U.S. News ranks Penn State World Campus engineering programs in "best" report


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — U.S. News and World Report ranked Penn State World Campus among its "Best Online Programs" for 2022, with the University’s online graduate engineering programs tied for No. 3 overall and for veterans.

The annual rankings, which were released today (Jan. 25), also highlighted discipline-based programs, with four engineering programs in the top ten:

  • No. 2 (tie), graduate industrial engineering
  • No. 3, graduate engineering management
  • No. 4 (tie), graduate mechanical engineering
  • No. 7, graduate electrical engineering

“Penn State is leading the way in online engineering education,” said Justin Schwartz, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean in the College of Engineering. “With innovative and strategic approaches to online learning, our instructors are provided a world-class education for the future engineering workforce.”

The graduate electrical engineering program is led by the Penn State Harrisburg School of Science, Engineering, and Technology and offered in partnership with the Penn State Department of Electrical Engineering. The graduate engineering management program is led by the Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies and offered in partnership with the Penn State Harrisburg School of Science, Engineering, and Technology, and the School of Business Administration. The College of Engineering at University Park contributes courses to both programs and houses the graduate industrial engineering and graduate mechanical engineering programs.

U.S. News considered more than 380 colleges and universities in its bachelor’s programs rankings by reviewing surveys submitted by the institutions. The organization rated the institutions on categories of engagement, services and technology, faculty credentials and training, and expert opinion.

The surveys for graduate degree programs measured those four categories, as well as student excellence. The Best Online Programs for Veterans rankings are based on the same factors as its Best Online Programs rankings, in addition to an institution’s ability to help make college more affordable and accessible through the GI Bill, scholarships and financial aid programs designed for military students. The specialties rankings were based on ratings provided by peer institutions.

Several other Penn State World Campus programs were also highly ranked, representing a wide swath of disciplines and degrees.

Best online programs

  • No. 3 (tie), graduate engineering programs
  • No. 8 (tie), graduate education programs
  • No. 12 (tie), graduate business (non-MBA) programs
  • No. 13, graduate computer/IT programs
  • No. 15, MBA
  • No. 16 (tie), bachelor’s degree programs

Best online degree programs for veterans

  • No. 3 (tie), graduate engineering
  • No. 3, graduate education
  • No. 5, graduate business (non-MBA)
  • No. 8, graduate computer/IT
  • No. 10 (tie), MBA
  • No. 11 (tie), bachelor’s programs

Rankings of specific disciplines

  • No. 2, bachelor’s in business
  • No. 2, bachelor’s in psychology
  • No. 2 (tie), graduate industrial engineering
  • No. 3, graduate educational/instructional media design
  • No. 3, graduate engineering management
  • No. 4 (tie), graduate mechanical engineering
  • No. 5 (tie), graduate curriculum and instruction
  • No. 7, graduate electrical engineering
  • No. 7 (tie), graduate finance
  • No. 7 (tie), graduate general management
  • No. 7 (tie), graduate special education
  • No. 10 (tie), graduate education administration and supervision
  • No. 10 (tie), graduate marketing
  • No. 15 (tie), graduate business analytics

Read the original release on Penn State News.

About Penn State World Campus

Penn State was one of the pioneers in online higher education when it launched Penn State World Campus in 1998. Now, almost 25 years later, Penn State World Campus offers more than 175 degree and certificate programs online and counts more than 15,000 students around the globe and more than 30,000 alumni.

Visit the Penn State World Campus website for more information about the bachelor’s and graduate degrees offered online.


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