U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings for the nation’s top graduate schools are in, and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has been ranked No. 89 for its graduate degree program in engineering — marking the third consecutive year that the university has been listed among the Top 100. This year, NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering is also celebrating its 100th anniversary of public service through engineering.
Fadi P. Deek, NJIT provost and senior executive vice president, said, “Many factors played a role in NJIT’s top ranking for graduate engineering programs. Apart from the range of disciplines we offer students, our research expenditures and the number of doctoral degrees we awarded both increased. Also of great impact was the gain we realized in our peer assessment score, indicating the high regard the higher education community holds for NJIT.”
“At NJIT, we prepare graduate students for professionally and financially rewarding careers through a robust academic environment and engagement in innovative real-world research,” added Sotirios G. Ziavras, vice provost for graduate studies and dean of the graduate faculty at NJIT. “Our good rankings in U.S. News & World Report reinforce our reputation for being one of the nation’s best graduate engineering programs.”
Moshe Kam, dean of the Newark College of Engineering, noted, “We have expanded greatly the laboratory, hands-on and experiential learning components of engineering education at NJIT, providing students at all levels with access to state-of-the-art physical and computing machinery, and gearing our curriculum to extensive utilization of these facilities. In line with the motto — ‘if you can dream it, you can make it at NJIT’ — we have provided our students with a new 10,000-square-foot Makerspace; a new suite of materials characterization and microscopy instrumentation; and new opportunities in prototyping and 3D printing. Our realistic and lab-centric approach to engineering education has contributed greatly to our increased popularity with prospective students, and to the growing interest of R&D centers, industry and other academic institutions in our graduates.”
The U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on “expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.” Deans, program directors and senior faculty provide their peer assessment of a program’s academic quality; for engineering and four other disciplines, professionals who hire new graduates offer evaluations as well. Statistical indicators measure the qualities that students and faculty bring to the program, along with the links between graduates’ degrees and their career achievements.
U.S. News & World Report collected its data from statistical surveys of more than 2,054 graduate programs, and reputation surveys sent to over 22,018 academics and professionals in the featured disciplines. The surveys were conducted in fall 2018 and early 2019.
To learn more about NJIT’s graduate programs, visit njit.edu/graduatestudies. For more information on the university’s graduate engineering programs, visit engineering.njit.edu/nceprograms/graduate and engineering.njit.edu/nceprograms/doctoral.