RIT’s online degree programs ranked among nation’s best in 2020
‘U.S. News & World Report’ recognizes RIT for its online graduate and bachelor’s programs
A. Sue Weisler
Rochester Institute of Technology has been recognized for offering some of the best online programs in the nation.
The 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings, released today, featured RIT on its lists for business, computing, engineering and undergraduate online education. RIT ranked:
- Tied for 28th in the nation for “Best Online MBA Programs,” for the online executive MBA program offered by Saunders College of Business
- In the 45th – 58th range for “Best Online Computer Information Technology Programs,” for graduate programs offered by the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
- In the 74th – 94th range for “Best Online Engineering Programs,” for graduate programs offered by the Kate Gleason College of Engineering
RIT also ranked on the list for “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” and “Best Online Business Programs,” for non-MBA graduate programs offered by Saunders College of Business.
“I am delighted that U.S. News and World Report is recognizing RIT’s online programs,” said Ellen Granberg, RIT’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “Whether a student logs on in the U.S. or overseas, they can have access to a world-class education from RIT’s outstanding faculty. Our innovative programs not only prepare students for today’s competitive workplace, but for the challenges they’ll face tomorrow as well.”
U.S. News updated the methodology this year to give credit to schools that provide online help with course registration, admissions counseling and building a résumé. Ultimately, the rankings measure whether online degree programs have academic standards equal with quality brick-and-mortar programs and are properly adapted toward the unique pedagogy of distance education.
The rankings are based on data collected from the nation’s colleges and universities, which are then weighted by certain criteria, including engagement, expert opinion, faculty credentials and training, student excellence, and student services and technologies. Altogether, 1,600 online degree programs are cataloged in the U.S. News searchable directory—an all-time high.
While these rankings only pertain to full degree programs, RIT also offers a wide variety of online education opportunities designed around industry standards, employer demand and the perspectives of our global network through RIT Online.
For more information about earning a degree through RIT Online, go to RIT’s Online and Professional Education webpage.
The full rankings are available online at the U.S. News Best Online Programs Rankings website.