ASU engineering ranks in US News' top 10 best online programs

January 26, 2021

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University ranks among the nation’s top 10 best online engineering graduate programs for 2021 according to U.S. News & World Report. Altogether six ASU engineering programs were recognized as leaders in online education.

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With a focus on providing quality content and a technology-enhanced, interactive remote learning experience, the Fulton Schools of Engineering is 10th overall for best online engineering master’s degree programs, maintaining its status as an engineering education leader and jumping three spots from last year’s standing.  

The 2021 rankings assess master’s degrees that can be completed primarily via distance education through internet-based learning technologies.

“We are dedicated to high-quality education at scale and are heartened to be recognized as one of the country’s top engineering programs for distance learners,” said Kyle Squires, dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. “As more people explore how they can earn engineering and technology degrees regardless of geographical constraints, we are pleased to offer comprehensive programs that prepare our community of learners to join the global high-tech workforce.”

Alongside being recognized among the best online engineering master’s degree programs overall, several specialty programs within the Fulton Schools of Engineering also achieved high standing in the latest rankings.

  • ASU’s master’s degree program in electrical engineering is No. 2 in the country. With access to the program’s outstanding faculty and the same high standards for academic rigor through its online delivery, the electrical engineering program prepares graduates for a range of careers that pioneer new technologies in the energy sector, robotics, computing and beyond.
  • Offerings in the sustainable engineering online master’s degree program helped the Fulton Schools of Engineering achieve a No. 5 standing among the best online graduate programs for civil engineering, marking the first time the subspecialty has been ranked.
  • The engineering management degree is No. 6 in the country. Graduates leave the program with a keen understanding of the principles of engineering science and design with a lens into organizational management and business administration.
  • The Fulton Schools of Engineering’s industrial engineering online master’s degree lands at No. 12 in the 2021 rankings. Enhanced by ASU’s commitment to industry-led programming, the industrial engineering master’s degree has a strong focus on industrial statistics and quality engineering, applied operations research, production and supply-chain logistics, and enterprise information systems in manufacturing and service environments.

Online students in the Fulton Schools of Engineering receive instruction from the same award-winning faculty and have access to the same curriculum and resources offered to campus-immersion students. They are also privy to a unique set of technologies and services tailored for remote learners, including technical platforms focused on enhancing learning outcomes, as well as providing remote access to admissions counseling, resume writing and career placement support — all elements that increase programs’ standing in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

One group taking advantage of ASU’s innovative programs and dedication to providing access to higher education are America’s veterans. This year, the Fulton Schools of Engineering’s online degree programs are ranked No. 6 overall for veterans. ASU’s online programs are consistently ranked among the highest in the country for veterans and active-duty service members, who value distance learning programs that are affordable, accessible and reputable.

The Fulton Schools of Engineering is also committed to continuing education to meet changing workforce needs through workforce development programs, pathways and professional certifications, such as those associated with the online master’s degree in computer science, which trains students in topics including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and big data.

“Our online offerings not only introduce stackable credentials that students can apply toward attaining a graduate degree, they also provide enriching learning experiences for working professionals who want to acquire new skills that are immediately transferable to the workplace,” said Jeff Goss, assistant dean and executive director of Global Outreach and Extended Education at ASU. “We are constantly iterating to deliver innovative learning approaches to meet the needs of learners anywhere in the world at any phase of their career.”

The strength of the Fulton Schools of Engineering’s programs is bolstered by its community of scholars.

“It is the dedication and outstanding instruction by our faculty that differentiates us from our peers and enables students to become stellar practicing engineers and technologists,” Squires said.

U.S. News & World Report computed its rankings from among 105 schools offering online master’s degrees in engineering, rating them in the categories of engagement, faculty credentials and training, expert opinion, services and technologies, and student success.

See the complete list of 2021 Best Online Engineering Programs Rankings on the U.S. News & World Report website.

Lanelle Strawder

Assistant director for marketing and communications, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


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ASU among top ranked in the country for best online programs

January 26, 2021

U.S. News & World Report ranked 11 programs in top 3 in their categories

Editor’s note: This story is featured in the 2021 year in review.

Eleven Arizona State University online undergraduate and graduate degree programs ranked among the top three in their categories in the country by U.S. News & World Report. 

In addition to being ranked among the top 10 in the country for best online bachelor’s degree programs, ASU’s online bachelor's degree program in business was named best in the nation, tying with the University of Florida. The online bachelor’s degree in psychology ranked second. Both of these were new categories to the 2021 Best Online Programs rankings. 

In 2020, more than 73,000 students were enrolled at the university in one of the more than 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs available through ASU Online. This is up from more than 60,000 in 2019.

The online programs at ASU hold the same accreditation as the university’s traditional programs. ASU Online students learn the same curriculum and earn the same degree as on-campus students — which means the same rigor of coursework and quality of content, designed with the hands-on guidance and functionality to empower online learners to succeed. The same nationally and internationally recognized faculty who teach on campus teach ASU Online’s courses, and they are engaged in scholarship and the production of new knowledge in their field’s research.

ASU also utilizes more than 200 tools and technologies to not only make learning engaging, but also to allow faculty to ensure online courses meet the same academic standards and learning outcomes of their campus-based courses.

“The primary elements of ASU Online's success are the top-notch ASU faculty, its student support and its integration of technology into the learning environment,” said Executive Vice President and University Provost Mark Searle. “Meeting our learners where they are includes offering consistently excellent programs in the online space — when the rigorous academic quality of our online programs are combined with best-in-class technology and a suite of student success services unmatched in online education, ASU's programs have simply come to be recognized among the best.”

ASU also ranked among the best in the nation for a number of online graduate degree programs. 

The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College ranked in the top 15 overall for best online master’s education programs. Three online education master’s degree programs at ASU were also ranked first in the country: curriculum and instruction, educational administration and supervision, and educational/instructional media design, while the special education program ranked third.

For the Best Online Graduate Programs in Business, U.S. News & World Report ranked ASU third overall for non-MBA business programs. The W. P. Carey School of Business also ranked top 10 overall for its online MBA program and received top three rankings under four areas of study: marketing and general management were both ranked first with finance and business analytics coming in second. 

Additional 2021 online graduate program rankings for ASU were: 

Engineering: The online master’s degree in engineering placed top 10, while the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering also received top 10 rankings for the following specialties:

  • Second — electrical engineering.
  • Fifth — civil engineering.
  • Sixth — management.

Criminal justice: ASU’s online master’s degree in criminal justice in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions was ranked seventh.

U.S. News & World Report provides several higher education rankings throughout the year, most recently rating ASU as the most innovative university in the country for the sixth year in a row.

“Through ASU Online, we are committed to ensuring that anyone who is motivated to pursue their degree has the opportunity to do so, and ASU continues to prove that we can expand access to higher education through our online program offerings," said Phil Regier, university dean for educational initiatives and CEO of EdPlus at ASU. “We are pleased that ASU continues to be recognized for its academic excellence within our undergraduate and graduate online degree programs.”

The 2021 Best Online Programs rankings also ranked ASU among the best for veterans looking to pursue their degree through an online program. The university was ranked fourth in the nation for bachelor’s degree programs for veterans, as well as in the top 10 for graduate programs for veterans in criminal justice, education, engineering and business MBA.

More on the 2021 U.S. News & World Report online rankings

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Carrie Peterson

Associate Director, Media Relations , EdPlus at Arizona State University