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

Wednesday, March 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 (those in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are in bold):

1.      City Management & Urban Policy (Master)
1.      Special Education (Master/Doctorate)
2.      Occupational Therapy (Master/Doctorate)
3.      Public Management Administration (Master)
4.      Public Affairs (Master)
5.      Clinical Child Psychology (Doctorate)
6.      Speech-Language-Pathology (Master)
7.      Audiology (Doctorate)
9.      Physical Therapy (Master/Doctorate)
10.    School of Education (Master/Doctorate)
12.    Medicine - Family Medicine
12.    Nursing-Midwifery (Master)
12.    Public Finance & Budgeting (Master)
15.    Printmaking (Master)
15.    Social Work (Master)
17.    Clinical Psychology (Doctorate)
17.    Medicine - Primary Care
20.    Pharmacy (PharmD)
21.    Nursing-Anesthesia (Master)
22.    Healthcare Management (Master)
23.    Psychology (Doctorate)
24.    Nursing (Master)
27.    Aerospace Engineering (Doctorate)
27.    History (Doctorate)
31.    Political Science (Doctorate)
32.    Medicine – Research
36.    Electrical Engineering (Doctorate)
36.    English (Doctorate)
37.    Chemical Engineering (Doctorate)
37.    Earth Sciences – Geology (Doctorate)
37.    Law (JD)
38.    Biological Sciences (Doctorate)
38.    Computer Engineering (Doctorate)
38.    Fine Arts (Master)
41.    Mathematics (Doctorate)
42.    Civil Engineering (Doctorate)
42.    Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering (Doctorate)
43.    Sociology (Doctorate)
44.    Chemistry (Doctorate)
44.    Mechanical Engineering (Doctorate)
45.    Economics (Doctorate)
47.    School of Business (Master)
49.    Part-time MBA

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.