UW–Madison’s Online Engineering Graduate Programs Rank #1 in New U.S. News and World Report Rankings

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been named #1 by U.S. News and World Report for its online graduate engineering programs in the categories of “Teaching Practices and Student Engagement” and “Student Services and Technology.” UW–Madison is one of only three universities that made U.S. News and World Report‘s “Honor Roll” for top-quality online engineering degree programs.

This important distinction was announced as U.S. News and World Report released its first ranking of online master’s of engineering programs, which required eligible programs to pass rigorous standards for quality education.

  • In the “Teaching Practices and Student Engagement” category, UW–Madison’s programs were judged on factors such as a high level of student collaboration and participation, the availability of instructors to answer student questions, small class size, and the inclusion of an instructional designer dedicated to developing courses to meet online learner needs
  • In the “Student Services and Technology” category, UW-Madison’s programs were ranked highly based on such factors as the ability of students to conveniently receive classes through both audio and visual methods, and the use of a centralized student information system

UW–Madison’s online engineering graduate programs also ranked among the top five in the “Faculty Credentials and Training” category.

“UW–Madison is extremely honored to have the quality of our online engineering degree programs recognized as best-in-class by U.S. News and World Report,” said Wayne Pferdehirt, Director of Distance Degree Programs for UW–Madison’s Department of Engineering Professional Development in the College of Engineering.

“We see our online master’s degree programs as a way to provide practicing engineers who are not able to attend courses on campus with an exceptional educational experience that links them to UW–Madison’s world-class faculty and research,” he added. “We believe that an effective use of online delivery can improve engineering education by engaging working students professionals and faculty in collaborative, immediately applicable learning on an international level.”

UW–Madison’s College of Engineering and Department of Engineering Professional Development offer a variety of online engineering graduate programs, in areas including:

  • Engineering management
  • Engine systems
  • Polymer engineering and science
  • Technical Japanese
  • Electrical and computer engineering (power electronics)
  • Mechanical engineering (controls)

More information on all of UW–Madison’s online engineering degree programs can be found at http://distancedegrees.engr.wisc.edu/usnews, or contact Wayne Pferdehirt, Director of Distance Degree Programs, at 608-265-2361 or wppferde@wisc.edu.

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