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US News and World Report ranks OSU's online STEM programs among nation’s best

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

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Oklahoma State University’s STEM programs are among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Online Programs rankings.  

The 2024 U.S. News Best Online Programs assessed more than 1,600 online bachelor's and master's degree programs using metrics specific to online learning. The rankings only included degree-granting programs offered primarily online by regionally accredited institutions. 

OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology ranked in the top 10 tied at No. 9 in the category for Best Online Master's in Engineering Programs for Veterans. 

“CEAT is excited and proud that the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff were rewarded with outstanding rankings for both our online master’s in engineering programs and for veterans,” said Dr. John Veenstra, CEAT interim dean. “CEAT’s 25-year legacy of excellence in its online master’s in engineering programs traces back to its visionary and innovative creator, Dr. Ken Case, emeritus regents professor in industrial engineering and management and member of the National Academy of Engineering. CEAT takes great pride in its extraordinary faculty, course instructors, and staff who support our students worldwide with opportunities for professional career growth and development. This program allows our graduates to enrich their careers and professional knowledge via the online graduate programs.”  

CEAT also ranked in the top 15% of institutions for online master’s in engineering programs — tied at No. 14 which is an 18-spot improvement from last year ahead of other Big 12 schools such as Kansas State University, Texas Tech University, University of Central Florida and the University of Oklahoma. 

OSU’s Spears School of Business appeared in four different categories. Spears ranked in the top 5% for best online master's in MBA programs — tied at No. 16, an 11-spot improvement from last year — ahead of other Big 12 schools Kansas State University, Texas Tech University and the University of Oklahoma.  

In another program for veterans-focused category, OSU tied at No. 14 for best online MBA programs for veterans, placing OSU in the top 15% of institutions nationally.  

“I have seen our dedication to empowering military affiliated students across the country truly manifest itself over the past few years,” said Vince Rivera, OSU veterans success coordinator. “Our mission to provide accessible, flexible and outstanding academic opportunities to our active duty and veteran Cowboys from across the country is something to be proud of.” 

Spears Business tied at No. 20 for the best online business analytics MBA programs. Spears ranked in the top 100 for best online master's in business programs.  

“The Spears School of Business continues to demonstrate excellence in business education as exemplified by our recent U.S. News & World Report top-20 ranking of our online MBA program,” said Dr. Jim Payne, dean of Spears Business. “It is a testament to our dedicated faculty and staff who without question deliver a high-quality educational experience for our students.”

OSU’s College of Education and Human Sciences ranked in the top half of universities — tied at No. 141 — for best online master’s in education programs, finishing above Big 12 counterparts such as the University of Oklahoma and West Virginia University. 

OSU also ranked in the top 200 for best online bachelor’s degree programs, surpassing nearly half the field in this overall category.

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