US News & World Report has ranked Michigan Technological University’s online graduate engineering programs 47th in the nation, in 2017 Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs rankings released today.
“We are happy for the recognition that our online programs receive,” said Leonard Bohmann, associate dean for academic affairs in Michigan Tech’s College of Engineering. “They are a great way for working engineers to keep abreast of the latest information, gain new skills, and advance their career.”
The rankings are based on five categories: student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity. US News describes their criteria in each category as follows:
- Student engagement—quality online engineering programs promote participation in courses, allowing students opportunities to readily interact with their instructors and classmates, as is possible in a campus-based setting.
- Faculty credentials and training—strong online programs employ instructors with academic credentials that mirror those of instructors for campus-based programs, and they have the resources to train these instructors to teach distance learners.
- Peer reputation—a survey of high-ranking academic officials in engineering helps account for intangible factors affecting program quality that are not captured by statistics.
- Student services and technology—programs that incorporate diverse online learning technologies allow greater flexibility for students to take classes and labs from a distance. Outside of classes, strong support structures provide learning assistance, career guidance and financial aid resources commensurate with quality campus-based programs.
- Admissions selectivity—student bodies entering with proven aptitudes, ambitions and accomplishments can handle the demands of rigorous coursework. Furthermore, online degrees that schools award judiciously will have greater legitimacy in the job market.
Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, the University offers more than 125 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.