Penn State World Campus programs ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News

Penn State World Campus’s comprehensive portfolio of online degree programs has been included in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Program rankings.

The annual rankings, which were released February 7, recognize undergraduate and graduate degree programs primarily offered in disciplines like business, education, and engineering from among 1,600 degree programs offered nationwide.

World Campus placed first for its bachelor’s in psychology program and earned top-5 recognition for programs including master’s in engineering, bachelor’s in business, and master’s in engineering management.

U.S. News & World Report reviews submitted surveys and rates higher education institutions on categories of engagement, services and technologies, faculty credentials and training, and peer assessment. The graduate degree program surveys measured those categories as well as student excellence.

The Best Online Programs 2024 edition includes rankings of specific disciplines within the program categories.

Overall Best Online Program rankings

  • No. 3 (tie), master’s in engineering
  • No. 7, master’s in information technology
  • No. 18 (tie), master’s in business (non-MBA)
  • No. 19 (tie), master’s in education
  • No. 22 (tie), MBA
  • No. 32 (tie), bachelor’s programs

The specialties rankings were measured by ratings provided by peer institutions.

Specialty program rankings

  • No. 1, bachelor’s in psychology
  • No. 3 (tie), bachelor’s in business
  • No. 5 (tie), master’s in engineering management
  • No. 6, master’s in industrial engineering
  • No. 7, master’s in education/instructional media design
  • No. 7 (tie), master’s in mechanical engineering
  • No. 9 (tie), master’s in education administration and supervision
  • No. 10, master’s in education curriculum and instruction
  • No. 11 (tie), master’s in electrical engineering
  • No. 11 (tie), MBA management
  • No. 13 (tie), MBA finance
  • No. 13 (tie), master’s in special education

Penn State was one of the pioneers in online higher education when it launched Penn State World Campus in 1998. It now features a diverse selection of more than 175 degree and certificate programs that are offered online.

Penn State World Campus marked its 25th anniversary in 2023, and more than 37,000 students have graduated from its programs.

Learn more about the undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered online through Penn State World Campus.

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