KU graduate programs post big gains in U.S. News rankings

Wed, 03/12/2014

LAWRENCE – University of Kansas graduate programs posted big gains in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools.”

Every ranked specialty in the School of Engineering rose, including aerospace engineering, which is now the top-ranked aerospace program in Kansas. The School of Medicine jumped 15 spots overall in both primary care and research, while the schools of Law and Business also posted double-digit overall gains.

The School of Education’s special education program maintained its top spot among public university programs, and the school itself also rose five places into the top 10 among public university programs. Meanwhile, the School of Public Affairs and Administration in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences holds the top overall ranking in city management and urban policy.

“Our mission as Kansas’ flagship university is to educate the leaders and professionals the state needs to grow and prosper. Raising the quality and stature of our graduate programs is key to that mission, and is also central to achieving the university’s bold aspirations,” Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said.

“Of course, rankings are just one measure, and our ultimate success will be judged by how well we serve the people of Kansas. These rankings show that we’re on the right track, especially in disciplines vital to the future of the state,” she continued.

In the latest rankings, KU has 10 programs ranked in the top 10 among public universities and 43 ranked among the top 50.

KU graduate programs ranked in the top 50 nationally among public universities:

1.      City Management & Urban Policy2
1.      Special Education3
2.      Occupational Therapy4
3.      Public Management Administration2
4.      Public Affairs2
5.      Clinical Child Psychology5
6.      Speech-Language-Pathology6
7.      Audiology7
9.      Physical Therapy8
10.    School of Education9
12.    Medicine - Family Medicine10
12.    Nursing-Midwifery11
12.    Public Finance & Budgeting12
15.    Printmaking13
15.    Social Work14
17.    Clinical Psychology15
17.    Medicine - Primary Care16
20.    Pharmacy17
21.    Nursing-Anesthesia18
22.    Healthcare Management19
23.    Psychology15
24.    Nursing20
27.    Aerospace Engineering21
27.    History22
31.    Political Science23
32.    Medicine – Research24
36.    Electrical Engineering25
36.    English26
37.    Chemical Engineering27
37.    Earth Sciences – Geology28
37.    School of Law29
38.    Biological Sciences (see: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology30 and Molecular Biosciences31)
38.    Computer Engineering25
38.    Fine Arts32
41.    Mathematics33
42.    Civil Engineering34
42.    Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering34
43.    Sociology35
44.    Chemistry36
44.    Mechanical Engineering37
45.    Economics38
47.    School of Business39
49.    Part-time MBA40

Additionally, in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of online programs, KU’s nursing master’s degree program ranks 17th among public university programs.



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