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College graduate programs rank among top 50

Thursday, March 14, 2019

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas has 11 graduate programs ranked in the top 10 and 48 programs in the top 50 among public universities in the latest rankings from U.S. News and World Report, released on March 12. The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is home to five of KU's graduate programs ranked in the top 10 and 19 of the top 50 programs.

Last year, the university had nine top 10 and 46 top 50 programs among public schools. See the full release here.

“We look to rankings as one way to track our progress, and these U.S. News rankings highlight the many different ways we contribute to the state and region,” said Chancellor Douglas A. Girod. “As a leading research university, our graduate programs are an important part of who we are. We remain focused on our broader mission and goals to help elevate these efforts across our university.”

The local government management program retained its top spot among all universities. The city management program, housed in the College’s School of Public Affairs & Administration, has been in that spot since 1998.

Programs that saw the highest increases among public schools include KU’s part-time MBA, law, aerospace engineering and public affairs programs. The part-time MBA program went up eight spots among public schools while the law, aerospace engineering and public affairs programs each increased their public ranking by four.

Graduate programs in the College ranked in the top 50 among public universities include:

1. Local Government Management
5. Speech-Language-Pathology
5. Public Management and Leadership
8. Public Affairs
9. Urban Planning and Policy
12. Clinical Child Psychology
20. Audiology
20. History
21. Public Finance & Budgeting
21. Clinical Psychology
30. Psychology
37. Fine Arts
38. Earth Sciences (Geology)
38. Political Science
39. Mathematics
40. English
40. Biology
44. Economics
44. Chemistry

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Heart of KU, is the university’s broadest, most diverse academic unit, made up of more than 50 departments, programs and centers.