ASU climbs national listings

Multiple programs bring home various accolades

By Ashley Rodriguez
On January 24, 2020

Four of ASU’s online master’s degree programs gained na­tional recognition for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The four programs honored included master of education in guidance and counseling, master of education in educational ad­ministration, master of science in professional school counseling and master of arts in curriculum and instruction.

“Any time a program is listed on a national ranking list, it brings recognition not only to the program, but also to ASU,” Associ­ate Professor Lesley Casarez said. “I have many students who contact me as interested in the programs that we offer, and this will just in­crease the interest.”

Casarez said the use of practitioners in the field has been vital to the program’s success because they are able to provide a view into the practice of actual professional school counselors.

“It is rare that programs are able to have the practitioners in a program and I think it has been key to our success,” she said.

Associate Professor Twyla Tasker said online programs have grown in popularity because of the flexibility that students are seek­ing.

“We have worked to continuously improve in order to remain competitive,” Tasker said.

She said the national ranking will allow more potential stu­dents to investigate online graduate programs at ASU.

“It is an honor to be nationally ranked because a national rank­ing means that our program has been compared to others throughout the United States and identified as one of the strongest,” said Kinsey Hansen, the program adviser for the master’s of education in educa­tional administration. “The national ranking acknowledges and sup­ports the students' hard work and dedication in completing the pro­gram and upon graduating, students know their accomplishments are significant having completed a program nationally ranked.”

The full list of ASU’s online master’s program rankings origi­nally listed on ASU’s official website:

M.Ed. in guidance and counseling

- No. 2 of the top 25 affordable accelerated master’s in psychology online programs (
- No. 5 of the top 20 accelerated master’s in school counseling online pro­grams (
- No. 7 of the top master’s on counseling degrees online (
- No. 20 and “most experienced faculty” of the best online master’s in school counseling degree programs (

M.Ed. in educational administration

- No. 3 and “most affordable” of the best online master’s in education admin­istration degree programs (
- No. 13 of the 25 most affordable online master’s in educational leadership and administration degrees (

M.Ed. in professional school counseling

- No. 9 and “best in the south” in the best online counseling degree programs (

M.A. in curriculum and instruction

- No. 12 of the 20 most affordable online MAT degrees (

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