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30 Smartest People Alive Today

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History is peppered with influential geniuses who changed the world. Individuals like Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein all had groundbreaking ideas that have lived on long after their deaths. Following this fine tradition, we take a look at 30 of the smartest people alive today – including brilliantly accomplished academics, former child prodigies, IQ whizzes, and super sharp young intellectuals with their whole lives ahead of them.

30. Paul Allen

30. Paul Allen

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Billionaire Paul Allen reportedly has an IQ of between 160 and 170. Allen was born in 1953 in Seattle and made friends with Bill Gates while still at school. He attended Washington State University but quit his studies in 1974 and then talked Gates into leaving Harvard. The following year, the pair founded Microsoft in New Mexico. After he was told that he had Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1982, Allen stepped back from Microsoft and eventually resigned in 2000, although he remained in an advisory capacity. He is a renowned philanthropist, and his donations to science, education, conservation, the arts and technology exceed $1.5 billion. As well as being a stakeholder in technology, media and other companies, Allen owns the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trailblazers and part-owns MLS team the Seattle Sounders. He launched the Allen Institute for Brain Science in 2003 and founded space transport company Stratolaunch Systems in 2011.

29. Christopher Langan

29. Christopher Langan

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Born in San Francisco in 1952, self-educated Christopher Langan is a special kind of genius. By the time he turned four, he’d already taught himself how to read. At high school, according to Langan, he tutored himself in “advanced math, physics, philosophy, Latin and Greek, all that.” What’s more, he allegedly got 100 percent on his SAT test, even though he slept through some of it. Langan attended Montana State University but dropped out. Rather like the titular character in 1997 movie Good Will Hunting, Langan didn’t choose an academic career; instead, he worked as a doorman and developed his Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe during his downtime. In 1999, on TV newsmagazine 20/20, neuropsychologist Robert Novelly stated that Langan’s IQ – said to be between 195 and 210 – was the highest he’d ever measured. Langan has been dubbed “the smartest man in America.”

28. Judit Polgár

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Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1976, Judit Polgár is acknowledged as without doubt the best female chess player in history. Polgár was a chess-playing child prodigy and overcame her first grandmaster when she was just 11. At present, she is the only woman in the World Chess Federation’s Top 100 Players. She has also beaten nine world champions, including Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov. In 1991, aged 15 and five months, Polgár won the Hungarian National Championship and became the then youngest grandmaster – eclipsing Bobby Fischer’s longstanding record by one month. Apparently, the way in which Polgár’s father raised her and her sisters was part of an experiment to prove that “geniuses are made, not born.” And considering Polgár’s reported IQ of 170 and significant accomplishments, perhaps he was on to something.

27. Marilyn vos Savant

27. Marilyn vos Savant

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Marilyn vos Savant was born in 1946 in Missouri. In 1986 the columnist and author made history when she was named in The Guinness Book of World Records as the person possessing the highest IQ, with a reported score of 228. She is said to have achieved the score on the Stanford-Binet test at the age of ten. In the mid 1980s, Savant also took the controversial Mega Test, scoring an IQ of 186. In the wake of her newfound fame, Parade magazine launched the popular “Ask Marilyn” column, which still runs today. Savant has been a member of elite “one-in-a-million” IQ society the Mega Society. And in 1989 New York magazine called her and husband Robert Jarvik – who designed the first successful artificial heart – “the smartest couple in New York.”

26. John H. Sununu

26. John H. Sununu

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With a reported IQ of 180, John H. Sununu is another individual who has proved equal to the eligibility criteria for acceptance into the Mega Society high IQ club. Born in 1939 in Havana, Cuba, Sununu studied mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, achieving his bachelor’s degree in 1961, his master’s in 1963 and his Ph.D. in 1966. After he graduated, Sununu worked as a professor at Massachusetts-based Tufts University until 1968, when he was appointed the school’s associate dean of engineering, a position he held until 1973. Between 1983 and 1989 Sununu served as the governor of New Hampshire; then in 1989 he became the White House Chief of Staff. However, in 1991 Sununu stepped down following allegations that he had abused his government travel privileges.

25. Neil deGrasse Tyson

25. Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is a high-profile American astrophysicist and research associate at the American Museum of Natural History, and he is also Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. Tyson was born in New York in 1958 and loved astronomy from a young age. In 1980 he graduated from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in physics, and he went on to earn his master’s in astronomy from the University of Texas in 1983. He then went to Columbia, where he obtained his M.Phil. in astrophysics in 1989 and his Ph.D. two years later. Tyson achieved pop culture fame presenting educational PBS show NOVA ScienceNow from 2006 to 2011, and he has made numerous TV guest appearances. The awards he has received include a NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, and in 2001 Asteroid 1994KA was renamed 13123 Tyson in his honor.

24. Kim Ung-Yong

24. Kim Ung-Yong

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Before The Guinness Book of World Records withdrew its Highest IQ category in 1990, South Korean former child prodigy Kim Ung-Yong made the list with a score of 210. Kim was born in Seoul in 1963, and by the time he turned three, he could already read Korean, Japanese, English and German. When he was just eight years old, Kim moved to America to work at NASA. “At that time, I led my life like a machine. I woke up, solved the daily assigned equation, ate, slept, and so forth,” he has explained. “I was lonely and had no friends.” While he was in the States, Kim allegedly obtained a doctorate degree in physics, although this is unconfirmed. In any case, in 1978 he moved back to South Korea and went on to earn a Ph.D. in civil engineering.

23. Mislav Predavec

23. Mislav Predavec

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Mislav Predavec is a Croatian mathematics professor with a reported IQ of 190. “I always felt I was a step ahead of others. As material in school increased, I just solved the problems faster and better,” he has explained. Predavec was born in Zagreb in 1967, and his unique abilities were obvious from a young age. As for his adult achievements, since 2009 Predavec has taught at Zagreb’s Schola Medica Zagrabiensis. In addition, he runs trading company Preminis, having done so since 1989. And in 2002 Predavec founded exclusive IQ society GenerIQ, which forms part of his wider IQ society network. “Very difficult intelligence tests are my favorite hobby,” he has said. In 2012 the World Genius Directory ranked Predavec as the third smartest person in the world.

22. Manahel Thabet

22. Manahel Thabet

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In 2008, aged 25, Yemeni economist and scientist Manahel Thabet became the youngest person to receive a financial engineering Ph.D. magna cum laude. Thabet earned the degree at the University of Illinois and has since worked towards a second Ph.D. in quantum mathematics. In 2012 she came up with a revolutionary 350-page formula to calculate distance in space without the use of light. She also has an IQ higher than 168 and garnered a Genius of the Year Award and a spot on the 2013 World Genius Directory’s list. Thabet set up the company Smart Tips Consultants in 2008. Her accolades include a humanitarian award for her efforts with the United Nations and a Woman of the Year Award from the Women’s Federation for World Peace.

21. Richard Rosner

21. Richard Rosner

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U.S. television writer and pseudo-celebrity Richard Rosner is an unusual case. Born in 1960, he has led a somewhat checkered professional life: as well writing for Jimmy Kimmel Live! and other TV shows, Rosner has, he says, been employed as a stripper, doorman, male model and waiter. In 2000 he infamously appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, answering a question about the altitude of capital cities incorrectly and reacting by suing the show, albeit unsuccessfully. Rosner placed second in the World Genius Directory’s 2013 Genius of the Year Awards; the site lists his IQ at 192, which places him just behind Greek psychiatrist Evangelos Katsioulis. Rosner reportedly hit the books for 20 hours a day to try and outdo Katsioulis, but to no avail.

20. Chris Hirata

20. Chris Hirata

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Astrophysicist Chris Hirata was born in Michigan in 1982, and at the age of 13 he became the youngest U.S. citizen to receive an International Physics Olympiad gold medal. When he turned 14, Hirata apparently began studying at the California Institute of Technology, and he would go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in physics from the school in 2001. At 16 – with a reported IQ of 225 – he started doing work for NASA, investigating whether it would be feasible for humans to settle on Mars. Then in 2005 he went on to obtain a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton. Hirata is currently a physics and astronomy professor at The Ohio State University. His specialist fields include dark energy, gravitational lensing, the cosmic microwave background, galaxy clustering, and general relativity. “If I were to say Chris Hirata is one in a million, that would understate his intellectual ability,” said a member of staff at his high school in 1997.

19. Steven Pinker

19. Steven Pinker

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Canadian visual cognition and psycholinguistics expert Steven Pinker was born in Montreal in 1954. His work covers popular science, experimental psychology, linguistics and cognitive science, and he is currently a professor of psychology at Harvard. Prior to taking up this position, between 1982 and 2003 he was a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor within the school’s brain and cognitive science department. During his MIT tenure, Pinker took over as the director of the university’s cognitive neuroscience center. In 2004 TIME magazine featured him on its list of the 100 most influential thinkers and scientists. His awards include a Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences and a Royal Institution Henry Dale Prize. Perhaps Pinker’s best-known work is his 2002 book The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature.

18. Ivan Ivec

18. Ivan Ivec

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Born in 1976, Ivan Ivec is a Croatian mathematician and IQ test specialist with – according to the World Genius Directory – an IQ of 174. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics and works at Gimnazija A.G.Matoša High School in Samobor, Zagreb. Ivec’s website is dedicated to IQ testing and results, and his own tests cover IQ ranges of between 120 and 190. He has also worked with fellow Croatian mathematician Mislav Predavec to design such tests. Interestingly, Ivec says that the time restrictions on intelligence tests devised by psychologists are not ideal for everybody. “Specifically, there are intelligent people, capable of performing complex actions and resolving complex tasks, although their speed of solving is low,” he has explained.

17. Garry Kasparov

17. Garry Kasparov

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Born in 1963 in Baku, in what is now Azerbaijan, Garry Kasparov is arguably the most famous chess player of all time. When he was seven, Kasparov enrolled at Baku’s Young Pioneer Palace; then at ten he started to train at the school of legendary Soviet chess player Mikhail Botvinnik. In 1980 Kasparov qualified as a grandmaster, and five years later he became the then youngest-ever outright world champion. He retained the championship title until 1993, and has held the position of world number one-ranked player for three times longer than anyone else. In 1996 he famously took on IBM computer Deep Blue, winning with a score of 4–2 – although he lost to a much upgraded version of the machine the following year. In 2005 Kasparov retired from chess to focus on politics and writing. He has a reported IQ of 190.

16. Terence Tao

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Born in Adelaide in 1975, Australian former child prodigy Terence Tao didn’t waste any time flexing his educational muscles. When he was two years old, he was able to perform simple arithmetic. By the time he was nine, he was studying college-level math courses. And in 1988, aged just 13, he became the youngest gold medal recipient in International Mathematical Olympiad history – a record that still stands today. In 1992 Tao achieved a master’s degree in mathematics from Flinders University in Adelaide, the institution from which he’d attained his B.Sc. the year before. Then in 1996, aged 20, he earned a Ph.D. from Princeton, turning in a thesis entitled “Three Regularity Results in Harmonic Analysis.” Tao’s long list of awards includes a 2006 Fields Medal, and he is currently a mathematics professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

15. Scott Aaronson

15. Scott Aaronson

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Scott Aaronson is an associate professor in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s electrical engineering and computer science faculty. According to his website, his research focuses on “the capabilities and limits of quantum computers, and computational complexity theory more generally.” Aaronson was born in Philadelphia in 1981. In 2000 he earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Cornell, and four years later he achieved a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Then in 2012 he was given the Alan T. Waterman Award for “illuminating the fundamental limits on what can be computed in the physical world” and breaking “important new ground in computational theory.” He is known for his key contributions to algebrization and the abstract quantum Turing machine.

14. Nikola Poljak

14. Nikola Poljak

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According to the World Genius Directory, Croatian researcher and physicist Nikola Poljak has an IQ of 183. Born in 1982, Poljak is at present an assistant research fellow and instructor in the University of Zagreb’s physics department. In addition, he is an assistant research fellow at CERN, working on the collaborative A Large Ion Collider Experiment in Geneva, Switzerland. And he is also an assistant research fellow with the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, involved in the STAR detector experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. In 2010 Poljak received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Zagreb. He has carried out scientific assignments for the Croatian Ministry of Science and the Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes, and his current projects include the “exploration of hadronic systems with relativistic probes.”

13. Alan Guth

13. Alan Guth

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Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1947, American physicist and cosmologist Alan Guth was smart enough to leave school a year early and go straight to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in physics. Guth initially began evolving his notion of cosmic inflation when he was a junior scientist at Cornell in 1979. Then in 1981 he officially put forward the theory, which is now widely accepted by many scientists. The theory suggests a time prior to the Big Bang during which the universe was able to evenly disperse itself thanks to its smaller size. This model also looks to explain more clearly the conditions that brought about the incredibly fast, exponential growth of the universe. Guth has been described as “the man who put the ‘big’ in ‘Big Bang.’” He has held positions at Princeton, Columbia, Cornell and Stanford, and he’s currently a physics professor at MIT.

12. Donald Knuth

12. Donald Knuth

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Born in Milwaukee in 1938, Donald Knuth is a groundbreaking computer scientist and mathematician perhaps most renowned for his multi-volume tome The Art of Computer Programming. In recognition of his pioneering work, he has been referred to as the “father” of algorithmic analysis. Knuth is also well known for his popular 1978 open software typesetting system TeX, which is one of the world’s most intricate typographical frameworks. In 1971 Knuth won the inaugural Grace Murray Hopper Award, and his other honors include the A.M. Turing Award and a National Medal of Science. Knuth obtained his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1963 from CalTech, and he is currently a professor emeritus at Stanford.

11. Noam Chomsky

11. Noam Chomsky

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Philosopher, cognitive scientist and political observer Noam Chomsky has been called the “father of modern linguistics,” and his revolutionary work has had an impact on everything from artificial intelligence to music theory. Born in Philadelphia in 1928, Chomsky enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania in 1945, at the age of 16. There, he achieved his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in linguistics, leaving in 1955 to take up a post teaching philosophy and linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – where he presently holds the position of professor emeritus. A revered cultural icon, Chomsky is still politically active, especially when it comes to issues of American foreign policy, state capitalism and mass media news. He has written in excess of 100 books and was named the “world’s top public intellectual” in a poll conducted in 2005.

10. Evangelos Katsioulis

10. Evangelos Katsioulis

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Greek doctor Evangelos Katsioulis made headlines in his home country when he won the World Genius Directory’s 2013 Genius of the Year Awards. According to the site, Katsioulis’ IQ is a remarkable 198. He apparently scored 205 on the Stanford-Binet scale with a standard deviation of 16, which is on par with 258 on the Cattell scale with a standard deviation of 24 and 198 on the Wechsler scale with a standard deviation of 15. Born in Ioannina in 1976, Katsioulis studied at Greece’s Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, earning an M.Sc. in medical research and technology, a master’s degree in philosophy, and a Ph.D. in psychopharmacology. In 2001 he formed the World Intelligence Network IQ society. He is currently a member of 28 IQ societies, including the exclusive Giga Society. Only 1 in 30 billion people will match his intelligence levels.

9. Magnus Carlsen

9. Magnus Carlsen

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Born in Tønsberg, Norway in 1990, Magnus Carlsen is the current World Chess Champion. He qualified as a grandmaster in 2004 when he was just 13. In 2009 chess icon Garry Kasparov began personally training him, but the following year it was reported that they were no longer working together. In 2010, scarcely a month after his 19th birthday, Carlsen became the world’s youngest ever number one-ranked player. And at the 2013 World Chess Championship, he defeated Indian grandmaster Viswanathan Anand and took the title of world champion. After the victory, The Times of India called Carlsen “a genius who’ll only get better.” So far, he has won four Chess Oscars – seven less than Kasparov. Carlsen has also done modelling work for G-Star Raw, and the media has dubbed him “the Justin Bieber of chess.”

8. Shahriar Afshar

8. Shahriar Afshar

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Born in 1971, Iranian American physicist and entrepreneur Shahriar Afshar has won a number of awards for his groundbreaking inventions. Afshar is known for his 2004 Afshar experiment, which he conducted at Harvard University. The optical experiment investigates – and, according to Afshar, contradicts – the quantum mechanical principle of complementarity. Afshar served as an associate at Harvard between 2003 and 2004 and was a visiting scientist at Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in 2006. He is a visiting research professor of physics at New Jersey’s Rowan University as well as the president, CTO and CEO of consumer electronics startup Immerz. One of his notable inventions is the award-winning “4D” Soundkix mini speaker. In 1989 Afshar won a prestigious Iranian Khwarizmi International Award.

7. Akshay Venkatesh

7. Akshay Venkatesh

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Born in India in 1981, Akshay Venkatesh is a mathematician and former child prodigy. He was brought up in Australia and showed promise from a young age, earning a bronze medal at the International Physics Olympiad in 1993, when he was just 11. A year later he achieved another bronze medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad. In 1997 Venkatesh gained a first class honors degree in pure mathematics from the University of Western Australia, having been the youngest person to ever study at the university. He then went on to obtain his Ph.D. from Princeton in 2002, at the age of 20. The math whiz has held positions at the Clay Mathematics Institute in Rhode Island and at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He currently works as a professor in Stanford University’s mathematics faculty.

6. Saul Kripke

6. Saul Kripke

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Born in Long Island, New York in 1940, Saul Kripke is an award-winning logician and philosopher noted for the jointly developed Kripke-Platek set theory, his causal theory of reference and his “Kripkenstein” theory. He was a child prodigy, too, having apparently learned Ancient Hebrew on his own by the time he was six before quickly grasping complex mathematics and philosophical questions. In 1980 Kripke published his hugely significant book Naming and Necessity, which discusses proper nouns within the context of the philosophy of language. Kripke has also had a significant bearing on areas surrounding mathematical logic, the philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics and epistemology. In 2001 he was awarded the esteemed Rolf Schock Prize. Furthermore, according to a 2009 poll, in which votes were cast by philosophers, Kripke ranked as the seventh most important philosopher of the past two centuries. He has taught at Harvard, New York’s Rockefeller University, and Princeton – where he is currently a professor emeritus. In addition, he is a distinguished professor of philosophy at the City University of New York.

5. Ruth Lawrence

5. Ruth Lawrence

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Born in 1971, British mathematician and former child prodigy Ruth Lawrence made many headlines in 1985 when, aged just 13, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Oxford University, gaining a starred first. Another degree, this time in physics, followed in 1986, and in 1989 she received her D.Phil. in mathematics, again from Oxford. In 1990 she was made a junior fellow at Harvard. And after a stint at the University of Michigan, she took on an associate professorship there in 1997. Lawrence is currently an associate professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Einstein Institute of Mathematics and investigates algebraic topology and knot theory. In 1997 Charles Arthur wrote in The Independent, “The branch of mathematics she is now researching… is so advanced, so abstruse, so mind-bogglingly complicated for the non-mathematician that it will be years before technology and science advance enough to make any practical use of it.”

4. Grigori Perelman

4. Grigori Perelman

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Born in 1966, Grigori Perelman is a highly influential, if somewhat eccentric, Russian mathematician. In 2002 he famously cracked the Poincaré conjecture, one of topology’s most weighty and complicated problems. However, the following year he reportedly quit mathematics to live with his mother in very modest circumstances in Saint Petersburg. In 2006 Perelman was honored with the esteemed Fields Medal for his work in furthering the understanding of geometry and particularly the Ricci flow, but he did not accept the award. “I’m not interested in money or fame; I don’t want to be on display like an animal in a zoo,” he explained. In 2010 he was offered the Clay Millennium Prize and one million dollars for his solving of the Poincaré conjecture, but again he declined. “I know how to control the universe. Why would I run to get a million, tell me?” he said.

3. Andrew Wiles

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Andrew Wiles was born in Cambridge in 1953. He is an award-winning English mathematician perhaps best known for officially proving Fermat’s Last Theorem in 1995. Before he cracked it, The Guinness Book of World Records listed the 358-year-old theorem as one of the world’s “most difficult mathematical problems.” Wiles attained a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Oxford in 1974, followed by a Ph.D. from Cambridge in 1980. He has worked as a professor at Princeton and Harvard, and in 1985 he received a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, which allowed him to spend time at Paris’ École Normale Supérieure and the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifique. The mathematician currently holds a Royal Society research professorship at Oxford, and his extensive list of awards includes an International Mathematic Union silver plaque, The Shaw Prize, and a National Academy of Sciences Award in Mathematics.

2. Edward Witten

2. Edward Witten

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Edward Witten is a scientist recognized for his research contributions to string theory, M-theory, quantum gravity and supersymmetry. Born in Baltimore in 1951, Witten was originally a history major at Massachusetts’ Brandeis University, attaining his bachelor’s degree in 1971. Five years later he obtained a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton after first earning a master’s degree from the same school. Witten has been described as “the most brilliant physicist of his generation” and “the world’s greatest living theoretical physicist.” In 2004 TIME magazine included him on its annual rundown of the 100 most influential people in the world. Although he is a physicist, Witten has had a major effect on mathematics, and he has a slew of awards to his name, including the Fields Medal, the Dirac Prize, the Albert Einstein Medal and the Nemmers Prize in Mathematics. He is currently a professor at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study.

1. Stephen Hawking

1. Stephen Hawking

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Guest appearances on TV shows such as The Simpsons, Futurama and Star Trek: The Next Generation have helped cement English astrophysicist Stephen Hawking’s place in the pop cultural domain. Hawking was born in 1942; and in 1959, when he was 17 years old, he received a scholarship to read physics and chemistry at Oxford University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1962 and then moved on to Cambridge to study cosmology. Diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, Hawking became depressed and almost gave up on his studies. However, inspired by his relationship with his fiancé – and soon to be first wife – Jane Wilde, he returned to his academic pursuits and obtained his Ph.D. in 1965. Hawking is perhaps best known for his pioneering theories on black holes and his bestselling 1988 book A Brief History of Time.

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10 Amazingly Modern University Libraries

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Libraries have been described as “the heart of the university;” and, perhaps in view of this, higher education institutions worldwide have realized the need to contemporize these vital spaces, investing in new technologies and welcoming modern design elements. Leading architects and designers have been brought in to create university libraries that rightly stand as shining beacons of progressive learning, far more than just a collection of books. Read on to find out about 10 amazingly modern university library buildings from around the world.

10. University of California Geisel Library – San Diego, USA

10. University of California Geisel Library – San Diego, USA

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In 2011, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) celebrated the 40th anniversary of its famous library. The distinctive Geisel Library was rechristened in 1995 as a mark of respect for UCSD donors Ted and Audrey Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss and his widow. The tower’s unique architecture has even spawned an “Urban Legends” section on the library’s official website, which includes speculation that it has appeared in the Star Trek series.

The original building was conceived by architect William Pereira in the late 1960s and opened in 1970, and it really is a striking example of brutalist design – and contemporary looking beyond its years. It even features on the UCSD logo.

While the building’s idiosyncratic design has seen it described as “a beacon” and compared to a spaceship, the interior was intended to bring students as near as possible to the books. Still, some must have been sad to hear the university confirm that the library has not, in fact, featured in any Star Trek installment.

9. Macquarie University Library – Sydney, Australia

9. Macquarie University Library – Sydney, Australia

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Filled with more than 1.8 million electronic and print items, the stylish Macquarie University Library is the biggest center of its kind in northern Sydney. Opened in August 2011, the awesome structure was the result of a design concept brief that told companies to “forget everything you think you know about academic libraries.”

Award-winning Australian architectural firm Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp were commissioned with a concept inspired by the campus’ stunning landscape – particularly its forest of eucalypts – and which also took into consideration sustainability and light.

Another important aspect of the concept is the way it was able to favor open floor space over book storage, thanks to the library’s automated retrieval system – a first in Australia. Given that the library receives 5,500 visits a day and has a projected minimum lifespan of four decades, the design also had to be robust and durable.

8. University of Aberdeen Library – Aberdeen, Scotland

8. University of Aberdeen Library – Aberdeen, Scotland

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A 2012 article in The Guardian described the new Aberdeen University Library as “rising like a perfectly geometric glass monolith from a clutter of university structures.” Opened in 2011, it was the first major building project in Aberdeen for some 25 years, and it soars above the surrounding skyline.

The €40 million ($51 million) library was designed by Danish architectural firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen, who planned the building as a cube that recalls the light and ice of the area. Its striking and futuristic design encloses an asymmetrical atrium with sweeping curves that rise diagonally up through all seven floors.

“The University of Aberdeen’s new library will be a meeting place and a cultural center for the students of the University and the Aberdeen community,” remarked founding Schmidt Hammer Lassen partner Morten Schmidt. He went on to add, “The facade of the building will shimmer during the day and glow softly at night, creating a luminous landmark – a beacon – for the whole city of Aberdeen.”

7. Delft University of Technology Library – Delft, The Netherlands

7. Delft University of Technology Library – Delft, The Netherlands

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Completed in 1997, the Delft University of Technology Library was designed by local architectural firm Mecanoo, and the following year, the building’s distinctive design won in the “Buildings of Steel and Hybrid Constructions” category of the Dutch National Steel Prize. 

Natural insulation is provided by the grass-covered roof, which is sloped so that people can walk to the top of the building – and which, from above, gives the impression that the structure has risen out of the ground, pushing the turf upwards.

A steel cone also emerges from the roof, and its skylight serves as the core source of natural illumination for the building, ensuring the library is bright enough to accommodate its one thousand study spaces. The structure’s large windows and columns provide further lighting, adding to the impressive design.

6. Free University of Berlin Philological Library – Berlin, Germany

6. Free University of Berlin Philological Library – Berlin, Germany

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Opened in 2005, the Free University of Berlin’s Philological Library was designed by celebrated British architect Norman Foster. It brings together six of the university’s original courtyards and spans four floors within a naturally-ventilated, egg-like enclosure that was built using aluminum, glazed panels and a steel frame.

Inside, a clear “inner membrane” distils daylight and helps to promote a study-friendly environment. With book stacks centrally situated on each level and reading spaces spread out around the edges, the building’s snaking layout produces a sequence of well-lit areas in which students can work.

This unique library houses 700,000 volumes, and its somewhat cranial likeness has seen it become nicknamed “The Berlin Brain.”

5. Brandenburg University of Technology ICMC – Brandenburg, Germany

5. Brandenburg University of Technology ICMC – Brandenburg, Germany

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Brandenburg University of Technology’s Informations, Kommunikations und Medienzentrum (IKMZ) – or Information, Communication and Media Center (ICMC) – opened in 2004. The building was designed by world-famous Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, well known for their work on contemporary international structures like London’s Tate Modern and the Allianz Arena in Munich.

Swathed in repeated white images and text, the IKMZ’s glazed glass exterior gives the building a striking appearance, but those expecting the monochromatic pattern to be maintained inside may be surprised to find an eye-catching 20-foot-wide, pink-and-green staircase.

The shape of the building has been compared to an amoeba, and despite its seemingly random façade, the design is the result of a well planned and tested arrangement based around movement.

4. University of Warsaw Library – Warsaw, Poland

4. University of Warsaw Library – Warsaw, Poland

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Roman philosopher Cicero once said, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” And when Poland’s Warsaw University redeveloped its library in the 1990s, architects Marek Budzyński and Zbigniew Badowski seemed to agree.

Opened in December 1999, the new design – which was even blessed by Pope John Paul II – marries nature and culture. Its green exterior features huge tablets that pay homage to the cultural domain with mathematical formulas, musical notation, and classical texts written in different scripts – including Old Polish, Hebrew and Classical Greek.

To top it off, there’s a one-hectare, two-level botanical garden on the roof of the building that was conceived by landscape architect Irena Bajerska. Also featuring a stream and water cascade, it’s one of Europe’s biggest roof gardens and is open to the public.

3. University of Chicago Joe & Rika Mansueto Library – Chicago, USA

3. University of Chicago Joe & Rika Mansueto Library – Chicago, USA

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Opened in 2011, the Joe & Rika Mansueto Library was named after Chicago investment research firm Morningstar, Inc.’s founder Joe Mansueto and his wife Rika, who donated $25 million to the project.

Designed by noted German-American architect Helmut Jahn, the library seats up to 180 students under a gleaming glass dome that was built with a gently angled axis as a nod to the Henry Moore monument, which is close by. The glass blocks 73 percent of incoming solar heat but lets in 50 percent of the visible light, enabling students to work in natural sunlight without getting too hot.

With an aim towards “the library of the future,” the intention here was to create an agreeable environment that encouraged serious learning. And below the 8,000-square-foot Grand Reading Room, an advanced book retrieval system allows a phenomenal amount of texts to be stored in a seventh of the space that would be occupied by regular library shelving.

2. Galway-Mayo Institute Of Technology Library – Galway, Ireland

2. Galway-Mayo Institute Of Technology Library – Galway, Ireland

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The brief for the new Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology library in Galway, western Ireland was exacting, with the building needing to accommodate 600 students, plus book storage and study areas, as well as incorporating cutting-edge IT facilities.

Notwithstanding, Irish firm de Blacam & Meagher rose to the challenge to create a stunning and award-winning structure with a total volume of 1.06 million cubic feet (30,000 cubic meters). In the development, they used dynamic thermal modeling – at the time a young and developing technology in Ireland – to produce the building’s sophisticated facade.

The striking exterior provides shade from the southerly sun but also allows natural light entering the glazed east side of the building to bathe the library’s reading spaces. The design also uses natural ventilation, which is more cost-effective than mechanical cooling, offering both minimal energy consumption and increased comfort for students and staff.

1. Tama Art University Library – Tokyo, Japan

1. Tama Art University Library – Tokyo, Japan

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Completed in 2007, the Tama Art University Library in Tokyo was designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito. A key aspect of the concept was creating an open space for the entire university faculty – and the result is a stunning construction, both inside and out.

The ground level gallery passage allows those walking across the campus to enter, even if they are not heading to the library itself. Meanwhile, large arches constructed from concrete-covered steel plates have been configured to follow a series of curved lines. Intersecting at various points, they give the impression that the sloped floor and picturesque front garden carry on right into the building interior.

The arches also gently separate the library spaces and help to facilitate the building’s spatial continuity, as well as letting in natural light. In 2013, Ito was awarded the esteemed Pritzker Architecture Prize.

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Smart Choice Top 25 Online Colleges for Engineering Management Degrees

SuperScholar’s Smart Choice ranking of the best universities for online Engineering Management degrees was designed to help you make a smart choice about where to pursue an Engineering Management degree online. Engineers with a strong understanding of business, management and leadership are in high demand, and an online degree in Engineering Management from a top ranked university can help set yourself apart from the competition. best-online-engineering-management

The Value of an Engineering Management Degree

According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2010 median pay for Architectural and Engineering Managers was $119,260 per year, or $57.34 per hour. A bachelor’s degree in Engineering and significant work experience is typically required to become an Engineering Manager, with a Master’s in Engineering or Technology Management preferred by many employers. Employment for Engineering Managers is expected to grow by about 9% over the next decade, which is slightly lower than the average growth rate for all other occupations. MSN Careers ranks architectural and engineering managers #6 in their list of the best-paying jobs of the 21st century.

Advantages of an Online Engineering Management Program

While just as intellectually demanding as a traditional Engineering Management degree program, online programs in Engineering Management offer increased flexibility and the opportunity for students to continue working while they study. With an increasing number of elite engineering schools and business colleges offering online Engineering Management degrees, student who choose to study online can now earn a degree with just as much prestige and marketing power as traditional on-campus students.

How We Selected the Smart Choice Colleges for Online Engineering Management Degrees

For our Smart Choice ranking of the top colleges for online Engineering Management degrees only regionally accredited colleges and universities listed in the National Center for Education Statistics database were considered. Qualifying schools were then evaluated and ranked based on publicly available information regarding academic reputation, special accreditation, student satisfaction, and cost. The result is a list of top online schools for Engineering Management that can help you decided the online Engineering Management degree that is the smartest choice for you.

#1. Purdue University

Located in West Lafayette, IN., Purdue University was established in 1869. In addition to its main campus, PU offers four regional campuses. The Princeton Review listed Purdue University among the top 150 Best Value colleges for 2013. Three of Purdue’s MBA programs are ranked in the top 20 in the world by Eduniversal.

Online Programs
Purdue University offers an online Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) with a concentration in engineering management and leadership. In addition to the MSE, students can earn a Certificate in Global Management. The MSE program prepares engineers for leadership positions in the 21st century. Students explore topics such as management economics, applied ergonomics, financial engineering and quality control while increasing their technical and engineering skills. Twenty-one credit hours are engineering courses from PU; 12 credits are business courses from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Accreditation
Purdue University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Purdue’s College of Engineering has special accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#2. University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is a world-renowned private research university located in Los Angeles, California. USC enrolls more international students than any other university in the United States. The university’s graduate engineering school is ranked among the top 10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Online Programs
USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering offers around 30 of its 50 master’s degree programs online through the university’s Engineering Distance Education Network. The Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEMT) degree is one of the degrees that can be earned completely online. Online students can also choose to hybridize the program by attending some classes on campus. The online MSEMT is the full equivalent of the onsite program. Requirements for the degree include 18 units from the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) department, 9 elective units, and at least three more units for a minimum total of 30.

Accreditation
The University of Southern California is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and has been a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) since 1969. The School of Engineering has special accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#3. Stanford University

Stanford University is a top-ranked private research university in California’s Silicon Valley. The Stanford Center for Professional Development was established in 1954 as a part-time graduate program for professionals in the engineering and technology industries. Today, SCPD is a way for students to take Stanford University courses while maintaining a full-time career.

Online Programs
Students with an appropriate background in math and science can earn a degree online through the Stanford Center’s Master of Science Program in Management Science and Engineering. The degree requires at least five core classes, three or more courses in a concentration, a course in probability, a project, and elective courses. There are 45 units required in total, and most students earn their degrees in three to five years. The MS degree program in Management Science and Engineering must be completed within five years of the starting date. All courses are available online, and students have the option of attending many classes on campus.

Accreditation
Stanford University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The School of Engineering is accredited by The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#4. University of Texas at Austin

With over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the University of Texas at Austin has the fifth-largest enrollment of any campus in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Austin as the 46th best university in the nation. The publication also ranks UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering as the 8th best graduate engineering school.

Online Programs
UT offers an online version of its Master of Science in Engineering degree with a concentration in Engineering Management. Students can earn the degree in two years. Like the onsite version, online classes are held on one Friday and one Saturday each month. The degree program consists of courses in engineering management, integrated circuits and systems, and software engineering.

Accreditation
The University of Texas at Austin is accredited by the Commission on Colleges (COC) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The Cockrell School of Engineering is specially accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#5. Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University is a public research university in Norfolk, Virginia. The school was established in 1930 and achieved university status in 1969. The graduate engineering programs at ODU are ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Online Programs
ODU is a leader in distance learning, and the university offers a complete Engineering Management (MEM) degree program online. The MEM degree at ODU is run by the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering of the university’s Frank Batten College of Engineering & Technology. Students can watch live streaming videos of their classes on a website, allowing them to interact with teachers in real time. They can also attend a combination of online and onsite classes. To earn a degree, students must complete 18 credit hours of core classes, 12 credit hours of electives, and a capstone course.

Accreditation
Old Dominion University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC). ODU’s College of Engineering & Technology also has special accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#6. University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Madison is a public university that can trace its roots back to the founding of the state of Wisconsin in 1848. The academic institution has the distinction of being the location of many significant scientific findings throughout its history. U.S. News & World Report has rated the graduate engineering programs that are available through the university’s online branch as the eighth best in the country.

Online Programs
University of Wisconsin-Madison offers an online Master of Engineering in Professional Practice (MEPP) degree program. Coursework is geared toward engineering professionals with experience in the field, and the academic experience is intended to prepare current engineers for managerial and supervisory positions. Classes focus on engineering concepts, leadership in the field of engineering and quality assurance. The length of the program varies according to student schedules, but most students earn their degree within two years.

Accreditation
University of Wisconsin-Madison is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The University’s College of Engineering has special accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#7. Duke University

Duke University is a prestigious private research university in Durham, North Carolina. The university spent just under a billion dollars on research in 2010. Duke is ranked 8th among United States universities by U.S. News & World Report and the Pratt School of Engineering is widely regarded as one of the best in the nation.

Program Overview
Duke’s online Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program is offered by the Pratt School of Engineering, with support from the university’s Fuqua School of Business and the Duke School of Law. The distance option is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals. The onsite requirement of this Distributed Master of Engineering Management Program (d-MEMP) consists of three one-week residencies on campus. Online students can choose from Commercialization, Finance, or Operations Management for their concentrations. The addition of technical electives gives students a broad framework of engineering knowledge. Distance learners receive the same degree as onsite students, and the method of obtaining the degree is not indicated on transcripts or diplomas.

Accreditation
Duke is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The Pratt School of Engineering has special accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#8. University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado-Boulder was founded a few months before Colorado became a state in 1876. U.S. News & World Report ranks CU-Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science as the 35th best engineering school in the country. The university is described as a “Public Ivy League” university in the book The Public Ivies: America’s Flagship Public Universities.

Program Overview
Since it was established in 1987, the Lockheed Martin Engineering Management degree program at CU-Boulder has been available through distance learning. The Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree in Engineering Management requires 30 credits. The credits must be earned through six core classes, four electives, and either a master’s exam or a capstone project. Applicants must have two years of post-baccalaureate work experience, a degree in engineering or a technical field, and a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Accreditation
The University of Colorado-Boulder is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The College of Engineering and Applied Science enjoys accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#9. Arizona State University

Arizona State University was established in 1885 as the Tempe Normal School, and it became an accredited university in 1958. Today, in addition to the main campus in Tempe, ASU has several satellite locations throughout the state. U.S. News and World Report rated ASU 15th out of public universities in the country for its online degree programs, and the online graduate engineering program was ranked 23rd in the nation by the same publication.

Program Overview
The Master of Engineering in engineering management is offered through the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. This is an online interdisciplinary program that assists students in building their technical and analytical skills and provides valuable leadership and management training. ASU’s online programs feature rolling admission dates, and courses are taught by the same highly qualified instructors who teach regular classes.

Accreditation
ASU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The online program is part of the Quality Matters review program, which is designed to maintain the integrity of online classes. The Fulton School of Engineering has special accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#10. University of Dayton

University of Dayton is a private university affiliated with the Catholic Church. The urban campus represents the largest private university in Ohio, and the academic institution is primarily a research university. The university is listed as having one of the top 100 engineering programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. There are approximately 11,000 students enrolled in a degree program through the on-campus and online branches of the school.

Program Overview
University of Dayton offers an online Master of Science in Engineering Management degree. The degree program allows current engineering professionals to study for a managerial position within their field. Courses are available throughout the year to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals, and a student may begin the program at any time. Coursework is balanced between learning leadership and technical skills, and the entire program requires the completion of 36 credit hours.

Accreditation
University of Dayton is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The School of Engineering enjoys special accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#11. Colorado State University

Founded in 1870 as the Agricultural College of Colorado, Colorado State University has grown into an internationally known research institution that offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees through eight colleges. U.S. News and World Report ranked CSU 67th among public universities nationwide in 2013. Forbes ranked CSU among the top 100 Best Buy Colleges in 2012. Based in Fort Collins, Co., CSU has a second campus in Pueblo; its online Global Campus was established in 2007.

Program Overview
Colorado State University’s online master’s degree in engineering management merges the fields of engineering and business. Students learn how to integrate managerial concepts with the technical skills acquired as an undergraduate. Managerial concepts include business communication, analysis and finance; project management; and acquisition and supply change management. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required. Completing the program prepares students to lead engineering projects and teams in the public, private, government and military sectors.

Accreditation
Colorado State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The College of Engineering has special accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#12. Drexel University

Drexel University is a private Philadelphia university that was founded in 1891. The university has won the 2010 Sloan-C Award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education and the USDLA 21st Century Distance Learning Award. Drexel’s College of Engineering is ranked among the best by U.S. News & World Report.

Program Overview
Drexel’s online Engineering Management master’s degree program is designed to prepare scientists and engineers for executive positions. Students can choose to further specialize in Infrastructure Engineering Management. The program consists of 36 quarter credits of core classes and five elective courses. These courses are available in 10-week quarters. The program is flexible, and students work with advisors to create personalized plans. They can choose both the number of courses taken each term and the number of terms attended in a year. Most online students take one or two classes a quarter and earn their Engineering Management master’s degrees in two to four years.

Accreditation
Drexel University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS). Drexel has special accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#13. Washington State University

Washington State University was established in 1890, and the university has been awarding Master’s degrees since 1902. The university is ranked 57th in the U.S. News and World Report of 2011. Two professors in the College of Engineering and Architecture are members of the National Academy of Engineering, the most prestigious honor in the field.

Program Overview
Washington State University offers an online Master of Engineering and Technology Management. The university’s Engineering and Technology Management program was initially established in 1982. The degree requires 30 semester hours of coursework. Additionally, students must complete a non-thesis project or an examination to be awarded the degree. The program utilizes video-streaming and video-conferencing to provide classroom material. Beginning this year students can choose to specialize in Construction Management.

Accreditation
Washington State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The College of Engineering and Architecture is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#14. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the oldest university in Nebraska, was established in 1869 to provide a center of research and education to the state. The university has produced three Nobel Prize winners and recipients of other prestigious awards. The College of Engineering has offered distance learning options for more than 25 years.

Program Overview
University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers an online Master of Engineering (MEng) degree with a concentration in Engineering Management. The Management courses are offered through the College of Business Administration. The program is intended for students with an existing degree in engineering or significant experience in a related field. This non-thesis program was created for working professionals. This 100% online program is completed in four 10-week sessions.

Accreditation
University of Nebraska-Lincoln is nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The College of Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#15. Kansas State University

Established in 1863, Kansas State University is the oldest public university in Kansas. The university enrolls almost 24,000 students from 90 countries and all 50 US states. When compared to other public universities, K-State stands out for its numerous Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall scholars.

Program Overview
The Master’s in Engineering Management (MEM) program at Kansas State is offered by the university’s Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering department (IMSE). All courses are delivered online, and the program is open to students worldwide. Students are taught the skills necessary to manage resources and accomplish complex technical tasks. The MEM degree at K-State consists of 30 credit hours, and a 3.0 GPA or higher is required for completion. Students must also complete three years of full-time work experience before they get their degrees. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in either engineering or natural science.

Accreditation
Since 1916, Kansas State University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The College of Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#16. New Jersey Institute of Technology

The New Jersey Institute of Technology was established in Newark in 1881. The university trademarked the term “virtual classroom” and offers a variety of degrees and courses online. U.S. News & World Report ranked NJIT as the 115th best university in the nation in 2010.

Program Overview
NJIT’s online Master of Science in Engineering Management (MS-EM) degree program combines the resources of the university’s Newark College of Engineering and the School of Management. Students must complete 18 core units in courses such as Management Accounting and Decision Support Systems for Managers. The degree also requires 12 units of cost engineering courses. Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, or a closely related area with a GPA of 2.8 or higher.

Accreditation
The New Jersey Institute of Technology is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). NJIT’s Master of Science in Engineering Management degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC of ABET).

#17. Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University (TTU) is a public university in Lubbock, Texas founded in 1925. TTU’s Whitacre College of Engineering has been ranked among the top 100 engineering schools in the country, and in the top 50 for online engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report.

Program Overview
Texas Tech University offers an online Master of Science in Systems and Engineering Management through the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering. The program was designed in response to the growing demand for managers with business and management savvy along with strong engineering, science and tech backgrounds. The program requires 36 credit hours for completion and students can choose to take as many, or as few, courses per semester as they would like. Courses are completed primarily online, with some Interactive Video Conferencing also required.

Accreditation
Texas Tech University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Many of its engineering programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#18. Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State was founded in 1890. It has over 19,000 students and operates five campuses. Forbes ranked it the 134th best research university in the United States.

Program Overview
Oklahoma State University offers a 32-credit Engineering and Technology Management degree. This is an online master’s degree for scientists, technical managers and engineers. The program’s courses are provided by the Spears School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. Students learn how to manage people, equipment, projects and money. The courses also provide information on manufacturing, communication and accounting. The university only offers this degree to professionals with technical careers. It uses streaming video to facilitate online instruction. Students can participate in live classes and watch recorded lectures.

Accreditation
The Higher Learning Commission accredits Oklahoma State University. The three schools that supply courses for this degree also possess separate accreditation. The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#19. Ohio University

Ohio University is located in Athens, OH. Established in 1804 through an act of Ohio’s General Assembly, OU opened its doors in 1808. In addition to its Athens campus nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians, Ohio University serves students through five regional campuses located in central and southern Ohio. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked OU 65th in the nation among public universities. Twelve of the university’s graduate programs have been ranked in the top 100 nationwide by U.S. News and World Report.

Program Overview
Ohio University offers a 100 percent online Master of Engineering Management degree through the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. The program offers students the opportunity to supplement their technical expertise with management and leadership skills. Courses include engineering law, engineering writing, engineering statistics and project management. Students can complete the program in about two years.

Accreditation
Ohio University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It maintains accreditation through the Academic Quality Improvement Program. The Russ College of Engineering and Technology is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#20. University of North Carolina at Charlotte

University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a public research university that was originally established to serve returning World War II veterans. The university currently serves more than 25,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. The College of Engineering has been providing education in different areas of engineering for almost 50 years.

Program Overview
University of North Carolina at Charlotte offers an online Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) degree. Some professors may require proctored exams. The fast-track program to degree completion requires 12 months to graduate. The fast-track option requires four courses in the spring, four courses in the fall, and two courses in the summer. The program requires a total of 30-credit hours, and it can be completed with or without a thesis.

Accreditation
University of North Carolina at Charlotte is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The College of Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#21. University of Michigan-Dearborn

The University of Michigan-Dearborn was established in 1959 on 196 acres of land donated by the Ford Motor Company. One of three campuses in the University of Michigan system, the Dearborn campus offers 90 academic majors, 28 graduate programs, and three doctoral degree programs. According to U.S. News & World Report, the University of Michigan-Dearborn is the 4th best master’s-level public school in the Midwest.

Program Overview
The M.S. in Engineering Management program is one of five graduate degree programs offered by UM-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. The program requires 36 credit hours and is available entirely online. 31 credit hours are earned through 13 required courses. The remaining five can be completed through a thesis or a project seminar. Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree in engineering. They can also qualify with a degree in math, computer science, or a physical science coupled with at least five years of engineering experience.

Accreditation
The University of Michigan-Dearborn is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The College of Engineering and Computer Science is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#22. University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is one of three other universities and two affiliates in the University of Tennessee system. The university is known for its outstanding athletics and nationally ranked programs. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTC as one of the best universities in the South.

Program Overview
The M.S. Engineering Management program at UTC is available in its entirety online. The degree is for students with backgrounds in engineering or science who intend to begin careers in management. Courses are available in subjects such as strategic management, leadership and entrepreneurship, and engineering finance. The program requires at least 18 semester hours in core classes and 15 semester hours of electives. Like the other graduate programs at UTC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, the M.S. Engineering Management degree program fully prepares students for professional careers.

Accreditation
The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC). The College of Engineering and Computer Science is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#23. Penn State World Campus

Penn State World Campus became the 25th campus of The Pennsylvania State University in 1998. The World Campus is Penn State’s distance learning institution, and all of its classes are conducted online. Penn State World Campus’ engineering programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Program Overview
The Penn State online Master of Engineering Management (MEM) degree program is taught by faculty from Penn State Great Valley and Penn State Harrisburg. The program is designed to prepare students for engineering management careers in areas like biomedical engineering, research and development, medical manufacturing, the federal government, and the aerospace industry. MEM students at Penn State World Campus learn technical skills in engineering as well as business and leadership skills. The program consists of 33 credit hours. Applicants are required to have earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering, math, science, or physics.

Accreditation
Penn State World Campus and all of its programs are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS).

#24. Robert Morris University

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The university currently enrolls more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. SuperScholar listed Robert Morris University as one of its top 10 “Smart Choice” schools for online Master’s degrees.

Program Overview
Robert Morris University offers an online Master of Science (MS) in Engineering Management degree. Students can pursue a thesis or non-thesis program course, but students must complete 30 credit hours of coursework for either option. The School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science boasts a 96% job placement rate for graduates, and many graduates report a higher annual salary after completing the MS in Engineering Management degree.

Accreditation
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is the accrediting body for Robert Morris University. While Master’s programs in engineering are rarely granted accreditation, the undergraduate engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

#25. Western New England University

Western New England University is a school in Springfield, Massachusetts that has been awarding baccalaureate degrees since 1922. Engineering programs at the university were introduced in the 1950s. The university now offers degree programs ranging from bachelor’s degrees to Ph.D programs that can be pursued both on-campus and online. Nearly 4,000 students are currently enrolled in the university.

Program Overview
Western New England University offers an online Master of Science in Engineering Management program that is designed to provide the flexibility that engineering professionals need while pursuing higher education. Depending on how many terms a student enrolls in the online program each year, it is possible for a student to earn their M.S. in engineering management in only one year. Coursework is related to quality assurance, supply chain management, project management and cost analysis. Students must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering prior to enrolling in the graduate program.

Accreditation
Western New England University is regionally accredited the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The College of Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

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The Best Online MBA Programs of 2012

At SuperScholar we are about connecting people to ideas and opportunities that will help them lead smarter and more successful lives. That’s why we’ve put together our first annual Smart Choice ranking of the best online MBA programs. This is one of the few online MBA program rankings based on real data about online MBA schools and will help you find the best online MBA for your unique interests and needs. If you still need to complete an undergraduate program before starting an MBA, be sure to check out our Smart Choice ranking of the best online bachelor’s in business degree programs.

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The Value of an Accredited Online MBA Degree

A high-quality MBA has become increasingly important for career advancement and success in today’s ultra-competitive global business environment. For many companies it is a requirement when hiring or promoting for management and leadership positions. Although it may require a considerable sacrifice of time and money in the short term, earning a top MBA from an accredited, highly ranked MBA program is generally a good investment value for the long term. Online MBA rankings can help you find which business schools offer the best MBA programs available over the internet. We researched all of the AACSB and regionally accredited distance MBA programs in the United States in order to come up with the most objective and comprehensive ranking of online MBA programs based on quality, marketability and affordability.

The Popularity and Credibility of Online MBA Programs

The popularity of online MBA programs continue to grow. With an increasing numbers of students unable or unwilling to sacrifice their jobs or family responsibilities to earn a top MBA, many are turning to online and distance learning MBA programs that allow them to earn an MBA from home and on their own time. It is estimated that there are currently over 11,000 students enrolled in AACSB accredited online MBA schools. To keep up with the growing demand for online MBA programs opened up by advances in internet technology, several top ranked MBA programs have made it possible for students to earn a great MBA completely online. This has led to significant growth in the prestige and credibility of online MBA programs which is only expected to continue in the future. Continued…

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Most Affordable Schools for Online Masters Degree Programs

most-affordable-online-mastersWhile an online master’s degree is generally a good long-term investment, an increasingly competitive job market and rising tuition costs make finding an affordable online school with respected accreditation and a solid reputation is especially important. To help make the process simpler and easier, we put together a ranking of the best accredited online universities with the most affordable master’s degrees online.

1. Western Governors University
2. Sullivan University
3. Capella University
4. Fort Hays State University
5. Baker College Online
6. Walden University
7. Kaplan University Online
8. Liberty University Online
9. Saint Leo University Online
10. Colorado State University-Global Campus

This is more than a ranking of the cheapest online master’s degree programs. Online universities with the cheapest tuition are not always the most affordable options in the long run. The cheapest online master’s degree may not be worth anything at all if its not from an accredited online school that employers recognize and trust. That’s why for this ranking of the cheapest online universities for online master’s degrees we only considered accredited online colleges with a broad selection of online master’s degrees and a good reputation.

#1. Western Governors University

Western Governors University is a private, nonprofit, online college established by the governors of several western states. This unconventional institution measures student progress based on demonstrated competency rather than credit hours and is transforming the way online and adult education is done.

Online Master’s Programs
WGU offers more than 25 accredited, online master’s degrees, including numerous specializations in Science Education and Nursing. Tuition is set a a flat rate ranging from $2,890-3,250 per term, with students able to complete as many competency units during that time as they are able.

Accreditation
WGU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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#2. Sullivan University

Sullivan University is a private university founded in 1962 as a career college. Today Sullivan offers everything from associate’s to a doctorate of pharmacy, as well as some of the most affordable online master’s degrees around.

Online Master’s Programs
Sullivan University offers six accredited, online master’s degrees, as well as three MBA concentrations. Tuition runs from $283-375 per credit depending on the program.

Accreditation
Sullivan University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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#3. Capella University

Capella University is a private university dedicated to reaching underserved adult student populations with affordable online degrees. Based in Minneapolis, Capella offers a number of accredited, online Master’s degree programs.

Online Master’s Programs
Capella University offers perhaps the largest number of online master’s degrees of the schools on our list, including the highly sought Master of Public Administration and MS in Nursing. Capella charges between $375 and $614 per credit hour for tuition, depending on the program.

Accreditation
Capella University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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#4. Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays State University is a public university in Hays, Kansas. FHSU is the fourth-largest of the six Kansas Board of Regents universities, but the fastest-growing, with some of the most economical accredited online master’s degrees in America.

Online Master’s Programs
FHSU offers 11 fully online, accredited master’s degrees, including Nursing and Education. At only $241 per credit hour, it is among the most affordable online master’s degrees we could find.

Accreditation
Fort Hays State University Virtual College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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#5. Baker College Online

Baker College is a private career college originally inspired by the automotive boom of the 1910s. Today Baker offers exceptionally affordable and respected online master’s degree programs.

Online Master’s Programs
Baker College offers a dozen accredited online master’s degrees, including programs in Information Systems and Business. At only $375 per credit hour, Bakers master’s degree programs are affordable and convenient.

Accreditation
Baker College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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#6. Walden University

Walden University was founded in 1970 as progressive education experiment for working adults. Today Walden’s online Master’s programs provide affordable degrees while helping students work toward positive social change.

Online Master’s Programs
Walden University offers many degrees in fields such as Criminal Justice, Health and Nursing, and Public Policy and Nonprofit Management. Tuition ranges between $410 and $700 per credit hour depending on the program.

Accreditation
Walden University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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#7. Kaplan University Online

Kaplan University is a private university system named for Stanley H. Kaplan, founder of Kaplan Test Prep. Kaplan includes 10 campuses and some of the most affordable online degree programs in the United States.

Online Master’s Programs
Kaplan University offers 20 accredited, online master’s degrees, most of them Master of Science in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Criminal Justice. Tuition is an economical $441 per credit hour.

Accreditation
Kaplan University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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#8. Liberty University Online

Liberty University has grown tremendously in its short existence into the largest private university in the nation. Founded in 1971 by Rev. Jerry Falwell, Liberty continues its commitment to conservative evangelical values and high quality educational opportunities.

Online Master’s Programs
Liberty Online offers more than 20 accredited, online master’s degrees, most with many specializations for added value. At $465 per credit hour, Liberty probably has most programs a student might be interested in, at an affordable rate.

Accreditation
Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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#9. Saint Leo University Online

Saint Leo University operates as a highly-ranked liberal arts university, with a grounding in Benedictine education. The university is a leader in online learning and a top-ten military-friendly school with a reputation much larger than its small size.

Online Master’s Programs
Saint Leo University offers 18 accredited, online master’s degrees, including numerous specialized MBAs, at $470 per credit hour.

Accreditation
Saint Leo University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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#10. Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) is an independent, 100% online, fully accredited public campus in the Colorado State University System. CSU-Global is ranked #99 by U.S. News & World Report for “Best Online Graduate Business Degree Programs.”

Online Master’s Programs
Colorado State University-Global Campus offers several accredited online master’s degrees in management, criminal justice, healthcare, and more. CSU-Global charges $500 per credit hour, still a solid bargain for a respected master’s degree.

Accreditation
Colorado State University-Global Campus is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Most Affordable Schools for Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs

most-affordable-online-bachelorsFor many students, the struggling economy has made affordability and post-graduation jobs prospects priority concerns when choosing a degree program. To help students with their search, we’ve put together this tuition rankings of the top accredited online colleges with the most affordable bachelors degrees online.

This is not a straightforward ranking of the cheapest online bachelor’s degree programs. The fact is, the cheapest online degrees may save students money in the short term, but they may also end up being more expensive than a higher priced program in the long run if they are from non-accredited schools that lack recognition and respect in the job market. Our ranking of the most inexpensive online bachelor’s degrees takes a long term approach to affordability by taking into account tuition costs, accreditation, and market reputation. The idea is to help students find an affordable online bachelor’s program that will also improve their chances of landing a good job or promotion upon completion.

#1. Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays State University is a public university in Hays, Kansas. One of six Kansas Board of Regents universities, FHSU is the fourth-largest but fastest-growing and offers the most affordable accredited online bachelor’s degrees on our list.

Online Bachelor’s Degrees
FHSU offers nearly 30 accredited online bachelor’s degrees, with such desirable programs as Information Networking and Telecommunications, Marketing, and Nursing RN to BSN. At only $178.30 per credit hour, it’s the most affordable accredited online bachelor’s degree out there.

Accreditation
Fort hays State University Virtual College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#2. Baker College

Baker College is a respected private career college originally founded in the automotive boom of the early 20th century. Today Baker offers exceptionally affordable, accredited online bachelor’s degrees in a variety of subjects.

Online Bachelor’s Degrees
Baker College offers 20 accredited online bachelor’s degrees in Business, Information Systems, Computer Science, and several other in-demand fields. Tuition is only $210 per credit hour, making Baker College a great value.

Accreditation
Baker College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#3. Western Governors University

Western Governors University is a private, nonprofit, all-online college founded by the governors of 19 western states. An unconventional institution that measures student progress by competency rather than credit hours, WGU has been recognized for its quality and innovation by a number of publications.

Online Bachelor’s Degrees
WGU offers more than 20 accredited online bachelor’s degrees in Teaching, Business, Information Technologies, and Health Professions. At $240 per competency unit (rather than credit hour), a bachelor’s degree from WGU is an exceptionally affordable option.

Accreditation
WGU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

#4. Columbia College

Columbia College is a private liberal arts college in Columbia, Missouri. In addition to its main campuses, Columbia College provides education on military bases and through its growing online campus.

Online Bachelor’s Degrees
Columbia College offers 11 accredited, online bachelor’s degrees, including Criminal Justice, Human Services, and Business Administration programs. Columbia’s $240 per credit hour tuition makes for an economical education opportunity.

Accreditation
Columbia College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#5. Oregon State University Ecampus

Oregon State University is a major public research university in Corvallis, Oregon. OSU Ecampus students benefit from the same quality faculty and receive the same diploma as their on-campus counterparts.

Online Bachelor’s Degrees
Oregon State University Ecampus offers 15 accredited, online bachelor’s degrees, including new offerings in Environmental Economics and Policy, German, and Sociology. At only $260 per credit hour, OSU provides a very inexpensive online degree option.

Accreditation
Oregon State University Ecampus is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

#6. Walden University

Founded as a progressive educational experiment, Walden University began providing working adults with an education while also working for positive social change. Today Walden’s online degrees are both respected and exceptionally affordable.

Online Bachelor’s Degrees
Walden University offers nearly 20 accredited online bachelor degrees in a variety of fields. At only $280 per credit hour, Walden offers some of the cheapest online programs around.

Accreditation
Walden University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#7. Capella University

Capella University is a private institution reaching underserved adult populations with affordable online degrees. Based in Minneapolis, Capella is noted for offering challenging academic programs and a supportive campus environment.

Online Bachelor’s Degrees
Capella University offers 22 accredited, online bachelor of science degrees, with many offerings in information technology. Tuition for online bachelor programs ranges between $290 and $350 per credit hour.

Accreditation
Capella University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#8. Herzing University

Herzing University is a private career college originally founded as a computer training school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and retaining a reputation for science and technology programs. Despite a dozen brick and mortar campuses, most of Herzing’s students earn their degree online.

Online Bachelor’s Degrees
Herzing University offers 21 accredited, online bachelor’s degrees in Healthcare, Business, Technology, Design, and Public Safety at only $300 per credit hour.

Accreditation
Herzing University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission.

#9. American InterContinental University

American InterContinental University is a private, career-oriented college with multiple campuses throughout the United States. Most AIU students earn their degree through the school’s online campus, AIU Online.

Online Bachelor’s Degrees
AIU offers more than 20 accredited, online bachelor’s degrees in Business, Information Technology, and Criminal Justice, with many specializations available for each. Tuition for online bachelor degrees is $302 per credit hour.

Accreditation
American InterContinental University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

#10. Colorado Technical University

Colorado Technical University is a private career university specializing in business, management, and technology. CTU operates campuses in Colorado and other midwestern states, as well as a large online degree division.

Online Bachelor’s Degrees
CTU offers more than 35 accredited online bachelor’s degrees in fields such as Business Administration, Information Systems and Technology, and Security Studies at $305 per credit hour.

Accreditation
Colorado Technical University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Most Affordable Schools for Online Associate’s Degrees

most-affordable-online-associatesAffordability is an important consideration for students looking to earn their associates degree online. While an online associates degree is generally a good long-term investment, an increasingly competitive job market and rising tuition costs make finding affordable online schools with respected accreditation and a solid reputation more important, and more difficult, than ever before. To help make the process simpler and easier, we created a ranking of the best accredited online colleges with the most affordable associate’s degrees online.

This is not simply a ranking of the cheapest online associates degree programs. Online schools with the cheapest tuition are not always the most affordable options in the long run. The cheapest online associates degree may not be worth anything at all if its not from an accredited online school that employers recognize and trust. That’s why for this ranking of the cheapest online colleges for online associates degree we only considered accredited online colleges with a broad selection of online associates degrees and a good reputation in the marketplace.

#1. Baker College Online

Baker College is a private, non-profit college in Flint, Michigan. A career-oriented college, Baker College was originally founded in 1911 to prepare students for work in the booming automotive industry. Since then the school has expanded considerably, founding several new campuses and developing a strong online presence. Baker College is our selection for the best college with the most affordable online associates degree programs.

Associate’s Degrees
Baker College offers several accredited online associate’s degrees in Business and Applied Sciences, including programs in Accounting, Management, and IT Support Services. At only $210 per credit hour, Baker College offers some of the cheapest accredited associate’s degree programs out there.

Accreditation
Baker College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#2. Ivy Bridge College

Ivy Bridge College is a part of Tiffin University, a private university in Tiffin, Ohio. While the online college has its own name, a degree from Ivy Bridge is a degree from Tiffin, an accredited comprehensive university with an outstanding reputation.

Associate’s Degrees
Ivy Bridge offers accredited online associate’s degrees in General Studies, Criminal Justice, and Business Administration, with a number of specializations. Courses run from $265-$354 per credit hour, depending on number of credit hours completed, making Ivy Bridge one of the most affordable online schools.

Accreditation
Ivy Bridge College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#3. American InterContinental University

American InterContinental University is a private university originally founded as a fashion college. AIU has since expanded into a multi-campus career college for working professionals in a variety of fields. AIU has open admissions and is one of the most affordable schools for online associate’s degrees.

Associate’s Degrees
AIU offers accredited online associate’s degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Visual Communication, among other areas, with tuition set at $302 per credit hour.

Accreditation
American InterContinental University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

#4. Colorado Technical University

Colorado Technical University (CTU) is a private career university founded as a technical college in 1965. Now a comprehensive university, CTU offers affordable degree programs at every level, with many of them available to completed entirely online.

Associate’s Degrees
CTU offers numerous accredited online Associate of Science degrees in Business and Management, Engineering and Computer Science, Health Sciences, Information Systems and Technology, Security Studies, and more, with tuition starting at $305 per credit hour.

Accreditation
Colorado Technical University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#5. Kaplan University

Kaplan University is one of the largest online colleges in the world. Named for Stanley H. Kaplan, founded of Kaplan Test Prep, Kaplan includes 10 campuses across the country and one of the most affordable online programs anywhere.

Associate’s Degrees
Kaplan University offers several accredited online associate’s degree programs in Arts and Sciences, Business, Criminal Justice, Health Sciences, Legal Studies, Nursing, and Technology. Tuition is only $305 per credit hour, making Kaplan one of the cheapest online colleges for an associate’s degree.

Accreditation
Kaplan University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#6. Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University is a private university located in Manchester and Hooksett, New Hampshire. SNHU has a well-respected business program that is accredited by both the ACBSP and the European Council for Business Education. SNHU’s distance associate’s degree programs are a great value for its reputation.

Associate’s Degrees
Southern New Hampshire University offers accredited online associate’s degrees at only $320 per credit hour in Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Information Technology, Fashion Merchandising, Justice Studies, Liberal Arts, and Marketing.

Accreditation
Southern New Hampshire University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

#7. Liberty University Online

Liberty University has grown tremendously in its short existence into the largest private university in the nation, with the vast majority of its students completing degrees online. Founded in 1971 by Rev. Jerry Falwell, Liberty is committed to conservative Evangelical values and providing high quality, affordable education.

Online Associate’s Degree Programs
Liberty University offers several accredited online associate’s degrees, including highly-desired programs such as Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Paralegal at only $325 per credit hour.

Accreditation
Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

#8. Rasmussen College

Founded in 1900, Rasmussen College is one of the oldest private, for-profit colleges, with campuses in Minnesota, Illinois, North Dakota, Florida, and Wisconsin. Rasmussen’s online campus was founded in 2002, since growing into one of the most respected and affordable online schools.

Associate’s Degrees
Rasmussen College offers more than 20 accredited online associate’s programs, many with multiple concentrations. At only $350 per credit hour, Rasmussen is one of the most affordable colleges for online associate’s degrees.

Accreditation
Rasmussen College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#9. DeVry University

DeVry University is one of the largest private colleges in the world, with more than 80,000 students and 90 locations across the US. DeVry is also one of the most affordable options for an online associate’s degree.

Associate’s Degrees
DeVry University offers a number of accredited online associate’s degrees in Accounting, Electronics and Computer Technology, Network Systems Administration, Health Information Technology, and Web Graphic Design at only $365 per credit hour.

Accreditation
DeVry University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#10. Everest University

Everest University is a private Florida university with a well-known distance learning program. Originally founded as Florida Metropolitan University, Everest University’s online degree programs have extended their reach to the rest of the country and the world.

Associate’s Degrees
Everest University offers several accredited online associate’s degrees in Criminal Investigations, Homeland Security, Criminal Justice, Computer Information Science, Applied Management, Business, and Accounting. At only $367 per credit hour, Everest offers some of the cheapest online associate’s degree programs available.

Accreditation
Everest University is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

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Top 10 Smart Choice Schools for Online Associate’s Degrees 2013

In response to the reception of our Smart Choice ranking of the Best Online Colleges for Bachelor’s Degrees and the growing number of students looking to earn an associate’s degree online, we decided to publish our first ever Smart Choice ranking of the Best Colleges for Online Associate’s Degrees.

Benefits of an Online Associate’s Degree

Earning an associate’s degree can be a smart career choice, opening up access to more satisfying and higher paying job opportunities. Some careers open to graduates of accredited associate’s degree programs may even allow you to earn more than graduates with a bachelor’s degree. An online associate’s degree program can be an excellent option for working students who need the extra flexibility online degree programs afford in order to maintain their responsibilities at work and at home. A degree from a top online associate’s program now carries as much credibility as one earned from a traditional on-campus program, and a growing number of the best colleges and universities now offer associate’s degrees online. Continued…

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Top 10 Smart Choice Schools for Online Master’s Degrees 2013

Due to the enormous positive response to our Smart Choice ranking of the Best Online Colleges for Bachelor’s Degrees and the growing number of students looking to earn a master’s degree online, we decided to put together a Smart Choice ranking of the Best Online Colleges for Master’s Degrees. While many of our degree specific Smart Choice rankings highlight online master’s degree programs in particular subjects, this is the first year we’ve ranked top online schools for master’s degrees overall.

Benefits of an Online Master’s Degree

Earning a master’s degree can be a smart career choice, opening up opportunities for greater responsibility, more satisfying work, and higher pay. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics occupations requiring a master’s degree are projected to grow more than any other category and several studies have shown that people with master’s degrees typically earn significantly more money over their lifetimes than their counterparts with a bachelor’s degree or less. An online master’s degree program can be an excellent option for working students who need the extra flexibility online degree programs afford in order to maintain their responsibilities at work and at home. A degree from a top online master’s program now carries as much credibility as one earned from a traditional on-campus program, and a growing number of the best colleges and universities now offer master’s degrees online. Continued…

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Smart Choice 25 Best Online Colleges and Universities 2012

At SuperScholar we are all about empowering people to make smart choices by connecting them to great ideas and the best colleges for achieving their dreams. That’s why we’ve put together our first annual Smart Choice ranking of the top online colleges and universities of 2012. We researched all of the regionally accredited online colleges and universities to come up with this list of what we consider the very best online schools for bringing great minds like yours together with a great online education.

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Why Online Degrees Are A Great Idea

The knock against online colleges and universities has been that they don’t provide the same level of academic quality and rigor as traditional brick-and-mortar schools, that they subordinate quality to profit, and that they aren’t respected in academia or the job market. While this is no doubt true for some online schools, it certainly isn’t the case for all of them. Online and distance education classes continue to grow in popularity and credibility. More schools are putting classes and degree programs online every year and employers are more willing than ever to hire graduates of high quality, regionally accredited online degree programs. The flexibility and affordability of online college and university degree programs has opened up educational opportunities to students who before were unable to imagine earning a college degree due to family, work or other responsibilities. For this reason, we think online education is one of the best ideas in the world! Continued…

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