Feb. 13, 2024

NDSU’s online masters programs receive national recognition


BestColleges recently ranked NDSU as the country’s No. 3 best online master’s programs in dietetics and software engineering for 2024. 

NDSU’s department of health, nutrition and exercise sciences offers the online master’s program in dietetics to students through its collaboration with Great Plains - Interactive Distance Education Alliance. Great Plains IDEA is an alliance of 20 universities around the U.S. that collaborate to offer online degree and certificate programs in human sciences and agriculture. 

“The collaboration with other GPIDEA universities enables us to leverage resources across the alliance and offer NDSU students more degree options and opportunities,” said Stacy Duffield, director of NDSU’s Office of Teaching and Learning. 

The Master’s in software engineering degree program was first offered at NDSU in 2009. 

"The Department of Computer Science always has focused our degree programs on the needs of industry.  The online Master of Software Engineering is a stellar example of this practice. Every course is updated every year to emphasize the changing needs and expectations of local, regional, national and international industry,” said Kenneth Magel, NDSU professor of software engineering who spearheaded the MSE program. 

“It's fantastic to receive such a high ranking and acknowledgment that our degree program is effectively tailored to meet the needs of software engineers and developers employed full-time in the industry,” said Simone Ludwig, professor and chair of computer science.  

This year, BestColleges revised the approach to school rankings, focusing on the most important factors that students consider in their college decision-making process. The new methodology incorporates key metrics such as affordability, student outcomes, flexibility/accessibility and ease of admissions. 

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