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.

2014 US News and World Report Awards

SHSU Again Earns National Recognition in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Online Education Rankings

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

2014 was the first year that SHSU was invited to participate in the ranking process for Best Graduate Online Criminal Justice degree programs, and the university came in at #5 in the nation.

Another standout ranking for SHSU was in the Graduate Online Information Technology Program listing. Here the university notched a rank of #7, again with exceptional scores in Student Services and Technology, Student Engagement, and Faculty Credentials and Training. This program has earned similar high rankings in past years in the U.S. News & World Report listings.

In the rankings of Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs, SHSU fell within the top 25 percent of all universities included in the survey. Similarly, in the Best Online MBA Programs rankings, the university’s rank is comfortably in the top third (31 percent) of all schools surveyed.

SHSU Online’s service plays a key role in the university’s placement regarding U.S. News & World Report's “Student Services and Technology” indicator by providing student support and highly accessible technologies and services and strong support to its students.

See the newsletter article on our 2015 US News & World Report Rankings for more details

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.

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 Earns High Affordability Ranking Among Texas Universities From OnlineColleges.Net badge

Sam Houston State University has been chosen as one of the Most Affordable Online Colleges in Texas by OnlineColleges.Net for 2015. The website ranks SHSU as #14 in Texas in terms of affordability. The ranking reflects the university’s continuing commitment to provide outstanding online degree programs at the most affordable prices possible. See the full list of Most Affordable Online Colleges in Texas.

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."


2014 Military Friendly Schools

Military Friendly Schools

The 2014 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

Best Online MBA Program

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.