Texas A&M University’s online graduate engineering program was ranked first in the state of Texas according to the 2018 rankings released Jan. 9 by U.S. News & World Report Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs. The program was ranked No. 8 in the U.S. overall and No. 6 among public institutions.

“The high ranking of our online engineering graduate degree program by U.S. News & World Report reflects our dedication to providing high-quality programs across The Texas A&M University System,” Chancellor John Sharp said. “This latest announcement underscores Dean (M. Katherine) Banks’ incredible leadership, and confirms that the ongoing investment in faculty and facilities being made by the College of Engineering is positively affecting not only our traditional on-campus rankings but online degree programs as well.”

This year's rankings include nearly 1,500 distance education programs across eight degree options for adults looking to further their education and improve career-related skills. The rankings include public and private colleges and universities with degree-granting programs offering online classes needed to complete the degree. Programs are rated on graduate indebtedness, course delivery, and academic and career support made available to students remotely.

In addition to its overall ranking, Texas A&M was also ranked No. 1 in student engagement among Texas schools. The College of Engineering’s online graduate program offers online engineering courses and provides professional support for departments and faculty engaged in distance education.