U.S. News & World Report routinely ranks University of California campuses among the best, and now the quality of their online programs is also being recognized.

Two UC programs placed first in two categories of U.S. News’ 2015 Best Online Programs rankings — UC Irvine’s graduate criminal justice degree and UCLA’s graduate engineering degree.

“This ranking is welcome recognition of our success combining the academic rigor required of all UCLA Engineering students with the advantages of all-online delivery,” said Vijay K. Dhir, the school’s dean. “I’d like to thank our MSOL faculty, students and staff for their hard work and commitment to excellence.”

The U.S. News rankings cover more than 1,200 online bachelor's degrees and online master's degrees in engineering, business, education, nursing and computer information technology. The methodologies incorporated in the rankings include student engagement, faculty credentials, and student services and technology.

"There are now hundreds of online programs out there for students to choose from, but students have few resources to turn to for unbiased information on distance learning," said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. "Much like we've done with Best Colleges, we're collecting and analyzing data to help students answer their questions and identify programs that support their education and career goals."