RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Bestcollegevalues.com is a website that provides resources on objective value in higher education. Best College Values rankings highlight programs of study that balance low tuition with a high return on investment and reputable quality. By offering an objective comparison of institutions, these rankings help prospective students as they search for a program of study. When prospective students do not have to sort through the objective differences between schools, they are freer to focus on subjective factors and personal preferences in order to find an institution that will be a good fit for their individual needs and interests.
This month, Best College Values has released the latest in its series of Best Value College Value rankings, the 30 Best Value Online Master's of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering. (http://www.bestcollegevalues.com/rankings/best-online-masters-mechanical-engineering/)
This ranking is limited to schools that are regionally accredited by one of the six regional accrediting bodies for colleges and universities. All schools in this ranking enjoy a reputation for offering high quality academic programs in engineering in one or more national publications such as U.S. News & World Report.
Coming first in this ranking was Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas ranked second, and the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, came in third.
Other colleges and universities that made the ranking are listed below in alphabetical order:
Auburn University—Auburn, Alabama
Boston University—Boston Massachusetts
Colorado State University—Fort Collins, Colorado
Columbia University—New York City, New York
Iowa State University—Ames, Iowa
Johns Hopkins University—Baltimore, Maryland
Kansas State University—Manhattan, Kansas
Lehigh University—Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Michigan Technological University—Houghton, Michigan
Mississippi State University—Starkville, Mississippi
Missouri University of Science and Technology—Rolla, Missouri
North Carolina State University—Raleigh, North Carolina
Pennsylvania State University—World Campus
Purdue University—West Lafayette, Indiana
Stevens Institute of Technology—Hoboken, New Jersey
University of Alabama—Tuscaloosa, Alabama
University of Arkansas—Fayetteville, Arkansas
University of California—Los Angeles, California
University of Central Florida—Orlando, Florida
University of Cincinnati—Cincinnati, Ohio
University of Florida—Gainesville, Florida
University of Southern California—Los Angeles, California
University of Texas—Austin, Texas
University of Wisconsin—Madison, Wisconsin
Villanova University—Radnor, Pennsylvania
Virginia Commonwealth University—Richmond, Virginia
Worcester Polytechnic Institute—Worcester, Massachusetts
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, those with a master's degree in engineering can earn an average of $400,000 more than those with only a bachelor's degree. Brett Gershon, site editor, says, "Because we live in a rapidly advancing technological society, the field of engineering is one of the most lucrative and secure professional fields, with the number of jobs for individuals with engineering training predicted to grow significantly in the coming years." Because a Master's degree in engineering is known to provide some of the best returns on the investment among advanced degrees, these online degree programs are an excellent way for professionals to gain significant professional advantages without disrupting current employment or needing to relocate. These "Best Value" rankings are intended to direct prospective students to online programs that are specialization specific, balance reasonable tuition rates, offer a reputably high quality of education, and a high return on investment.
BestCollegeValues.com is an online resource for prospective college students seeking an education worth its cost. Best College Values strives to provide the most comprehensive and rigorously researched set of online resources on the intersections of college affordability, educational quality, and educational outcomes so that individuals pursuing higher education can find the best college at the best price.
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