Rice Online Master of Computer Science program cracks top 15 in US News rankings

Rice online MBA program lands in top 20 in 5 different categories

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(HOUSTON) – Feb. 7, 2024 – Rice University’s Online Master of Computer Science Program leaped 13 spots in the latest edition of U.S News & World Report’s Best Online Programs rankings, announced today.

Rice University’s Online Master of Computer Science Program leaped 13 spots in the latest edition of U.S News & World Report’s Best Online Programs rankings, announced today.

The program jumped from No. 27 last year to No. 14 in the category of “Online Master’s in Information Technology,” making it the top ranked online IT program in Texas.

Launched in 2019, the program was the first of three online master’s programs established by the Rice School of Engineering. The program aims to strengthen the workforce of Houston and beyond by offering world-class education in a flexible format so that working adults can complete the degree.

“We’re so pleased to see the program getting acknowledged for the personal, high-quality learning experiences designed and delivered by our outstanding Rice faculty and online team,” said Shawn Miller, associate provost for digital learning and strategy.

“Our faculty have worked hard to bring the high-quality, on-campus Rice educational experience to our online students in new and innovative ways,” said Scott Rixner, director of professional studies in computer science and professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering. “Our rise in rankings is a testament to the fact that our graduates have successfully used the skills and knowledge they obtained from the program to advance their careers in Houston and beyond.”

MBA@Rice, the online program at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, landed at No. 18 for best online MBA programs.

Rice also ranked in the top 10 for best online finance MBA programs (tied at No. 6), best online general management MBA programs (tied at No. 8) and best online business analytics MBA programs (No. 9). Rice tied for No. 16 for best online MBA programs for veterans.

"The Rice Business curriculum empowers and supports aspiring leaders, so they can pursue bold ideas and solve today’s biggest challenges no matter where they’re living and working,” said Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice Business.

U.S. News evaluates schools based on a variety of factors such as student engagement, faculty credentials and services and technologies. This year's edition evaluates more than 1,600 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs using metrics specific to online learning. The rankings only include degree-granting programs offered primarily online by regionally accredited institutions.

To learn more about the Rice School of Engineering’s online master’s programs, visit the programs websites:

To learn more about MBA@Rice, visit onlinebusiness.rice.edu/mba/.

More information on the U.S News rankings can be found here.