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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been named in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Online Education Programs rankings, announced Feb. 7.

As UT works to ramp up its online learning opportunities, the university is being recognized for online quality in four categories: Best Online Business Programs for Veterans, Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (non-MBA), Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs, and Best Online Bachelor’s Degrees.

“It’s exciting to see this recognition for our online programs,” said Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor John Zomchick. “The rankings reflect our commitment to provide outstanding learning opportunities and support to students in ways that fit their work and family commitments.”

Top Rankings for Business and Engineering

In the Best Online Business Programs for Veterans, UT’s non-MBA master’s programs in business rank 7th. U.S. News measures affordability, accessibility and the reputation of online programs when ranking in that category. The same programs — offered through UT’s Haslam College of Business — rank 18th in the Best Online Master’s in Business (non-MBA) category.

“All of our programs and services, from providing customized academic instruction and support to building community within the Veterans Success Center, have grown from listening to our veterans and meeting them where they are,” said Amber Williams, vice provost for student success. “This intentional support, the right resources and a partnership with campus programs have all helped ensure veteran success both in and out of the classroom.”

The online master’s programs in UT’s Tickle College of Engineering rank 42nd in the Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs category. The category includes the university’s programs in civil engineering, computer science, engineering management, environmental engineering, industrial engineering, and reliability and maintainability engineering. In addition, the university’s online bachelor’s programs ranked 71st.

Access to a Degree

Nearly a million Tennesseans have some college credit but no degree. UT has built an online infrastructure that allows the state’s flagship land-grant institution to reach learners where they are, removing barriers and creating new opportunities.

Digital Learning at UT is a transformative campus unit focused on advancing the university’s commitment to discovery, learning and engagement, specifically for fully online students. The university is expanding its capacity to deliver accessible quality online learning opportunities for all Tennesseans while supporting the state’s workforce needs.

Through the Vols Online website, potential students can discover degree programs offered online with the same community, student support and faculty as the campus experience, all with the convenience of distance learning.


The online program rankings are based on surveys sent to 222 schools. U.S. News assessed the schools’ rankings based on multiple objective factors such as student engagement, faculty credentials, and services and technologies. The Best Online Programs for Veterans category includes only schools that finished in the top half of the best online program rankings, are certified for the G.I. Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program, and have met a threshold of student veterans enrolled in the program.


Perrin Anderson, Digital Learning, (865-441-0866,

Cindi King, UT Office of Communications and Marketing (865-974-0937,