U.S. News and World Report Ranks NYU Online Graduate Computer Information Tech Program among Top Three in Nation

NYU Tandon Online Graduate Engineering Program Rated Also in the Top Dozen

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U.S. News & World Report today ranked New York University Tandon School of Engineering’s online graduate program in Computer Information Technology No. 3 in the nation and the best in the Northeast region. Falling within that category are NYU Tandon’s offerings in information systems, computer engineering, bioinformatics, software engineering, and cybersecurity, which is the most popular and competitive online program at the school.

NYU Tandon’s entire online graduate engineering program ranked No. 11 nationally, the fifth successive year that U.S. News & World Report rated the school among the top dozen such programs.

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For the 2017 Best Online Graduate Programs rankings, U.S. News reviewed such factors as admissions requirements, retention and graduation rates, student engagement and services, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training. A survey of on-line graduates by NYU Tandon revealed 100 percent job placement within six months of graduation; for those already holding jobs, 73 percent reported they received a promotion or raise within the same period.

Although the online engineering program chiefly attracts professionals in the United States who are pursuing their master’s degrees (93 percent of enrollees), the online classes are open to NYU Tandon’s bricks-and-mortar students, too. The school’s survey revealed its traditionally enrolled international students valued the closed-captioned and recorded lectures offered by online courses because they could study at their own pace.

“We are exceedingly pleased to be recognized among the 2017 Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs and gratified to have our Computer Information Technology offerings listed at number 3 in the nation,” said Dean Katepalli R. Sreenivasan. “The pedagogical techniques and virtual laboratories that we have helped pioneer have opened research and higher-education opportunities to talented students whose schedules might otherwise preclude such opportunities. Our world becomes a better place with such highly motivated, educated, and skilled engineers willing to undertake society’s biggest challenges.”

“NYU Tandon has always striven to make our virtual classrooms among the most rigorous yet supportive in the world, and it is gratifying to have that affirmed by such a highly respected publication," said Nasir Memon, a professor of computer science and engineering and the new head of NYU Tandon Online. 

On January 1, 2017, Memon assumed the role of associate dean for online learning, succeeding now-vice dean emeritus Robert Ubell, a widely recognized proponent of online learning and a past recipient of the A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award from the Online Learning Consortium. Memon founded NYU Tandon’s cybersecurity program, acknowledged among the leaders in the country and one of only a handful in the country to earn all three Center of Excellence designations from the National Security Agency. He also founded the largest student-run cybersecurity competition in the world, and was instrumental in the growth of NYU Tandon’s online offerings. NYU Tandon cybersecurity master’s degree program was once named the nation’s number-one online program by the Online Learning Consortium.

Although not part of the programs surveyed for the rankings, one of the school’s newest and most unusual online efforts is “A Bridge to NYU Tandon," a unique program that gives students lacking a background in computer science a gateway to a master's degree in the field. Those completing the 15-week Bridge course with a grade of B+ or better (and who meet all other NYU Tandon admissions requirements) can qualify for the NYU Tandon master’s program in computer science or cybersecurity.

NYU Tandon piloted a system of “active learning” — which engages students in interactive modules — for professional education classes developed with Scientific American. It later rolled out the pedagogical approach across all its online courses, and students continue to benefit from unlimited access to lectures and assignments, a 24/7 help desk, and connect to the global NYU community from anywhere in the world. During real-time webinars, students participate in live Q&A sessions. With their instructor and fellow students, they share ideas using webinars, screen recording and sharing, discussion boards, chat rooms, virtual labs, interactive polling, and built-in phone and VOIP lines. High-quality video, audio, multimedia, and animation also engage students.

The 2017 rankings can be viewed at www.usnews.com/online. For more information on Tandon Online, visit engineering.nyu.edu/academics/online.

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About the NYU Tandon School of Engineering
The NYU Tandon School of Engineering dates to 1854, when the New York University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture as well as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly) were founded. Their successor institutions merged in January 2014 to create a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention, and entrepreneurship and dedicated to furthering technology in service to society. In addition to its main location in Brooklyn, NYU Tandon collaborates with other schools within the country’s largest private research university and is closely connected to engineering programs in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai. It operates business incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn and an award-winning online graduate program.