By: J.D. Ross
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The School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University has been ranked No. 9 in best online degree programs for graduate computer information technology by U.S. News and World Report for 2015.

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

“U.S. News evaluated several factors to rank the best online computer information technology degree programs, including selectivity, graduation rates and student services and technologies,” said the magazine in a release.

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

“We are very proud to receive this recognition for our strong online graduate programs,” said Susan Corieri, assistant dean for enrollment management at the iSchool. “We have been a leader in the field of online learning for more than 20 years, and we continue to evolve and develop our programs and curricula to best fit the needs of digital learners today.”

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

“The iSchool’s online programs attract working professionals who wouldn’t otherwise have access to this type of education,” 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 limited residencies and asynchronous course delivery, students can learn virtually anytime, anywhere, earning their graduate degrees with flexible study schedules. This flexibility 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 the No. 9 online program ranking, the iSchool has been ranked No. 1 in information systems for library and information schools in the U.S. News and World Report 2014 best graduate schools rankings, and No. 1 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.