Online degree program receives recognition

Online degree program receives recognition

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The online Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering program in Texas A&M University-Kingsville (AMK) has gained recognition by U.S. News and World Report.
The online graduate degree program from the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering is ranked 4th in the nation for student engagement and accreditation and ranked 21st for student services and technology by U.S. News and World Report’s Online Master of Engineering Degree rankings.
AMK was the only university from Texas included in the student services rankings, and was the first of two Texas universities on the engagement and accreditation.
“This recognition means a lot to our industrial engineering master’s program,” said Dr. Kai Jin, associate professor and interim chair of the mechanical and industrial engineering department.
Jin also mentioned that this recognition is due to the dedication of the professors involved in this program.
“All the professors are certified virtual instructors. Since most of the online students work full time, our faculty spend a lot of time during evenings and weekends to answer phone calls and emails to help students,” Jin said.
The recognition also drew the attention of students.
“I’m glad that I am attending a school with that type of recognition. It’ll be a lot easier for people who want a master’s degree,” said Victor Fernandez, an undergraduate student majoring in mechanical engineering.
With the recognition of U.S. News and World Report, it’s no question that undergraduate engineering majors are considering the online graduate program a viable option.
“Initially, I thought online courses would not be a good idea, because it’s not the same type of education,” said Daniela Troncoso, a chemical engineer undergrad. “But after seeing that it makes advancing your degree more available while having a full time job, I realize that I want to end up doing that too. A lot of people would like to further their education while working, and A&M Kingsville just made it possible.”
Last semester, the program had about a dozen students that lived anywhere from Corpus Christi to Florida.
The program is expected to grow, and even include students of other countries, like China and Mexico.
For additional information, contact Dr. Hua Li, industrial engineering graduate coordinator, at 361-593-4057 or email [email protected]

Fares Sabawi
Managing Editor