Auburn Engineering No. 17 in latest graduate online programs ranking

Published: Jan 25, 2022 7:00 AM

By Karen Hunley

The Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is ranked No. 17 in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Engineering Graduate Programs 2022 rankings, climbing one spot from last year. This is the sixth-consecutive year that engineering’s online program has ranked in the Top 25.

Additionally, Auburn’s civil program jumped to No. 5 within the online engineering specialty rankings, moving up six spots from 2021. Three other specialties also made the Top 20 – mechanical at No. 11, industrial and systems at No. 14, and engineering management at No. 17. The online computer science and software engineering program ranked No. 31.

Specialty rankings are based on responses to the peer assessment survey administered to high-ranking academic officials at engineering colleges with online programs.

For online programs for veterans, Auburn Engineering ranked No. 11.

 “The need to deliver an exceptional online experience has been amplified in recent years, especially since the pandemic, and I’m proud to say that we are meeting the challenge,” said Christopher B. Roberts, dean of engineering. “We continue to offer the highest-quality online programs that mirror traditional classroom experiences. The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering produces some of the nation’s most fundamentally sound engineers who are prepared to enter the workforce and are dedicated to solving problems that impact lives and drive our economy.”

Auburn Engineering Online offers 14 master’s degrees and 16 graduate certificates, with 10 new fully online programs added in the past two years. In 2021, the Department of Biosystems Engineering launched the Bioproducts and Bioprocessing Graduate Certificate and the Ecosystems Engineering Graduate Certificate. Some of the newest online master’s degrees are the Master of Science in Data Science and Engineering and the interdisciplinary Master of Engineering. Visit the EOL website for more program information.

Online graduate student enrollment is continuing to grow as well, increasing more than 70 percent from spring 2020 to fall 2021. 

The U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Engineering Program rankings are based on five factors: student engagement (25 percent), faculty credentials and training (25 percent), expert opinion/peer assessment (25 percent), student services and technology (12.5 percent) and student excellence (12.5 percent).

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Media Contact: Karen Hunley,, 334.844.2224
Not only was the college ranked No. 17 as a whole, but six engineering specialties were recognized.

Not only was the college ranked No. 17 as a whole, but six engineering specialties were recognized.

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