The School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University has been ranked No. 17 for best online degree programs for graduate computer information technology by U.S. News and World Report for 2017.

The full rankings, released earlier today, are available on the U.S. News and World Report website.

U.S. News “developed the Best Online Programs rankings to provide students with the tools to identify programs that offer top faculty, positive student engagement and generous support services – all of which are key to productive online learning,” the magazine said in a release.

At the iSchool, all masters degree programs can be completed either on-campus or online.

“We are proud to receive this recognition from U.S. News for our online graduate programs,” said Susan Corieri, assistant dean for enrollment management at the iSchool. “We believe our programs are strong, and we have been a leader in the field of online learning for nearly 25 years. We continue to grow and develop our programs and curricula to best fit the changing needs of today’s digital learners.” 

“We are pleased to be ranked highly again for the fourth year in this survey that continues to be increasingly competitive” said Victoria Williams, director of online education at the iSchool.

“Our online programs attract working professionals who require the flexibility and access to faculty expertise we provide,” noted Williams. “Our online programs also allow us to draw from a pool of high quality distance faculty members and instructors. 

Online program offerings at the iSchool have the same curriculum, faculty, and tuition as their respective on-campus programs. Faculty are trained in online pedagogy and have direct contact with students enrolled in online courses. With a limited immersion requirement, students are able to learn virtually anytime, anywhere, earning their graduate degrees with flexible study schedules. This allows the iSchool to attract some of the best professionals in their related fields and the online classroom becomes an environment that enhances engagement and expands professional networks. 

In addition to this latest online program ranking, the iSchool is ranked No. 1 in information systems for library and information schools in U.S. News and World Report’s best graduate schools rankings (2014), and No. 11 for online computer information technology programs for veterans. The iSchool also ranked third for school library media, third in digital librarianship, and fourth overall in the library and information science category.