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U.S. News & World Report ranks New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) graduate computer information technology programs 17th among the “Best Online Programs” offered by universities throughout the country — up 21 slots since last year. NJIT also offers other online programs that were mentioned by the report, such as the MBA and graduate programs in engineering.

“We are very pleased to be included in U.S. News & World Report’s list of the country’s best online higher education programs,” said Sotirios G. Ziavras, D.Sc., associate provost for graduate studies and dean of the graduate faculty at NJIT. “The value of graduate degrees, as well as graduate certificates, cannot be underestimated when it comes to career advancement. Not only are they often essential for landing well-paying positions, they help cultivate leadership qualities and contribute to personal growth as well.”

Added Michael Halper, professor and information technology program director at NJIT’s Ying Wu College of Computing, “We are thrilled that our online master’s degree program in IT has obtained this recognition. It reflects the quality of the education, the experiential learning component of the program, and the flexibility of the converged-learning delivery by our dedicated IT faculty. We look forward to continuing to serve and improve the tech sector, both locally and nationally.”

Online learning has become an integral component of higher education. At NJIT, students receive innovative and immediately applicable skill-building instruction through 34 advanced online programs. In addition to its online MBA, NJIT provides 12 online master’s degree programs in fields ranging from civil engineering and engineering management, to computer science and information systems, to transportation and IT administration and security. NJIT also offers 21 online graduate certificate programs, many in emerging fields such as data mining, network security and information assurance. These programs culminate in a stand-alone credential and can be applied toward a related master’s degree.

For each category, U.S. News & World Report looked at student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. In this, its seventh year of collecting data from distance education programs, the publisher assessed nearly 1,500 online degree programs.

To learn more about NJIT’s online graduate programs, visit njit.edu/online/programs.

One of only 32 polytechnic universities in the United States, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. NJIT is rated an "R1" research university by the Carnegie Classification®, which indicates the highest level of research activity. NJIT conducts approximately $162 million in research activity each year and has a $2.8 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey. NJIT is ranked #1 nationally by Forbes for the upward economic mobility of its lowest-income students and is among the top 2 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT also is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 50 public national universities.