Ashland University Online Master’s Program Receives Top National Ranking

Ashland University Online Master’s Program Receives Top National Ranking

3/21/19 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Master of Arts with a specialization in teaching American History and Government has been recognized as the 14th best program in the country by in its ranking of Top Master’s in Social Studies Programs for 2019.

The AU Master of Arts program, taught through AU’s College of Arts and Sciences, was also the fifth ranked private university program in the country, behind programs at New York University, University of Rochester, Boston University and Drexel University.

“We are very proud that our Master of Arts program with a specialization in teaching American History and Government has received recognition as one of the top programs in the country,” said Dr. Dawn Weber, dean of AU’s College of Arts and Sciences. “Our program has gained national significance as the only one of its kind in the nation -- designed specifically for middle and high school teachers of history, civics and government.” highlighted the AU program for having the “Most Modern Program.” The ranking noted, “Ashland University continuously updates its curriculum to meet the ever-changing trends and theories in curriculum design and delivery methods. Students in the master's degree program in social studies will learn the latest information and work on up-to-date projects to become successful teacher leaders in their schools.” is a trusted source for unbiased college rankings and higher education planning. The research identifies the top programs in the nation based on curriculum quality, program flexibility, affordability and graduate outcomes.

In addition to insights gained from industry professionals, leveraged an exclusive data set comprised of interviews and surveys from current students and alumni. Each online degree program was analyzed with only 22 making it to the final list. The methodology incorporates the most recent data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and statistical data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Most importantly, only programs from accredited nonprofit institutions were eligible.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###