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.
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.
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.
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