Engineering online master’s programs rank in top 30 for veterans

Walter Scott Jr., College of Engineering has been recognized in the top 30 best online master’s programs for veterans for the second time in three years.

The full rankings, released on January 25th, are available on the U.S News and World Report website. Among public, land-grant universities for best online master’s programs for veterans, CSU is listed in the top 20.

“Student veterans come to CSU’s engineering distance education programs from across the U.S. because our programs are developed with the needs of these students in mind,” said David McLean, dean of the College.

The U.S. News and World Report rankings, released annually, take into consideration the quality of the programs and the extent to which a program made financial benefits available to veterans.

In Fall 2021, 164 online master’s students were enrolled in the college, with around 10 percent identifying as veterans.

All military personnel admitted to CSU’s online engineering degree programs may be eligible for a 15 percent tuition discount. These financial benefits are central to the university’s strategy of providing access to high-quality graduate education.

“In an online master’s program, student veterans engage with our experienced faculty, many of whom are veterans themselves, and take courses alongside industry experts and traditional students,” said Tom Bradley, department head and Woodward professor in systems engineering. The Department of Systems Engineering currently has over 70 online master’s students enrolled, 15 percent of which are student veterans.

“Student veterans gain the academic skillset that enables their intellectual and career growth, while earning a degree or certificate from a university that is recognized as outstanding in these fields,” Bradley said.

The College offers online master’s degree programs in advanced manufacturing, aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and systems engineering.

Online master’s students in the College receive the same educational experience as their peers in the classroom. They can attend lectures synchronously or asynchronously depending on what works best for their schedule, and they earn a degree that is identical to the degree earned by our on-campus students.

About Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering trains students to engage the global, societal and environmental challenges of the day through hands-on education and research, innovation and outreach in service to the state, region and globe.

About U.S. News and World Report rankings

U.S. News assessed data from nearly 1,500 online degree programs. The rankings include programs that are completely online, though a program still meets the criteria if it has in-person requirements for orientations, testing and support services. The rankings do not include blended learning programs, nor do they distinguish between the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.