Awards and Recognitions

The mission of SHSU Online is to provide high-quality distance education and support to Sam Houston State University faculty and students. We’re proud to be recognized by the organizations and publications listed below for our excellence in online education.

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SHSU Again Earns High Rankings in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Annual Rankings of Online Education Programs

For the fifth year in a row, Sam Houston State University has earned impressive national recognition in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of online education programs. 

In addition to high placement in the five categories SHSU was recognized in last year, the university has also placed in a new category, Best Online Graduate Business Programs (non-MBA) for the online M.S. in Project Management program. 

  • Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Program
  • Best Online Graduate Information Technology Program
  • Best Online Graduate Business Programs (non-MBA)
  • Best Online MBA Program
  • Best Online Graduate Education Program
  • Best Online Bachelor’s Programs

See more details on our 2016 US News & World Report Rankings

SHSU Earns High Marks in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Best Online Programs for Veterans Rankings

Several of Sam Houston State University’s online programs performed very well in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of 2015 Best Online Programs for Veterans, which the magazine announced on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Specifically, high-performing SHSU online programs ranked as follows:

  • Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs for Veterans - #5
  • Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs for Veterans - #7
  • Best Online Graduate Education Programs for Veterans - #25
  • Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans - #61
  • Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans - #61

SHSU is proud to have earned these rankings and to provide outstanding service to students who have served their nation in the armed forces.

OnlineU Ranks SHSU's Master's Degree In Victim Services Management #2 Among 2016 Most Affordable Online Social Work Degree Programs

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OnlineU has ranked the College of Criminal Justice's Master of Science degree in Victim Services Management #2 in the nation in their rankings of Most Affordable Online Social Work degree programs for 2016. See more details at the OnlineU website.

Accredited Schools Online Ranks SHSU Among Top 20 Online Schools in Texas

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Accredited Schools Online recently analyzed data from hundreds of colleges across the nation with online degrees at the Bachelor’s level to see which colleges offer the most notable balances of academic rigor, student support, and affordability for online learning. Sam Houston State University is ranked #18 in Accredited Schools Online's 2015-2016 rankings. See Accredited Schools Online rankings at their website.

Great Value Colleges Ranks SHSU's Online B.S. Degree in Psychology Among Top 10

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Sam Houston State University was recently ranked among the top 10 affordable colleges for an online psychology degree by Great Value Colleges. SHSU placed #8 out of the top 30 schools in the nation and is regarded for helping prepare students to move on to the graduate level within the psychology field. See Great Value Colleges' rankings at their website. Highly Ranks SHSU's Master of Administration in Education

After a rigorous assessment of thousands of online master's programs, SHSU's online Master of Administration in Education program was ranked as one of the best in the United States, at #36. The program excelled in a range of competency areas that included dedication to online or hybrid education, commitment to providing excellent graduate-level curriculum, and comprehensive academic and career services. See SHSU's rank at

SHSU's Online Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Earns High Ranking Among Texas Universities From OnlineColleges.Net badge

Sam Houston State University's online master's degree in Criminal Justice has been chosen as one of the best master's degrees in Criminal Justice by OnlineColleges.Net for 2016. The website ranks the program as #12 in terms of affordability. The ranking reflects the university’s continuing commitment to provide outstanding online degree programs. See the full list of rankings of Criminal Justice master's programs at

SHSU Ranked Among Most Technologically Savvy Online Schools

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The Online Schools Center has included SHSU in a list of the top U.S. online schools that “offer the discerning learner the finest education using the most progressive technology.” SHSU ranked #15 on the list, in the company of institutions including UCLA, Johns Hopkins and Boston University. Learn more about Online Schools Center’s Rankings for SHSU.

SHSU Ranked Fourth in National “Most Affordable Online Colleges” Report

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Sam Houston State University has been named one of the nation's most affordable online colleges. ranks SHSU as the most affordable online university in Texas, and the fourth most affordable in the nation. Learn More About's Rankings for SHSU.

Top 25 Best Buy Online MBA/AACSB

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Get surveyed 85 business schools to develop this fact-based, data-driven ranking list of Best Buys for AACSB online MBA degree programs.

To appear on a Get Educated Best Buy list for online learning affordability, the MBA program profiled must objectively cost less than the average cost of all the distance masters degrees surveyed in the comprehensive, national data set.

#20 Best Buy Online Computer Science and Information Technology (IT) MS

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SHSU ranks #20 in a Get Best Buy ranking. This ranking is based on a national survey of 77 regionally accredited universities that offer 115 different online master's in computer science and IT. The survey covered a wide range of computer science majors, including information systems, database mining, information assurance and technical communication. The rankings highlight the 45 best affordable online degrees in this field.

Top 25 Incredible Veteran Support

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"Another Texas school lauded for how well it treats students who have served in the Armed Forces by the voters at GI Jobs. Its world-class Criminal Justice department is actually considered a Military Preferred Program, and it allows for majors to mold their courses around whatever personal or professional challenges that might materialize."


2016 Military Friendly Schools

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The 2016 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. 

These schools offer military students the best services, programs, discounts, scholarships, clubs, networking and staff. Our media and list also explain the Post-9/11 GI Bill and offer articles and advice for planning and executing a military education.

#6 2015 Best Online MBA Program

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SHSU ranks #6 in College Choice 2015 Rankings of the Best Online MBA Programs. The list includes the top fifty schools offering online and distance options for their MBA programs. Most of the schools are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Because location is by definition less of a factor in online learning, the online MBA rankings are based primarily on reputation and affordability.

#25 Best Online Bachelor’s in Accounting: Students Before Profits Award 2014-2015

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SHSU ranks #25 in Non-Profit Colleges Online's Best Online Bachelor’s in Accounting: Students Before Profits Award 2014-2015. The Students Before Profits Award was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line.

2013 Online College Rankings

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Sam Houston State University ranks in the top 25 2013 Online College Rankings, according to Guide to Online Schools. Each year, Guide to Online Schools ranks online schools to help prospective students get the most for their education dollar. Quality and affordability are the two main yardsticks by which schools are evaluated. The data and statistics used in these rankings have been compiled from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)—the primary governmental department responsible for gathering education-related data.