UofM Online Programs No. 1 in Tennessee for 3rd Straight Year by U.S. News & World Report

Jan. 25, 2022  — The University of Memphis is the highest-ranked institution in Tennessee for the third-straight year by U.S. News & World Report in its 2022 rankings of online programs. The UofM’s status in these rankings began its incredible climb five years ago, culminating in the top spot for three consecutive years.

The UofM is ranked in the top 150 in nine categories nationally, including six in the top 30.

Undergraduate Psychology is ranked No. 18 followed by Best Online Criminal Justice at No. 22, Best Online Education for Veterans at No. 28, Best Online Bachelor’s Program for Veterans at No. 28, Best Online MBA for Veterans at No. 29, Undergraduate Business at No. 30 and Best Online Nursing at No. 38.

The UofM is now ranked in the top 50 in the Best Online Bachelor’s category at No. 44 and achieved its highest ranking for Best Online MBA at No. 42. In addition, the UofM improved its ranking year-to-year in every single category except one, as Criminal Justice fell only one spot.

“We are honored to receive even more national recognition on what the University of Memphis is continuing to achieve,” said UofM President M. David Rudd. “It is tremendous that we continue to climb in the U.S. News & World Report Rankings for the third consecutive year as well as once again being ranked as the No. 1 institution in the State of Tennessee.

“I also want to thank the Governor, the state legislature, our trustees and especially Congressman (Steve) Cohen for his unwavering support of our Carnegie R1 initiative, as he’s played a critical role in helping the UofM significantly grow federal support over the past eight years.

“The last two years have been very challenging for everyone at the UofM. I always want to give praise where praise is deserved, and that goes to our outstanding faculty and staff, not only for the past two years but for the last eight years. Eight years ago, we had only one program ranked, our online MBA. Our remarkable progress continues to shine.”

The seven UofM Global programs that are ranked nationally and deemed U.S. News Best Online Programs include:

  • Undergraduate Psychology (No. 18)
  • Criminal Justice (No. 22)
  • Undergraduate Business (No. 30)
  • Graduate Nursing (increased to No. 38 from No. 45 in 2021)
  • MBA Programs (increased to No. 42 from No. 45 in 2021 and from No. 89 in 2018)
  • Bachelor’s (increased to No. 44 from No. 53 in 2021 and from No. 125 in 2018)
  • Graduate Education (increased to No. 102 from No. 146 in 2021)
  • The UofM improved 44 spots from the previous year as Best Online Education is ranked No. 102 overall No. 1 in Tennessee.

“Ascension in the rankings is an endorsement of our online program investment strategy,” said Dr. Richard Irwin, executive dean for UofM Global & College of Professional/Liberal Studies. “All online academic programs in UofM Global are developed and delivered by rigorously trained UofM faculty and supported by a robust network of academic services, coaches and advisors, ultimately leading to unparalleled student success.”

The UofM is ranked No. 1 in Tennessee in 10 rankings.

“As a proud alumnus of the University of Memphis law school, I am delighted to see the University recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a top-tier research institution and for its commitment to high quality scholarship in a wide variety of fields,” said Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09). “I congratulate Dr. Rudd and all who have made this success a reality.”

In addition, the University of Memphis has recently been named an R1 institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, putting the UofM in the top tier of research universities nationally.

This milestone solidifies the University as one of two flagship public institutions in Tennessee. Carnegie R1 status is a credit to the vision, work ethic and dedication of the faculty, staff and leadership at the UofM.