By Edward Cardenas

SOUTHFIELD (CBSDetroit) – U.S. News and World Report has ranked the online master’s degree programs in engineering at Lawrence Technological University among the best in the nation.

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The 2014 U.S. News and World Report survey of the best online college programs for veterans ranked the Southfield-based university 17th in the country. Additionally, the survey named the university’s online engineering programs best in the nation – with a perfect score – for faculty credentials and training, officials stated.

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“Lawrence Tech’s academic programming has always been designed to accommodate nontraditional students such as returning veterans,” said LTU’s College of Engineering Dean Nabil Grace in a release. “In recent years we have also built a strong foundation for our online programs in engineering.”

Last November LTU was top-ranked school in Michigan, and 18th in the 12-state Midwest region in the first ranking of the best colleges for veterans compiled by U.S. News and World Report, the university stated.

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Lawrence Tech is certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Programs which help veterans reduce the cost of higher education.