UGA graduate programs continue to rank among the best in the nation

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Writer: Sara Freeland, 706/542-8077, freeland@uga.edu

Athens, Ga. - University of Georgia graduate programs continue to rank among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2014 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools. The School of Law tied for 33rd, the College of Education ranked 43rd and the Terry College of Business tied for 52nd.

"Top-quality graduate and professional education are increasingly important to both the University of Georgia and the state of Georgia," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "As the flagship institution of the system, UGA has a responsibility to lead in this area, and I am pleased to see that our best programs are receiving this recognition."

"The national rankings of these programs recognize the quality of graduate education being provided by the University of Georgia," said Maureen Grasso, dean of the UGA Graduate School. "The exceptional research, teaching, and service experiences gained by our graduate students provide them with the knowledge and skills to advance the economic and social prosperity of Georgia and the nation."

The School of Law moved up a place to tie for 33rd on the list. The law school ranked among the top 13 public law schools in the nation and the top four public schools in the Southeast.

UGA's College of Education ranked 43rd overall on the best schools of education list. The school ranks 33rd among public universities, third among public universities in the Southeast.  In the specialty rankings, UGA ranked first for vocational/technical education, ranked second for counseling/personal services, tied for third for secondary education, ranked fifth for elementary education, tied for sixth in higher education administration and ranked ninth in curriculum/instruction.

"Our college continues to be a leader in education and related human service fields," said Craig H. Kennedy, dean of the College of Education. "Our departments continue to be ranked among the best in the nation. Our status reflects the high level of commitment and activity of the College of Education's faculty, students and staff."

Also, the political science department in the School of Public and International Affairs ranked 48th on the list of best school of political science.

The Terry College of Business moved up five spots to be ranked 52nd in the best graduate business schools list. The Terry College tied with Case Western Reserve University and Southern Methodist University for the ranking.

"The resources Terry has focused on career opportunities for our MBA's continue to pay dividends," said Robert T. Sumichrast, dean of the college. "This higher ranking is the result of the improved success our graduates have with starting their careers throughout the country."

In the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Ph.D. program in psychology tied for 52nd (based on the 2013 ranking).

Also reported in the 2014 rankings were the following programs:

The School of Public and International Affairs' was ranked fourth among graduate schools of public affairs, according to the 2013 U.S. News and World Report rankings. Among specialty programs, SPIA ranked second for public management administration and fifth for public finance and budgeting.

"I am very pleased that our School continues to be ranked among the top four public affairs schools in the nation," said Dean Thomas P. Lauth. "This ranking is a great tribute to the faculty of our department of public administration and policy."

The master of fine arts program, ranked in 2012, continued to be ranked 22nd in the nation. In the sciences, the Ph.D. program, ranked in 2010, in biological sciences tied 46th. And the university's doctor of veterinary medicine, ranked in 2011, tied for 9th.

The rankings, with the methodology, are available online at
http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools. Highlights of the graduate school rankings will be published in the Best Graduate Schools 2014 edition book, available April 9.

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