January 15, 2013
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The online master’s degree offered by Texas Tech’s Whitacre College of Engineering is ranked among the best in the nation, according to the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Programs, released Jan. 15.
Texas Tech’s program is ranked 50th among 293 institutions offering a master’s degree in engineering and housing at least one program that was ABET accredited at the bachelor’s level or higher. The ranking is based on a survey conducted through the fall of 2012, U.S. News said. Respondents were then ranked based on student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity. This is the first time U.S. News has numerically ranked online programs.
“I am very pleased, but not surprised, at our ranking,” said Al Sacco Jr., dean of the college. “We have outstanding faculty teaching these online courses. We have great students who are truly engaged, and we are very well respected by the industrial recruiters who come to the Whitacre College of Engineering to hire new employees. All in all, this is nice recognition of the quality of education here at Texas Tech University.”
The job market is overflowing with opportunities for skilled engineering professionals, but the best chances for advancement come to those with a Master’s in Engineering degree. Online education is an increasingly popular option, because it allows people the flexibility to attend school without having to disrupt their lives.
“The online programs the Whitacre College of Engineering offers are highly sought after and allow engineers to complete their graduate education at Texas Tech from anywhere in the world,” said Justin Louder, assistant vice provost for eLearning. “Our ranking highlights the strong commitment the college, faculty and students in engineering have toward high quality online education.”
The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering has educated engineers to meet the technological needs of Texas, the nation and the world since 1925.
Approximately 4,300 undergraduate and 725 graduate students pursue bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees offered through eight academic departments: civil and environmental, chemical, computer science, electrical and computer, engineering technology, industrial, mechanical and petroleum.