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Our Ph.D. rankings showcase the universities offering the best online doctoral degree programs this year. We based our calculations on the quantifiable factors that we believe contribute to the ideal online learning experience: program cost; full-time to part-time faculty ratio; institutional financial aid, acceptance, retention, graduation, default, and job placement rate; and history of accreditation. Learn more

Top Online PhD Programs

Rank School # of PhD Progams FT to PT
Faculty Ratio
Institution
Fin. Aid Rate
Acceptance Rate Retention Rate Graduation Rate Accred.
Years
Default
Rate
Job Place. Rate  
1

103 South Bldg Cb 9100
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
(919) 962-2211

3 6.25 to 1 46% 34% 97% 89% 112 1% N/A  
2

100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455-0213
(612) 625-5000

1 3.39 to 1 59% 47% 90% 70% 99 3% N/A  
3

355 Tigert Hall
Gainesville, Florida 32611-3115
(352) 392-3261

5 13.07 to 1 38% 44% 96% 85% 101 2% N/A  
4

14th and R StLincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588
(402) 472-7211

2 3.87 to 1 57% 59% 84% 67% 99 4% N/A  
5

805 Rudder Tower
College Station, Texas 77843-1244
(979) 845-3211

2 22.71 to 1 52% 63% 92% 81% 88 5% N/A  
6

739 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0166
(205) 348-6010

1 2.61 to 1 47% 53% 85% 67% 117 0% N/A  
7

800 Linden Street
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18510-4629
(570) 941-7400

1 1.75 to 1 91% 72% 88% 77% 85 3% N/A  
8

601 E John Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820-5711
(217) 333-1000

2 2.3 to 1 40% 68% 93% 82% 99 3% N/A  
9

1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122-6096
(215) 204-7000

1 1.01 to 1 69% 67% 87% 66% 93 3% N/A  
10

1227 W 27th St
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0005
(319) 273-2311

1 3.24 to 1 56% 78% 81% 66% 96 2% 76%  

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