Penn State World Campus engineering programs ranked among nation’s best by U.S. News

February 7, 2024

Editor’s note: A version of this article originally appeared on Penn State News 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Several master’s in engineering programs offered through Penn State’s World Campus earned top recognitions from the 2024 U.S. News & World Report “Best Online Programs” rankings, released today (Feb. 7).  

According to U.S. News, the annual rankings recognize undergraduate and graduate degree programs primarily offered online in disciplines like business, education and engineering from among 1,600 online degree programs offered nationwide. The list also includes rankings of the best online programs for veterans.    

U.S. News & World Report requests information from higher institutions via surveys then reviews and rates institutions on categories of engagement, services and technologies, faculty credentials and training, and peer assessment. The graduate degree program surveys measured those categories as well as student excellence.   

“Our faculty and staff work hard to provide a top-notch engineering education to our students — wherever they may be in the world or in their lives,” said Robert Rabb, associate dean for education in Penn State’s College of Engineering. “Our World Campus offerings provide incredible flexibility without sacrificing quality education. It’s wonderful to see the hard work of our engineering community reflected in this year’s rankings.” 

Penn State’s online master’s in engineering programs won the following recognitions. 

Overall Best Online Programs rankings   

  • No. 3 (tie), master’s in engineering   

Best Online Programs for Veterans   

  • No. 2, master’s in engineering   

Specialty program rankings 

The “Best Online Programs” 2024 edition also includes rankings of specific disciplines within the program categories. These specialty program rankings were measured by U.S. News from ratings provided by national peer institutions, collected via surveys.     

  • No. 5 (tie), master’s in engineering management   
  • No. 6, master’s in industrial engineering   
  • No. 7 (tie), master’s in mechanical engineering    
  • No. 11 (tie), master’s in electrical engineering   

See Penn State News for a full list of World Campus programs recognized by the rankings.  

Penn State was one of the pioneers in online higher education when it launched Penn State World Campus in 1998. World Campus marked its 25th anniversary in 2023 and now features a diverse selection of more than 175 online degree and certificate programs.  

Visit the Penn State World Campus website to learn more about the bachelor’s and graduate degrees and certificates offered online.


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