Virtual College programs recognized online in August-September rankings

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HAYS, Kan. -- Several online programs offered through Fort Hays State University's Virtual College have recently been ranked by various agencies as among the best and most affordable online programs offered by U.S. colleges.

These rankings are a compilation from August and September.
Online Colleges recognized FHSU's Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in medical diagnostic imaging as two of the most affordable and accessible online programs.

No. 2, Best Online Colleges for Business Administration
FHSU's business administration programs offer a number of concentrations including finance, healthcare management, human resource management, international business and marketing.

"The online MBA program offers flexibility to working students who want to further their career," said the OnlineColleges website.

The website also recognized FHSU as ranking in the top 25 percent for accessibility and prominence.

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No. 5, Best Online Colleges for Radiologic Sciences
In addition to being ranked fifth overall, FHSU's radiology program was recognized for having the lowest tuition of all schools ranked and being fourth of 30 schools for accessibility.

The program offers three certificate specializations including cardiovascular intervention technology, computer tomography and resonance imaging. A fourth certificate, women's imaging, requires a one-week on-campus component.

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No. 1, 2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for School Psychology Degrees
FHSU's Master of Science in school psychology topped the list of five schools noted for their annual tuition and the degrees offered.

The program requires 66 credit hours, including behavior therapy, developmental psychology and methods in school psychology, and a five-day on-campus workshop.

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No. 6, 2016 Best Value Online Colleges for Criminal Justice Degrees
OnlineU placed FHSU's Bachelor of Science in criminal justice among the top 23 most affordable online criminal justice programs in the country.

The program was recognized for its academic strength and low tuition cost, with annual tuition for the program at just $6,424 a year. In addition to taking courses including criminology, justice in the information age and comparative justice systems, students can complete certificates specializing in corrections, justice networking and victim advocacy.

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No. 6, 2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Psychology Degrees
Affordability and accessibility earned FHSU a place among the top 25 online schools for psychology degrees.

FHSU offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Both programs consist of 124 credit hours and contain general education and psychology requirements, such as abnormal psychology, social psychology and child and developmental psychology.

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No. 15, 2016 Best Value Online Colleges for Financial Degrees
FHSU's Master of Business Administration in finance earned the attention of OnlineU, which placed it among the best finance-only programs in the country.

The MBA requires courses in money and banking, financial institutions and international finance. FHSU graduates have gone to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Koch Industries, International Business Machines Corporation, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and General Electric.

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No. 9, 15 Most Affordable Online MBA Programs: Technology
Best Value MBA used College Navigator, a database provided by the National Center for Education Statistics, to compare the cost of tuition of FHSU's MBA technology programs with other online programs.

FHSU MBA technology programs are the Master of Business Administration in information assurance and the Master of Business Administration in management information systems. Both consist of 34 credit hours, including classes in information system design, business intelligence technology, law of cyberspace and information risk management and disaster recovery.

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No. 22, Top 50 Best Value Online Colleges for 2017
ValueColleges used analyzed cost, reputability and return on investment to place FHSU among the top 50 online colleges.

The FHSU Virtual College has been cited by U.S. News & World Report as a top-25 university for online undergraduate education.

"FHSU excels at bringing the people of Kansas the education they need for their lives at prices ordinary Americans can afford," said the ValueColleges website.

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