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LSU's online graduate engineering programs are ranked 16th in the nation, according to ratings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

Last year the school was rated 11th and tied with New York University.

The review, called 2018 Best Online Programs Rankings, covered schools that offer bachelor's degrees online as well as a wide range of graduate programs, including engineering, master of business administration and others.

"The best online programs rankings offer adults the information needed to identify programs that best suit their life and career goals," Anita Narayan, managing editor of education for U.S. News, said in a statement that accompanied the list.

"The top programs not only demonstrate strong academics but also create learning environments that are particularly well-suited to remote students," Narayan said.

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A total of 1,490 online programs were reviewed.

LSU's online engineering programs were tied for 16th with California State-Fullerton and Texas Tech University.

The ratings are based on student engagement, 25 percent; faculty credentials, 25 percent; peer reputation, 25 percent; student services and technology, 12.5 percent and admissions selectivity, 12.5 percent.

LSU offers a 36 credit hours master of science in construction management and a post-baccalaureate certificate in construction management, which requires 18 credit hours.

The construction program was cited.

"Part of our strategic plan as a college is to reinvent the way we do things to better serve the needs of the people of Louisiana," Judy Wornat, dean of the College of Engineering, said in a statement.

"To that end, our online program is one way we are able to reach students who want to pursue a top-tier education at the LSU College of Engineering, regardless of geography," Wornat said. 

"I'm proud to see it receive the national recognition it deserves," she added.

Columbia University in New York City is rated by U.S. News as the top online graduate engineering program in the U. S.

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LSU is ranked 51st for its Flores Online MBA Program.

It tied with Boise State University and Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Last year U.S. News puts LSU in a eight-way tie for 47th.

"After launching LSU Online only a few years ago, we understand the demand for online programs and are proud to offer these great educational opportunities in a flexible environment," Matthew Lee, LSU vice provost for academic programs and support services, said in the same statement.

Others in the state listed include the University of Louisiana at Monroe, 100, and Louisiana Tech University, 131.

The top-rated online MBA program is Temple University in Philadelphia.

Other top-ranked online programs include computer information technology, University of Southern California; education, Clemson University; nursing, St. Xavier University; business non-MBA, Villanova; and criminal justice, Sam Houston State University.

The school with the top-rated online bachelor's programs is Ohio State University, according to U.S. News.

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