K-State's Global Campus, political science programs receive high rankings

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K-State graduate programs were ranked No. 1 in the country for both career support and faculty support by GraduatePrograms.com. (Image: K-State Communications and Marketing)

Kansas State University is reaching new heights with distance education, according to U.S. News & World Report's latest rankings of the best online degree programs.

The university ranks No. 20 for the best online graduate engineering programs and No. 86 for the best online graduate education programs. The university's online programs are administered through K-State's Global Campus. 

K-State offers online engineering master's degrees in software engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, nuclear engineering, engineering management and operations research.

"To have our online graduate program ranked in the Top 20 by U.S. News & World Report is a proud accomplishment for both the college and university," said Darren Dawson, dean of the College of Engineering. "It is a strong indicator of the high quality of our students and faculty, as well as the research they are pursuing."

Online education master's degrees include academic advising, adult and continuing education, and curriculum and instruction.

"It is an honor to be recognized among the best programs in the country," said Debbie Mercer, dean of the College of Education. "It is affirming that the quality of our program, which is built upon relevant and challenging content, is receiving attention."

Sue Maes, dean of Global Campus, added, "Kansas State University's online graduate programs continue to meet industry needs for an increasingly educated and skilled U.S. workforce. We are pleased to help extend these programs to adult learners on a national and global scale."

More than 1,200 online programs were surveyed by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings were evaluated in five categories: student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer reputation and admissions selectivity.

K-State’s Department of Political Science also has received accolades. According to GraduatePrograms.com, the graduate education experience offered by K-State's Political Science department is among the best in the country.

The GraduatePrograms.com website surveys recent and current graduate students on the quality and value of their graduate education, and then evaluates programs across 15 categories. Overall, the graduate programs housed in K-State's Department of Political Science were ranked the 13th best in the country between Harvard University (ranked No. 12) and Yale University (ranked No. 14). K-State's graduate programs were ranked first in the country for both career support and faculty support.

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