The A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland rose to No. 12 among online graduate engineering programs in the U.S., according to rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. This is the highest that the Clark School has been ranked in this category since first participating in 2014. In addition, the Clark School continued to rank in the top 20 (No. 17 in 2022 and No. 16 in 2021) among online engineering graduate programs for veterans.

The No. 12 ranking demonstrates a continuous ascent of the leaderboard over the years, with the Clark School ranked at No. 15 in 2021, No. 18 in 2020, and No. 20 in 2019. 

Offered through Maryland Applied Graduate Engineering (MAGE), the online programs deliver master of engineering and graduate certificate in engineering degrees of the same high quality as their on-campus counterparts: Bioengineering, Cybersecurity, Electronic Packaging, Fire Protection Engineering, Project Management, Reliability Engineering, and Energy Systems Engineering. In 2021, MAGE added online programs in Software Engineering and Systems Engineering to keep up with industry demand, bringing the total number of online programs offered to nine. 

Since 2019, the Clark School’s online programs have ranked in the top 20 amongst some of its finest peers in online engineering graduate education, showing a strong commitment to excellence in online learning. Proximity to our nation’s capital and a thriving technology corridor in the Washington, D.C. metro area opens doors to career connections not available to other online programs. 

MAGE's graduate online programs in cutting-edge engineering fields are designed to be flexible and address the needs of busy adult learners, whose schedules or locations do not allow on-campus study, while also as equally enriching and valuable as in-person programs. 

“For more than 18 years, we have met the needs of working engineers and technical professionals by offering online engineering graduate programs that consider the specific needs of adult learners with career and family commitments,” says Dr. George Syrmos, Assistant Dean for Continuing Education. “This includes faculty trained in delivering online education, technology and accessibility support, and small class sizes.” 

“We continue to add new and niche programs, such as our newest online offerings in Software Engineering and Systems Engineering, to address the demands of the global marketplace,” says Syrmos. “The challenges that we face as a society, from climate change to biotechnology to computing power, are solved in large part by the work of engineers. MAGE is equipping engineers with the tools to address these challenges now and in the future.”

U.S. News rankings for online graduate engineering programs are based on factors including student engagement, faculty credentials, expert opinion of the program, student services and available technologies, and overall student excellence. To view the complete rankings, visit

To learn more about Maryland Engineering’s Professional Master of Engineering and Graduate Certificate in Engineering programs, specifically designed for working engineers and technical professionals, visit

About the A. James Clark School of Engineering

The University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering is a premier program, ranked among the top 20 in the world. Located just a few miles from Washington, D.C., the Clark School is at the center of a constellation of high-tech companies and federal laboratories, offering students and faculty access to unique professional opportunities.

Our broad spectrum of academic programs, including the world’s only accredited undergraduate fire protection engineering program, is complemented by a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, early hands-on educational experiences, and participation in national and international competitions.

The Clark School is leading research advancements in aerospace, bioengineering, robotics, nanotechnology, disaster resilience, energy and sustainability, and cybersecurity. From the universal product code to satellite radio, SMS text messaging to the implantable insulin pump, our students, faculty, and alumni are engineering life-changing innovations for millions. Learn more at

January 25, 2022

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“The challenges that we face as a society, from climate change to biotechnology to computing power, are solved in large part by the work of engineers. MAGE is equipping engineers with the tools to address these challenges now and in the future.”

Dr. George Syrmos, Assistant Dean for Continuing Education

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