fields of engineering. Online courses are available in live or asynchronous formats, allowing students the choice of when they wish to log in to work, study, and test.

George Mason University

Originally founded a branch of the University of Virginia in 1956, George Mason University (GMU) became an independent institution in 1972. Today, GMU enjoys the distinction of being a major, nationally recognized state university. GMU is known for its strong programs in economics, law, creative writing, computer science, and business. The university offers several undergrad and graduate distance education programs and five online master’s degrees, including a master’s in nursing, and executive master’s in business administration, a master’s in transportation policy, operations and logistics, a master’s in computer science, and a master’s in systems engineering.

Hampton University

The private, historically black and Native American Hampton University was established just after the Civil War, and has since maintained a reputation for being a dynamic and progressive institution. Hampton University offers just one online master’s degree, a master of science in education in curriculum and instruction. The program is designed specifically for educators seeking leadership but not administrative roles in their schools. Hampton University’s Division of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Regent University

The private, not-for-profit, Regent University is an interdenominational Christian university originally founded by conservative televangelist Pat Robertson as the Christian Broadcasting Network University. Regent University utilizes the online platform Blackboard for its online degree programs. A variety of online master’s degrees are offered by the university’s School of Business and Leadership, School of Communication and the Arts, School of Divinity, School of Education, School of Government, and School of Psychology and Counseling. Regent University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Association of Theological Schools.


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