By Jeff Willadsen, Global Campus Senior Writer
Five Washington State University online programs ranked among the best in the nation for 2022 by U.S. News & World Report.
WSU Global Campus ranked 19th nationally for its undergraduate degrees in the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs category, including its undergraduate business and psychology programs which ranked 8th and 13th, respectively. WSU’s online MBA program, from the Carson College of Business, ranked 20th among the nation’s Best Online MBA Programs, and the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture’s online graduate engineering programs ranked 27th in the Best Online Engineering Programs category.
The national news magazine released its latest rankings today.
Global Campus’ bachelor programs rose 9 spots from 28th place in the 2021 rankings, making WSU’s the highest-ranked online undergraduate programs in Washington State.
“It’s great to see us rise in the ranking so much this year,” said Dave Cillay, WSU Global Campus chancellor. “WSU online degrees are highly sought-after by students throughout the Pacific Northwest and the world. And our consistently high rankings in U.S. News are a testament to the innovation and hard work of faculty, staff and students here at WSU Global Campus.”
The WSU programs were also named among the nation’s best for veterans. Online undergraduate programs ranked 14th in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, online MBA ranked 15th in Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans, and online graduate engineering programs ranked 18th in Best Online Engineering Graduate Programs for Veterans.
“Our online bachelor programs are very popular among our military-affiliated populations because of their quality and flexibility,” said Penny Martinez, the veterans affairs coordinator for WSU Global Campus. “The fact that they can earn a WSU degree from anywhere in the world allows us to serve students who are on active duty, as well as veterans and those who are in the reserves and national guard. We get a lot of feedback on how great our online programs are for these student groups.”
WSU’s Global Campus offers 21 undergraduate and 13 graduate degrees in many disciplines, as well as numerous minors and certificates.
“Maintaining our top 20 ranking with U.S. News & World Report demonstrates our strong commitment toward providing an excellent online MBA program to students across the globe,” said Chip Hunter, Carson College dean. “The recognition of our online bachelor’s programs at 8th further validates our efforts to continually grow in the online space.”
In engineering, WSU was the only university in Washington State to rank among the top of U.S. News’ Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs.
“Our online engineering degree programs in engineering technology management and electrical power engineering provide an invaluable service to professionals who seek to advance their management and engineering skills to better meet industry needs,” said Mary Rezac, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture dean. ” We’re proud of this acknowledgement of our efforts in making education accessible to professionals around the region, state, and elsewhere.”
To calculate rankings for online bachelor’s programs, U.S. News and World Report evaluated data collected from 384 schools in four categories: engagement, services and technologies, faculty credentials and training, and expert opinion. They also ranked 165 undergraduate business programs and 55 undergraduate psychology programs. To evaluate the nations’ 358 online MBA and 112 online graduate engineering programs, the magazine used five categories: engagement, expert opinion, faculty credentials and training, student excellence, and student services and technologies.