Villanova School of Business and College of Engineering Online Graduate Programs Ranked among Nation’s Best by U.S. News & World Report

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Villanova School of Business (VSB) and the University’s College of Engineering were recognized among the nation’s top schools by U.S. News & World Report in the publication’s annual “Best Online Programs” rankings. VSB earned the #6 spot in the U.S. in the “Best Online Degree Programs: Graduate Business” ranking. The College of Engineering ranked #27 in the country in the “Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs” ranking.

For the fourth year, U.S. News’ “Best Online Programs” rankings include online bachelor's degrees, as well as online master's degrees in business, engineering, computer information technology, education and nursing. For the first time this year, U.S. News also ranked online graduate criminal justice programs, and created a stand-alone ranking of online MBA programs. In total, U.S. News assessed more than 1,200 online degree programs for the rankings. Only degree-granting programs offered mostly or entirely online were considered. For more on U.S. News’ “Best Online Programs” rankings, click here.

VSB’s #6 ranking was based upon data supplied for its Master of Science in Church Management (MSCM) program, an innovative, two-year online graduate business program designed to enable church leaders to apply sound business principles to church management-related issues and decision making. In addition to the program earning the #6 spot overall in the “Best Online Graduate Business Programs” ranking – a ranking of non-MBA business programs offered online – VSB also scored well in several of the ranking subcategories including “Student Services and Technology” (#4) and “Student Engagement” (#8). VSB delivers a high-quality online experience for students, and its success in the ranking illustrates the strength of its faculty, curriculum, students and support services.

U.S. News’ annual ranking of online business programs is based on factors such as level of accreditation, reputation for excellence among peer institutions and academic and career support services offered to students. The ranking’s methodology emphasizes student engagement, admission selectivity, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology capabilities.

This marks the first year for the College of Engineering in U.S. News’ “Best Online Programs” rankings. In addition to earning the #27 overall ranking in the “Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs,” the College came in at #13 in the ranking’s “Student Engagement” category. The College of Engineering is committed to educating “Whole-Brain Engineers,” whether it’s teaching students in the classroom or online. Nine Master of Science (MS) degree programs offered by the College of Engineering can be completed entirely online, with e-learning students having the identical course material, instructors and semester pacing as students in the on-campus classroom. These degree programs include: MS in Biochemical Engineering, MS in Chemical Engineering, MS in Civil Engineering, MS in Computer Engineering, MS in Cybersecurity, MS in Electrical Engineering, MS in Mechanical Engineering, MS in Sustainable Engineering, and MS in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering.

U.S. News’ annual ranking of online engineering programs is based upon factors such as academic reputation among peer institutions, faculty credentials and admissions selectivity. The ranking also emphasizes a number of other factors, including student services and technology and student engagement.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is ranked #24 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights, the Center for the Study of Church Management & Business Ethics and the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Center) with each center designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business.

The Villanova University College of Engineering, founded in 1905, is committed to an educational program that emphasizes technical excellence and a liberal arts education within the framework of the University’s Augustinian Catholic tradition. The result: “Whole-Brain Engineers,” who pursue both knowledge and wisdom, and aspire to ethical and moral leadership within their chosen careers, their community and the world.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.