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Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 2:01am

Rochester Institute of Technology's online graduate programs in business and engineering continue to be among the best in the nation.

The 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings, released earlier today, ranked two of RIT's colleges:

  • 31st in the nation for "Best Online MBA Program," offered by Saunders College of Business
  • 49th for "Best Online Graduate Program in Engineering," offered by Kate Gleason College of Engineering

"We are honored to be recognized on a national level for our graduate programs where we emphasize a highly collaborative format that incorporates the latest advances in online learning," said Jeremy Haefner, RIT provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. "With the breathtaking rapid change in technology and workplace demands, our customized degree options have proved to be a difference maker for students in achieving their professional and personal goals."

The rankings are based on data collected from the nation's colleges and universities, which are then weighted by certain criteria, including student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and student services and technology. Altogether, more than 1,200 distance education degree programs are cataloged in the searchable directory. All programs are required to be more than a year old with at least 10 students enrolled.

While these rankings only pertain to full degree programs, RIT also offers a wide variety of online education opportunities designed around industry standards, employer demand and the perspectives of our global network through RIT Online. For more information, contact the Offices of Graduate & Part-time Enrollment Services.

The full U.S. News rankings are available online at

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