U.S. News rankings include Penn State World Campus bachelor’s, graduate programs

Penn State World Campus’s comprehensive portfolio of online degree programs has been included in the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings.

The annual rankings, which were released January 24, recognize bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in disciplines like business, engineering, and education, as well as specialties within certain programs. The list also rates the best programs for veterans.

World Campus notched the top spots for its master’s in engineering programs for veterans and bachelor’s in psychology program and top-5 rankings for a variety of master’s in education and engineering programs.

U.S. News & World Report reviews submitted surveys and rates higher education institutions on categories of engagement, services and technology, faculty credentials and training, and peer assessment.

The surveys for graduate degree programs measured those four categories as well as student excellence.

The Best Online Programs 2023 edition includes rankings of specific disciplines within the program categories. The specialties rankings were based on ratings provided by peer institutions.

Overall Best Online Programs rankings

Here are the full rankings of the program categories:

  • No. 3, master’s in engineering programs
  • No. 10 (tie), master’s in computer information technology programs
  • No. 16 (tie), master’s in education programs
  • No. 16 (tie), master’s in business (non-MBA) programs
  • No. 19 (tie), MBA
  • No. 25 (tie), bachelor’s programs

Best online degree programs for veterans

U.S. News also ranked Penn State World Campus on its Best Online Programs for Veterans list.

Those rankings are based on the same factors as its Best Online Programs rankings, in addition to an institution’s ability to make college more affordable and accessible through the GI Bill®, scholarships, and financial aid programs designed for military students.

Here are the rankings for Best Online Programs for Veterans:

  • No. 1, master’s in engineering
  • No. 4 (tie), master’s in education
  • No. 6, master’s in computer information technology
  • No. 7, master’s in business (non-MBA)
  • No. 15, bachelor’s
  • No. 15 (tie), MBA

Specialty rankings

  • No. 1 (tie), bachelor’s in psychology
  • No. 3 (tie), bachelor’s in business
  • No. 3, master’s in engineering — industrial
  • No. 3 (tie), master’s in education — administration and supervision
  • No. 4 (tie), master’s in education — education/instructional media design
  • No. 5, master’s in engineering — management
  • No. 5, master’s in engineering — mechanical
  • No. 5 (tie), master’s in engineering — electrical
  • No. 7 (tie), master’s in education — special education
  • No. 8, master’s in education — curriculum and instruction
  • No. 9 (tie), MBA — marketing
  • No. 9 (tie), MBA — general management
  • No. 22 (tie), MBA — business analytics

This year, Penn State is celebrating 25 years of online education through Penn State World Campus, which launched in 1998. Penn State World Campus offers more than 175 degree and certificate programs and has nearly 34,000 alumni.

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

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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