Education program ranked third in nation for online master’s degree

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Horvitz and students

Faculty member Dr. Brian Horvitz and students.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University’s educational and instructional technology program has been recognized as one of the best programs for online learning at the master’s level by (OMD). The program earned top honors for overall quality, affordability and commitment to student success.

“We’re very proud of this recognition. With its project-based design and flexible curriculum, our program has been meeting the needs of a wide range of educators and professionals for years,” says Brian Horvitz, professor of educational and instructional technology. “Given the recent shift of so much learning to online spaces, we look forward to helping the next generation of leaders solve their learning and performance challenges.”

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“Providing students with opportunities to get a master’s online is only part of our rankings,” adds Kyle Darland, co-founder of OMD. “Top-ranked schools also had competitive tuition rates and/or scholarships to help drive costs down. And with grocery, gas and other expenses on everyone’s mind right now, an affordable master’s is key.” analyzed more than 7,700 accredited universities by using data pulled from the schools themselves and from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). After the data was compiled, OMD’s data science team then applied a proprietary algorithm to rank all qualifying schools for each of the different master’s degrees specialties. Primary data points include:

  • Academic counseling services
  • Career placement services
  • Student/faculty ratio
  • Tuition
  • Percent of students receiving school-based aid
  • Amount of school-based aid per student

To be eligible for ranking, a university must hold active regional accreditation and have at least one partially online master’s program in the ranking subject. Just 6% of U.S. postsecondary institutions earned a ranking position.


WMU’s Master of Arts in Educational and Instructional Technology is designed for individuals seeking to become technology leaders and trainers in corporations, K-12 education, higher education, nonprofits and other organizations. This program is offered entirely or primarily online. The degree will prepare you for leadership roles in the support and training of others in learning organizations.

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