In an era of ubiquitous remote learning, Virginia Tech Engineering Online still stands out. 

Ranked No. 17 for overall best online graduate engineering programs by the U.S. News & World Report, the College of Engineering rose eight spots in 2024, and also saw increased rankings in two of its online master’s programs in the Grado Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The rankings, which are updated each year, evaluate over 110 universities nationwide using a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Highly ranked programs have strong traditional academic foundations based on the excellence of entering students, graduation rates, and instructor credentials. They also excel at educating distance learners while offering robust career and financial support. In 2024, Virginia Tech Engineering Online ranked:

Across the board these rankings have increased, with the online graduate engineering program rising eight spots from No. 25 in 2023, the online industrial engineering program also increasing eight spots from No. 16, and the online electrical engineering program moving from No. 12 to No. 11. These ratings reflect Virginia Tech Engineering Online’s commitment to maintaining brick-and-mortar academic standards while developing educational methods specific to online learning.

Alicia Johnson, director of Engineering Online and Cardinal Education said, "We're proud that our online engineering master's program continues to receive outstanding ratings, affirming that the curriculum meets the workforce needs of industry engineers looking to upskill while working.”  

Virginia Tech has offered distance learning with online labs and lectures that are recorded and archived so students can access lecture material at their convenience for the past 40 years. These remote learning opportunities come from the college’s own program offerings as well as those of its partners in Cardinal Education, a consortium of six universities that emphasizes flexible and rigorous learning in online graduate study programs.

Additionally, the College of Engineering offers numerous certificate programs that offer the flexibility needed by today’s engineers who want to increase and diversify their employment opportunities. By continuously refining its curriculum to best reflect the unique needs of its student population, the online programs at Virginia Tech ranked even more competitively in 2024.

“Our increased ratings are a result of continually increasing access to our high-demand programs through industry and international partnerships," Johnson said. "New courses on leading-edge topics like online Data Sciences for Chemical Engineering certificate and Quantum Engineering remote labs will further enhance offerings in 2024. With over 40 years perfecting distance learning and integrating the latest technologies, we make it possible for engineers to access a top-caliber education from anywhere."

Find more information about the opportunities at Virginia Tech Engineering Online.

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