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NC State ranks in top 10 for online master’s engineering programs (again)

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The 2021 U.S. News & World Report list of Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs ranked NC State’s Engineering Online as the sixth best program nationally. It’s the fourth straight year in which the program has landed in the top 10.

The Engineering Online master’s program was also listed in the top 10 for Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs for Veterans, coming in at seventh nationally. In rankings of online engineering specialties, the College of Engineering was fourth for its mechanical engineering program. The College also ranked 11th in civil engineering, 11th in industrial, 13th in electrical and 15th in engineering management.

NC State ranked 15th on the list of Best Online Master’s Computer Information Technology Programs.

Established in 1978, Engineering Online is the College’s master’s degree or professional certificate distance education program. Engineering Online is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is authorized in every U.S. state for delivery of online degree programs.

“Part of our success in being ranked in the top 10 online engineering programs for the past several years is our focus on student services,” said Linda Krute, director of distance engineering education programs. “We have faculty who are dedicated to working with our distance students and we provide the services they need to be successful. We’ve been working with adult learners for several years and our faculty value the input and contributions they can make to their classes.”

Engineering Online offers 17 different graduate engineering degree programs that are the same high-quality engineering and computer science degree programs offered on campus, but with the flexibility of online learning to help meet students’ educational and professional goals.

“We’ve been able to develop a reputation of providing quality educational experiences for our distance students,” Krute added. “The College of Engineering is dedicated to providing lifelong learning experiences for our alumni and professional engineers.”

The U.S. News & World Report rankings look at metrics including faculty credentials and training, services and technologies made available to students, student excellence and how engaged faculty members are.

The College’s long history with distance learning has been a tremendous asset during the COVID-19 pandemic. When NC State, like many colleges and universities around the country, moved classes online in spring 2020, engineering students benefited from the Engineering Online infrastructure in place and the fact that many of the College’s faculty members were already familiar with teaching online thanks to participating in the program.

“These things haven’t happened overnight,” Louis Martin-Vega, dean of the College, said of Engineering Online’s success. “It’s taken a lot of hard work and taken a number of years to develop the infrastructure that we have.”

Return to contents or download the Spring / Summer 2021 NC State Engineering magazine (PDF, 52.0 MB).

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