CHICAGO, Jan. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Best College Values is a website that releases monthly rankings, along with other resources, highlighting colleges that provide great value through a balance of reputation for quality, low tuition rates, and a high return on investment. This month Best College Values has released the 10 Best Value Online Master's of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering (http://www.bestcollegevalues.com/rankings/online/best-online-masters-nuclear-engineering/).
The ranking consists of ten regionally accredited colleges and universities with good reputations for offering high quality academic programs in engineering according to one or more national publications such as U.S. News & World Report. The ranking also compares tuition rates, return on investment according to Payscale.com, graduation rates, and cohort default rates to produce an overall score of 1-100.
Placing first in this ranking is Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, placed second and the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, placed third.
Other colleges and universities that made the ranking are listed below in alphabetical order.
Iowa State University—Ames, Iowa
Northeastern University—Boston, Massachusetts
Pennsylvania State University—World Campus
Thomas Edison State University—Trenton, New Jersey
University Engineering Alliance
University of Texas—Austin, Texas
Worcester Polytechnic University—Worcester Massachusetts
"The need for qualified nuclear engineers is expected to increase as energy consumption grows," says Brett Gershon, site editor at Best College Values. He adds, "Because nuclear power reduces the environmental impacts of fossil fuels, as well as fossil fuel dependency, many countries around the world are relying more on nuclear power plants for their energy needs. In the United States alone, hundreds of additional nuclear scientists and engineers will be needed each year to fill the demand in a variety of fields such as medicine, manufacturing, agriculture, and security."
Gershon also notes that besides offering fantastic job security, a career in engineering is widely considered to be one of the most lucrative and fulfilling available. A master's degree provides the necessary training for professionals to move into advanced level positions in areas such as nuclear power equipment manufacturing, utility industries, engineering consulting firms, and government, making this a valuable degree on multiple levels. Moreover, an online degree in engineering-- in contrast to an on site degree-- is a particularly convenient way for students to make a career advancement without having to disrupt their already busy professional lives. This ranking hopes to serve as a useful guide for students who are in the process of making this important choice.
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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