January 24, 2023

Purdue ECE’s online MSECE ranks 1st in the nation

The online MSECE in the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering has once again been ranked 1st by the U.S. News & World Report rankings of the Best Online Programs.
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For the third year in a row, Purdue ECE's Online Master's progam has been ranked #1 in the Nation. Stock photo.

The online MSECE in the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering has once again been ranked 1st by the U.S. News & World Report rankings of the Best Online Programs. Purdue ECE also claimed the top spot last year.

“The latest U.S. News rankings reflect our ongoing momentum as we expand the range, scale and impact of Purdue Engineering’s online learning,“ said Mark Lundstrom, interim dean of Purdue’s College of Engineering and the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “Our growing suite of courses, certificates, and degrees in in microelectronic and semiconductor engineering is one recent example of how our faculty, staff, and university and corporate partners are creating online opportunities for students – opportunities that address the nation’s critical need for an expanded and upskilled semiconductor workforce.” 

Purdue is engaged in an initiative to build a best-in-class collection of online courses and programs to serve a variety of students, working adults, professionals and corporate partners with high-quality offerings that address high-need, high-demand areas and are accessible, affordable and demonstrably beneficial. Dimitrios Peroulis, the Michael and Katherine Birck Head and Reilly Professor in Purdue ECE, says Purdue Engineering will remain committed to offering quality programs through innovative educational vehicles for the university’s growing online community.

“We are grateful to our online students, dedicated faculty, academic advisors, success coaches, alumni and Purdue Engineering Online staff for their critical contributions to this effort,” he said.

Peroulis has served as Engineering’s academic lead for online learning since January 2018 and has been appointed senior vice president of Purdue University Online, effective July 1, 2023.

Collectively, online master’s programs from the Purdue College of Engineering rank second among 119 colleges and universities considered for ranking, after placing third in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Purdue's online engineering master’s programs as a whole trail only the University of California, Los Angeles. Among Big Ten schools, Purdue heads the list, with Pennsylvania State University ranked in the third spot ahead of four other Big Ten schools listed in the top 10: the universities of Illinois (fourth), Michigan (sixth), Wisconsin (eighth) and Nebraska (10th).

Purdue online master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management all rank No. 1 for 2023, as they did in 2022. The online Civil Engineering master’s is No. 2, also the same as in 2022.

The organizers of the annual U.S. News rankings analyze such factors as the quality of students entering a program; online teaching practices so students stay enrolled and graduate on time; how the programs employ technologies to allow students flexibility; and the quality of student support services, career guidance and financial aid resources.

Also weighed are faculty credentials and training, including the degree to which online instructors’ credentials mirror those of on-campus faculty and the training instructors receive to teach distance learners.

In addition, U.S. News conducts a peer assessment survey of high-ranking academic officials – in the case of the engineering rankings, deans of engineering schools and top online learning leaders – as an important element of reviewing Purdue and other institutions for ranking.

Source: Purdues online engineering programs gain overall in U.S. News rankings of Best Online Programs