Villanova University College of Engineering was recognized among the nation’s top schools in the “Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs” ranking by U.S. News & World Report. This marks the first year for the College in the publication’s annual “Best Online Programs” rankings. In addition to earning the #27 overall ranking (out of 80 programs), the College ranked #13 in the “Student Engagement” category.
Launched in fall 2003, the College’s E-Learning program allows students to complete any of its nine master’s degrees entirely online, with 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. Many of the College’s graduate certificates also can be completed via E-Learning.
Whereas many institutions deliver online courses via recorded lectures, Villanova’s online graduate engineering program offers synchronous learning. Students can participate in real-time with on-campus classmates by logging in from anywhere in the world with internet access. Students who can’t participate in real-time can access archived class material at their convenience, 24/7. Course lectures can be accessed years from now, providing students with a virtual reference library. The College also offers all graduate students the flexibility to take courses on campus when it fits their schedule, and online when it doesn’t. Since 2008, E-Learning student enrollment has seen a 122 percent increase.
Dr. Gerard Jones, Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, explains what sets the College’s program apart: “Villanova Engineering is excited to be among the best online programs in the country. Whether they’re in the classroom or online, our knowledgeable and dedicated faculty and staff are student-focused and dedicated to presenting world-class technical content that is relevant and cutting-edge, and can be used immediately in the workplace.”
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. Only degree-granting programs offered mostly or entirely online were considered. Ranking of online engineering programs is based upon factors such as academic reputation among peer institutions, faculty credentials, student services and technology, student engagement and admissions selectivity.