Strong showing for grad programs in US News rankings

3/23/2011 - By: Jane Tors

The University achieved a strong showing in the annual rankings of the best graduate programs issued this week by U.S. News and World Report. The College of Engineering and School of Medicine remain ranked among the nation’s best “schools.” Sixteen additional University graduate programs are ranked, with five placing in the top 100 of their field. This is up from 12 programs ranked last year, and follows the University’s ranking as a first tier school in the U.S. News and World Report annual “best colleges” issue last fall.

“These rankings reflect the quality of faculty and the caliber of their teaching and research, and our peers across the country are taking notice,” said Marc Johnson, University provost.

Among best engineering schools, the College of Engineering ranks at number 138. Among best medical schools/best primary care, the University of Nevada School of Medicine ranks at number 92.

In addition to these two showings in the “best schools” categories, the University was ranked in several program and specialty lists, including the following top-100 rankings:

  • Number 43 for clinical psychology
  • Number 62 for environmental engineering
  • Number 63 for earth sciences
  • Number 65 for civil engineering
  • Number 72 for speech pathology

Other U.S. News and World Report program categories in which the University ranked are art, biology, chemistry, psychology, English, history, mechanical engineering, nursing, part-time MBA, physics, social work and speech pathology.

“These graduate programs and our research portfolio serve many of our state’s major industries,” Johnson said. “They are also important to the continued emergence of future-oriented industries, such as renewable energy and health care, which can provide the foundation for a stronger, more sustainable economy.”

“It is exciting to see the College of Engineering remain in the top 100 among public universities, and to see several of its graduate programs remain into the top 125 programs,”said Marsha Read, vice president for research and dean of the graduate school. “Not only are the graduate programs in engineering bolstered by the strong research activities of the faculty, but they produce a significant number of skilled, future employees making an important contribution to the economic development and workforce needs of Nevada.”

Read noted the strong showing across science-oriented programs, which help create a path to medical school as well as other science, technology, health and environmentally oriented careers. Rankings in the arts and humanities are important as well, as is the University's classification by the Carnegie Foundation as a "balanced arts & sciences/high graduate coexistence" institution.

The U.S. News and World Report best graduate program rankings, including information about the ranking methodologies.


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