Auburn University Review

Auburn University's online graduate education program offers the highest number of graduate education concentrations, which is one of many reasons it's ranked as a top online master's degree program.

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The Good

Top 10 national ranking

According to the most recent U.S. News & World Report survey of more than 200 online graduate education programs, Auburn University is the sixth-best program in the country. While you should carefully consider the details of a program for yourself, this ranking is a great indicator of overall educational quality and high operational standards. The university garners high praise across a variety of different scored categories, including factors like faculty and student services. One component that helps Auburn’s education quality remain high is that the course technology is administered by the Biggio Center. The Biggio Center is an office on campus dedicated to developing and implementing innovative uses of technology in teaching and learning.

Exceptional number of concentrations

Auburn offers at least 19 different online education concentrations to choose from. None of the other top online programs in the nation offer as many study options in both traditional and specialist education subjects. You can choose from education degrees in elementary education, adult education, music education, and special education. If you’re looking to take your career out of the classroom and into an administrative role, you can consider the administration degree in elementary and secondary education. This degree program is designed to prepare you for roles in instructional supervision, curriculum supervision, and special education supervision. The Auburn University College of Education also offers degree programs in rehabilitation counseling.

Selective admissions policy

According to the U.S. News & World Report, Auburn rates as one of the most selective of the top online graduate education programs. The school accepts only 54% of all online education applicants, which ranks it as the seventh most selective school in the category. Admissions selectivity can be good indication that a school cares about the makeup of its student body and admits only those students who can meet high academic standards. If you’re interested in working alongside highly qualified students in a degree program that demands excellence, Auburn University is a solid choice. Now, if you want to get accepted into an education program with certainty, you shouldn’t consider selective admissions a positive thing.

The Bad

Tuition is on the high side

The Auburn University education program ranks as one of the more expensive online options available, with a cost of $539 per credit. While this is not extreme by any means, you can find plenty of solid programs for less than $500 per credit. At the more affordable end of the scale, some of the top graduate education programs charge as little as $400 per credit.

Student retention rates slightly low

Auburn also falls a little behind other top schools when it comes to keeping students in school. According to U.S. News & World Report, only around 75% of first-year online education students at Auburn continue into a second year of study. It’s a little surprising that about one-quarter of new online graduate education students drop out during their first year at Auburn. In comparison, top programs like St. John’s University and the University of Scranton have achieved retention rates of between 85% and 89% over each of the last four academic years.

The Details

General Information

  • Academic Year Founded: 1999 - 2000
  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: Domestic: $60, International: $70
  • Location: AL
  • Number of Graduate Education Programs: 19
  • Region: Southeast
  • School Type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Semester

Tuition Rates (per credit)

  • In-State: $539
  • Out-of-State: $539


  • Degrees: Agriscience Education (M.Ed, Ed.S), Business/Marketing Education (M.Ed, Ed.S), Foreign Language Education (M.Ed, Ed.S), Collaborative Teacher - Special Education (M.Ed), Early Childhood Special Education - (M.Ed), Elementary Education (M.Ed), Music Education (M.Ed), Rehabilitation Counseling (M.Ed)


  • Certificates: Adult Education and English Language Teaching, Extension Educator, Movement Skill Analysis, Program Evaluation, Rehabilitation Leadership Management, TESL, TEFL

Class Profile

  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Average Student Age: 31
  • Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.33
  • Avg. GRE Analytical Writing: 3.5
  • Avg. GRE Quantitative: 143
  • Avg. GRE Verbal: 148
  • Gender Ratio: 71.3% female, 28.7% male
  • Maximum Class Size: 20
  • Total Enrollment: 115


  • Average Online Teaching Experience: 8 Years
  • Full-Time Instructional Faculty: 39
  • Part-Time Instructional Faculty: 6

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2009-2010): 81%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2010-2011): 74%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2011-2012): 73%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2012-2013): 85%
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2009-2010): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2010-2011): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2011-2012): 75%
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2012-2013): 59%

U.S. News Rankings

  • Admissions Selectivity Rank: 10
  • Admissions Selectivity Score: 67/100
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Rank: 40
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Score: 81/100
  • Student Engagement Rank: 25
  • Student Engagement Score: 85/100
  • Student Services and Technology Rank: 19
  • Student Services and Technology Score: 62/100

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