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SAN FRANCISCO--What are some of the best schools to obtain a
graduate engineering degree online? Turns out they're many of the
same universities that have great brick-and-mortar programs.
U.S. News and World Report is out with its top 50 rankings, this
week, and the top five probably won't surprise:
- USC Viterbi School
- Penn State
- Columbia (Fu Foundation)
By contrast, the top 5 institutions on U.S. News' "regular"
engineering-schools list are, in order, MIT, Stanford, U.C.
Berkeley, Georgia Tech and Cal Tech. Michigan ranks 8th, Purdue 10th, USC 11th and Michigan 15th in that list.
The magazine published an extensive
methodology that went into its onling rankings,
starting with a definition of a distance learning program:
A program for which all the required coursework for program
completion is able to be completed via distance education
courses that incorporate Internet-based learning technologies.
Distance education courses are courses that deliver instruction
to students who are separated from the instructor and support
regular and substantive interaction between the students and the
instructor synchronously or asynchronously.
The magazine weighted a number of factors within areas including
student engagement, faculty credentials, students services and
technology, admissions selectivity.
Curious to me is that cost is not weighed in the magazine's
methodology. (This is odd at a time in North America where the cost
of college in general is coming under fire and since the cost
structure of distance learning, at least theoretically, should offer
some tuition bargains).
Here's a sample of the online tuition costs, which vary widely:
- USC ($1,569 per credit)
- Columbia ($1,578 per credit)
- Purdue ($1,111 per credit)
- N.C. State (#7, $726 per out-of-state per credit)
- UCLA (#11, $916 per out-of-state per credit)
- Texas Tech University (#50, $1,515 per credit in-state and
$3,621 out of state).
Generally, engineers can secure higher-paid positions with graduate
degrees, and, since it's hard to put your budding career aside to
got back to school full time, online is option to advance your career. And it's good know
there are some excellent (if not cheap) programs to consider.
My question to you is:
- Have you participated in online graduate-engineering programs
and, if so, what was your experience?
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