15 programs among U.S. News’ top online graduate offerings

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On January 9, 2018

15 Missouri S&T online graduate programs are ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report.

15 Missouri S&T online graduate programs are ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. Photo By Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Students interested in pursuing a master’s degree online have 15 nationally ranked programs to choose from at Missouri S&T. U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Online Programs rankings, released today (Tuesday, Jan. 9), include Missouri S&T’s online MBA program, 12 online graduate programs in engineering, and programs that are highly ranked in U.S. News’ non-MBA business and computer information technology categories.

  • Missouri S&T’s online graduate programs in the computer information technology category tied for 19th overall and 11th among public universities. S&T offers online graduate degrees in computer science and information science and technology.
  • S&T’s online graduate engineering programs ranked 23rd overall and 18th among public universities. Missouri S&T offers online graduate degree programs in 12 engineering disciplines: aerospace engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, engineering management, environmental engineering, explosives engineering, geotechnics, manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, mining engineering and systems engineering.
  • Missouri S&T’s online graduate business program in information science and technology tied for 16th overall and ranked 13th among public universities.
  • The online MBA program tied for 51st overall and 40th among public universities.

U.S. News assessed data from nearly 1,500 online degree programs. The rankings include programs that are completely online, though a program still meets the criteria if it has in-person requirements for orientations, testing and support services. The rankings do not include blended learning programs, nor do they distinguish between the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
Rankings are determined by factors including student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, and student services and technology. Each ranking category weighs the factors differently, and all except for online bachelor’s degree programs also weigh admissions selectivity.

Missouri S&T began its first online degree program — in engineering management — in 1998. Today S&T offers online graduate degree programs in 17 disciplines. More information about Missouri S&T’s online degree programs is available online at dce.mst.edu.

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  • Andrew, thanks so much for keeping us abreast of these national rankings for our distance learning degrees. Most of our distance students are working, mid-career engineers, who are much more savvy and ask more insightful questions than our average campus students. They are much more likely to catch any mistakes the teacher makes in lectures or assignments. In exams the distance learners typically score about 10 points higher than my on campus students, likely because of their work experience which gives them a better context for understanding the curriculum. I have found distance learners also have a “higher bar” when it comes to expecting teaching excellence and responsiveness in answer email inquiries on the weekends, when they are usually doing their homework.