Recently, I was interested to know where Virginia Tech ranks in terms of online education and distance learning. So I googled VT ranking for online degrees and the first thing that popped up is the US News ranking for best online programs. VT is actually ranked second in Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs and thirteenth in Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs. The ranking was based on different categories such as student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity. Each of these categories have different weights.

This made me curious about what other departments at Virginia Tech offered online degrees.

I found the following website which had all the information for Virginia Tech Online Degrees and Certificates.

http://www.vto.vt.edu/?.

Virginia Tech offers online Master’s Degree Programs in 14 disciplines (which includes 7 from College of Engineering out of which three are entirely online degrees:Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Master’s of Information Technology, and Master of Science in Ocean Engineering ) and Online Graduate Certificates in 10 disciplines. Some of these are offered online whereas some are offered as interactive videoconferencing. The tuition in general for the online graduate program is 767$ per hour for Virginia residents and  1,495$ per hour for non-Virginia residents. However, there are some special rates for some of the programs.

I think online education and distance learning is one of the greatest advancements of higher education and provides flexibility to earn a degree from any location and at their own time of convenience. This could be a very good opportunity for working people, parents with little kids, people with disabilities to get educational degrees which would not have been possible otherwise.