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College’s distance education programs honored by U.S. News and World Report

A summertime daytime view of Fitts-Woolard Hall from The Oval on NC State's Centennial Campus. A large tree frames the picture on the left. Blue sky and white clouds frame the top of the background.
A summer morning on the Oval on Centennial Campus. Photo by Becky Kirkland.

The distance education programs offered by the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as some of the best in the nation, according to new data released by the publication for 2024.

The College’s Engineering Online is one of the oldest and most distinguished distance engineering and computer science programs in the United States. Established in 1978, Engineering Online offers 19 online engineering and computer science master’s programs, as well as graduate and undergraduate professional certificate programs.

In rankings released by U.S. News in early February for 2024, NC State placed 18th on the list of Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs, 19th in the category of Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs and 23rd on the list of Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs for Veterans.

In rankings of engineering specialties in distance ed, NC State was ranked third in civil engineering, fifth in mechanical engineering and eighth in both industrial engineering and electrical engineering.

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. Its offerings are the same high-quality engineering and computer science degree programs available on campus, but with the flexibility of online learning to help meet students’ educational and professional goals.

Most classes are taught by tenured or tenure-track College of Engineering faculty members who are passionate about distance learning and have a lot of experience with it. Krute said that the College is offering 110 graduate courses through distance education this semester alone. The U.S. News rankings look at metrics including faculty credentials and training, services and technologies made available to students, student excellence and how engaged faculty members are.