FHSU earns two No. 1 rankings in May

HAYS, Kan. – Programs offered through the Fort Hays State University Virtual College received two No. 1 recognitions in May along with numerous other rankings from various agencies as among the best and most affordable online programs offered by U.S. colleges and universities.

No. 1, Most Affordable Online Master’s in Web Design Degrees
FHSU’s Master of Professional Studies in Web development was named the No. 1 Web development graduate program in the nation by College Choice.

The 30-credit-hour-program includes courses such as research methods in informatics, Web scripting languages, law of cyberspace, interactive systems design, foundations of information system security and capstone in informatics.

“The Master of Professional Studies degree is a multi-disciplinary master's degree designed to meet emerging workforce development needs,” says the FHSU website.

To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2kVObM0.

No. 1, Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Kansas
FHSU topped CollegeFactual’s list of the best colleges in Kansas for non-traditional students.

More than 40 degrees at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels are available through the Virtual College. All online degree programs are fully accredited, affordable, and utilize the latest in learning technology.

“Whether you want a degree, professional certification, or simply the pleasure of exploring a new subject, we're ready to help you. We offer a comprehensive menu of online student services including tutoring, personal advising and other support services to help ensure your success,” says the FHSU website.

To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2JmtkMF.

In addition to the No. 1 ranking, CollegeChoice also recognized FHSU’s organizational leadership program for its quality and affordability.
No. 3, Best Organizational Leadership Degrees
FHSU earned a top spot on CollegeChoice’s list for its organizational leadership program.

Through the Virtual College, FHSU offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership. Both degrees require 124 credit hours and core leadership courses including introduction to leadership concepts, advanced leadership behaviors, principles of civic leadership, leadership and personal development and leadership and team dynamics.

“The innovative curriculum focuses on the study of leadership in the context of the modern organization,” says the FHSU website. “Standard classroom practices do not apply here. Whether in the classroom or in the field, students will constantly be challenged to adapt and overcome.”

To view this ranking, https://bit.ly/2sPDfU1.

No. 5, Most Affordable Online Organizational Leadership Degrees
CollegeChoice recognized FHSU’s organizational leadership program not only for its quality, but also for its affordability.

The website also noted the FHSU Voss Advanced Leadership Undergraduate Experience, a year-long curricular and co-curricular experience for upper-division students looking to further challenge themselves in areas of leadership.

To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2JoR9Dx.

No. 31, Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students
CollegeFactual also ranked FHSU among the top 50 colleges in the country for non-traditional students.

FHSU prides itself on its dedication to all students, including non-traditional students. FHSU offers a number of student resources, including academic advising services, testing services, and support and tutoring services.

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No. 4, Best Online Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership
FHSU’s organizational leadership program received another ranking in May based on graduation rate, accreditation, and affordability.

“Whether you choose the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science major in organizational leadership, this 45-credit hour interdisciplinary degree program has been designed to make students as unique as its name,” says the FHSU website.

To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2sNgXCk.

No. 23, The Best Value Schools of 2018
FHSU earned a spot on BestValueSchools list of the best value colleges and universities for 2018 based on tuition and enrollment rates.

“Fort Hays offers programs that are specifically designed for adult learners in over 40 majors and disciplines,” said BestValueSchools. “Some of the best degrees offered by Fort Hays State included business teacher licensure, marketing and tourism and hospitality management.”

To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2rr9pUV.

No. 2, Top Five Most Affordable Bachelor’s in Web Design Degrees Online 2018
Quality and affordability earned FHSU a top spot on ComputerScienceDegreeHub’s list of the most affordable online Web design degrees.

FHSU offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in information networking telecommunications with a concentration in Web and mobile application development. Both programs are 124 credit-hours and include courses such as introduction to Web development, interactive systems design, Web scripting languages, law of cyberspace and introduction to Web-enabled databases.

“Built on the concept of media convergence, our program teaches electronic media as well as Web tools, software, scripting languages and databases,” says the FHSU website.

To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2HsnkjG.

No. 4, Top 30 Great Value Colleges for a Master of Science in Nursing Online 2018
FHSU was named the No. 4 great value online nursing program for students seeking a master’s degree.

The Virtual College offers the Master of Science in Nursing in an administration track and in an education track. Both programs require 36 credit-hours. Courses for both include statistics for health professionals, developing nursing theories, informatics in health care systems and research in nursing.

FHSU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and the graduate nursing programs are accredited by the Committee on Collegiate Nursing Education.

To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2JGlOzI.

No. 5, Top 15 Least Expensive Master’s Degrees in Nursing Online
FHSU’s Master of Science in Nursing program also earned a spot on GreatValueCollege’s list of the top 15 most affordable Master’s in nursing programs in the nation.

In addition to the Master of Science in Nursing in administration or education tracks, FHSU also offers an online Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree with BSN to DNP and MSN to DNP options.

To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2sSczSq.

No. 2, Best Online Master’s in Education Programs: Students before Profit Awards 2018
FHSU’s Department of Advanced Education Programs earned the No. 2 spot on NonprofitCollegesOnline’s list due to its quality, affordability, and diverse variety of degree options.

The department offers a variety of master’s programs entirely online, including education, educational administration, special education, special education-gifted, higher education student affairs and instructional technology. Two Educational Specialist programs are also available online: education administration and education leadership.

Additionally, the department offers two hybrid programs, which combine online and on-campus course work: counseling-school and school psychology.

To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2xVoODx.

No. 7, The 10 Most Affordable Online MBA Programs
OnlineMBA named FHSU among the 10 most affordable Master of Business Administration programs in the nation.

In addition to the general MBA option, students of the 34-credit-hour program can choose from 11 concentrations available completely online, including digital marketing, finance, health care management, information assurance, international business, leadership studies, management information systems, and tourism and hospitality management.

To view ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2Jq5IXC.

No. 23, Top 30 Master’s Degrees in Educational Psychology Online 2018
FHSU’s Master of Science in school psychology earned a spot on Online-Psychology’s list of the top master’s degree programs in the nation for educational psychology.

The program requires 30 credit hours and five days of on-campus workshops. Courses include behavioral therapy, professional ethics in psychology, appraisal of children, experimental methods, inferential statistics and methods in school psychology.

“The graduate program in school psychology at Fort Hays State University has a long history of preparing students for entry into the profession of school psychology,” says the FHSU website.

To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2JE94t9.

About the FHSU Virtual College
Distance education at Fort Hays State began in 1911 when faculty voted to offer courses free by mail so that one-room school teachers across western Kansas could afford to gain the continuing education required to teach. The distance education department created then evolved continuously with changing technology and culture until, in 1997, the Department of Continuing Education and Instructional Technology became the FHSU Virtual College.


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