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Two New National Rankings Announced


By Sheryl E. Taylor

The hits keep coming for the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) rankings!

Recently, OnlineColleges.com announced that UHD is sixth in the nation for its Nonprofit Management Program. Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, a list of colleges and universities that met the following four criteria for the specific subject being ranked:

  • Offer a degree or certificate program in that subject, either in an online or hybrid format
  • Have at least one percent of students attending some form of distance education
  • Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2016-2017

UHD offers a multidisciplinary master's degree program in nonprofit management, covering every aspect of the field. This program focuses on entrepreneurship, program management, human resources and more to give students the necessary skills to become leaders in nonprofit organizations. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the program was designed collaboratively with insight from prominent Houston-area nonprofits.

"This new ranking further reinforces our other accolades, including being ranked #5 by another organization, and being ranked #1 in Texas," said Dr. Laila Sorurbakhsh, director of the Master’s in Nonprofit Management Degree Program and lecturer of political science at UHD. "We are so happy to achieve continued success!"

This ranking complements previous honors for the University's MNPM program, including a top five placement among Nonprofit Management Schools by Best Online Programs and a No. 2 ranking on the list of "Most Affordable Online Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management Degrees" from Affordable Colleges; and most recently Master's of Nonprofit Management made the list compiled by Online Master's of the nation's 47 best online management programs, even earning the distinction of "Best Multidisciplinary Program."

The University also was recently ranked #1 as the "Most Affordable Online Bachelor's of Finance" by College Choice. UHD, was joined by the University of Houston-Clear Lake (#2) and the University of Houston-Victoria (#7). For the 2018 rankings, College Choice placed equal emphasis on each category on the following and valued categories based on the degree and subject matter at approximately 20 percent each:

  • Affordability:  cost of the degree and affordability value
  • Quality: graduation rate and curriculum
  • Reputation: data from industry-specific journals and rankings
  • Satisfaction:  percentage of students who start and complete their degree
  • Value: average incomes of students (less than five years after they graduate)
About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.