KU maintains in-state dominance in latest U.S. News rankings

Tue, 03/12/2013

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LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas continues to offer more ranked graduate programs than all other Kansas public universities combined, according to the 2014 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools.”

In the latest rankings, KU has 10 programs ranked in the top 10 among public universities and 32 ranked among the top 40.

“These rankings reflect the talent and stature of our students and scholars, as well as the fact that the best college education in Kansas continues to be at the University of Kansas. And while that comparison is important, where we’re focusing our efforts is on the changes that will elevate our stature and quality relative to KU’s national peers,” Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said.

“Changes included in our Bold Aspirations strategic plan, such as recruiting Foundation Professors and improving the level of support for graduate students, will be borne out in higher rankings down the road. But more importantly, they’ll enable us to educate leaders and make discoveries that benefit our state and society,” she said.

KU graduate programs ranked in the top 40 nationally among public universities are:

1.    City Management & Urban Policy (Master)
1.    Special Education (Master/Doctorate)
2.    Occupational Therapy (Master/Doctorate)
3.    Public Management Administration (Master)
4.    Paleontology (Doctorate)
4.    Public Affairs (Master)
5.    Clinical Child Psychology (Doctorate)
6.    Speech-Language-Pathology (Master)
7.    Audiology (Doctorate)
9.    Physical Therapy (Master/Doctorate)
12.  Public Finance & Budgeting (Master)
12.  School of Education (Master/Doctorate)
12.  Nursing-Midwifery (Master)
15.  Educational Psychology (Master/Doctorate)
15.  Printmaking (Master)
15.  Social Work (Master)
17.  Clinical Psychology (Doctorate)
20.  Pharmacy (PharmD)
21.  Nursing-Anesthesia (Master)
22.  Healthcare Management (Master)
23.  Psychology (Doctorate)
24.  Nursing (Master)
25.  Medicine - Primary Care
27.  History (Doctorate)
31.  Political Science (Doctorate)
33.  Aerospace Engineering (Master)
36.  English (Doctorate)
37.  Earth Sciences – Geology (Doctorate)
38.  Fine Arts (Master)
39.  Biological Sciences (Doctorate)
40.  Chemical Engineering (Doctorate)
40.  Mathematics (Doctorate)

Additionally, in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings of online programs, KU’s nursing master’s degree program ranks 16th among public university programs.



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