University Ranking Site Puts NMT as No. 11 for Online Master’s in Management

January 23, 2018 praises NMT for high quality of online instruction


SOCORRO, N.M. – A new national ranking shows that New Mexico Tech has one of the best online programs in the nation for master’s in engineering management.

The website recently released its ranking of top engineering management programs, slotting New Mexico Tech as the No. 11 in the nation.

The website praises NMT for offering a “structured master's in engineering management program for students who are able to log in and participate in synchronous classroom sessions. The coursework is delivered from the main campus, giving distance learners an exact time to attend virtual classes with their on-campus peers.”

The list is full of prestigious national universities, led by No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Purdue, and No. 3 Washington State. Other top 10 universities include Kansas State, Texas-Austin, Johns Hopkins, and Duke. 

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File photo of students workingThis ranking is the second time in recent months that a national system has recognized New Mexico Tech’s Department of Engineering Management. The College Choice website ranked NMT as No. 9 for value and No. 11 for quality.

“NMT has always been and will always be synonymous with quality,” said Dr. Peter Anselmo, developer of the degree program and Director of the Office of Innovation and Commercialization. “These two recent #11 national rankings are two of many such evaluations of the quality educational opportunities available to NMT students.”

Anselmo said, “The fact that two different ratings done by two different companies which each measured different factors is an indication of the validity of the rankings. This tells me that our emphasis on synchronous course delivery and also on maintaining quality content is the right way to go.” 

Dr. Frank Reinow, chair of the Business and Technology Management Department, said the master’s in engineering management maintains its high standards by continually adapting to the needs of incoming students and their existing preparation.

“The program has evolved over the years and we’ve been able to customize our courses to meet the needs of our students,” Reinow said.

Many of NMT’s engineering management graduate students are working professionals, including staff members from the national laboratories and senior engineers at private companies. Anselmo and Reinow said the curriculum is ever-evolving to reflect the changes in the work place. 

The Master’s of Engineering Management, or MEM, program at NMT is somewhat unique in that it requires a rigorous independent study project. Most students come to the master’s program with a project from their employers. Students are often mid-career engineers from public institutions like the national laboratories or the NSA or private companies like Intel. The degree requires 30 credit hours, including the independent study project. At NMT, the MEM project culminates with a written report that is submitted to faculty advisors and to the Graduate Studies Office for formal approval.

Anselmo said, “We have modified our course content to reflect what is going on in the world, especially in the technology business world. Also, the thesis projects that are workplace applications seem to result in the best student outcomes – and all student outcomes are good to excellent for those who complete the program.”

The Department also added a Certificate Program in Technology Leadership for the Spring 2018 semester. That offering requires 15 credit hours in the classroom. Reinow said that is becoming popular with engineers who are interested in adding to their skill set without taking on a full master’s work load.

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