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U.S. News ranks online engineering program in top 10

Students from Cornell's Systems Engineering M.Eng. Distance Learning program cap off their one-week on-campus project course with a competition in Duffield Hall.

For the fourth consecutive year, Cornell is in the top 10 on the 2018 ranking of Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs compiled by U.S. News & World Report.

Cornell earned the accolade through its only online engineering graduate degree, the Systems Engineering M.Eng. Distance Learning program. After increasing its score from 76 to 84 (out of 100), Cornell sits in the No. 10 position in the 2018 ranking.

The ranking is based on student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity. U.S. News revamped its ranking metrics for 2018, most notably placing a higher emphasis on graduation rate and terminal degree faculty, while giving slightly lower weight to best practices and one-year retention rates.

U.S. News lists the Distance Learning program’s flexibility for completion and eight-credit project experience as distinguishing characteristics. It also notes that the program offers the same degree and classes offered to on-campus students, and 100 percent of students taking the online courses are working professionals, mostly from Fortune 500 companies.

“Our curriculum’s courses, and particularly our in-depth project experiences, mirror the wide range of expertise of our world-class faculty,” said David Schneider, director of M.Eng. studies for systems engineering. “This includes course topics such as industrial, environmental, robotics, transportation, space, agricultural and health care applications.”

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