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Auburn Engineering moves up in U.S. News online graduate program rankings

By Karen Hunley

Published: Jan 24, 2023 6:00:00 AM

This is the seventh-consecutive year that engineering’s online program has ranked in the Top 25. This is the seventh-consecutive year that engineering’s online program has ranked in the Top 25.

Another year, another jump in the rankings.

The Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering came in at No. 16 in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Engineering Graduate Programs 2023 rankings, climbing one spot from the past year. This is the seventh-consecutive year that engineering’s online program has ranked in the Top 25.

In the specialty rankings, Auburn’s online civil and environmental (No. 3), industrial and systems (No. 8) and engineering management (No. 15) programs all improved rankings from 2022. Mechanical held its No. 11 spot, and electrical and computer engineering ranked No. 13. Auburn's online computer science and software engineering program came in at No. 23.

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 for the second year in a row.

“High-quality online education options are critical today in ensuring that we continue to equip engineers with the skills and competencies to thrive in the 21st century workforce,” said Steve Taylor, interim dean of engineering. “It’s rewarding to see that the hard work of our faculty and staff to deliver an online experience that equals or exceeds the traditional classroom curriculum be recognized by our peers."  

Auburn Engineering Online offers 14 master’s degrees and 16 graduate certificates, with 10 new fully online programs added since the 2020 pandemic. Visit the EOL website for more program information.

Online graduate student programs have maintained steady fall and spring enrollment counts of more than 225 students for the past three years, compared to just 165 students enrolled in spring 2020.  In addition, Auburn Engineering has entered into educational partnerships with three new companies during the past year, with approximately 30 student-employees currently enrolled in an online program as a result of these agreements.

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).

View the full rankings at usnews.com/online.

Media Contact: Austin Phillips, adp0019@auburn.edu, 334.844.2444

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