NU graduate programs well-represented in new U.S. News rankings

March 13, 2015

Graduate programs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Nebraska at Omaha are well-represented in U.S. News & World Report’s new rankings of the nation’s best graduate schools.

Multiple UNMC jumped higher on the list. UNMC’s primary care program climbed two slots to No. 4, while the physician assistant program now ranks No. 9 in the country. Overall, UNMC ranks 39th in public health and 60th in research.

"It is exciting to see both the primary care and physician assistant program counted among the best in the nation and to see continued growth in the national recognition of our College of Public Health and our research program,” said UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D.  “This is truly the result of clear focus and hard work."

Ali S. Khan, M.D., M.P.H., dean of the UNMC College of Public Health, said these rankings are especially exceptional when considering the public health college only became operational in 2007, making it one of UNMC’s newest colleges.

“We are excited that our young college is already listed among the country’s outstanding programs,” Khan said. “This is a sign that what we are doing here in Nebraska is being noticed on a national scale.”

Although new rankings for 2015 weren't available in all health care categories, UNMC continues to be ranked in three other programs:

  • No. 32 in pharmacy programs.
  • No. 34 in physical therapy programs.
  • No. 93 in biological sciences.

Graduate programs at UNL also were ranked well by U.S. News. The College of Education and Human Sciences’ graduate program moved up eight spots, landing at No. 40. Marjorie Kostelnik, the college’s dean, said the spike in rankings showcases the college’s success in preparing students to make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, schools and communities.

“The College of Education and Human Sciences continues to focus on providing our students with excellent teaching, relevant experiences and value,” Kostelnik said. “To climb in these rankings provides us with another form of verification that we are succeeding in meeting our students’ needs.”

The College of Law ranked No. 56 among 198 schools, rising more than 30 sports in the last three years. Rankings were based on assessments such as peer assessment, assessment by lawyers and judges, students’ grade-point averages, entrance exam scores, acceptance rates, graduate employment rates, and the rate of graduates who pass the bar.

UNL’s engineering program ranked No. 90 of 195 schools with the biological/agricultural engineering program ranking No. 9, based on a survey of department heads. The College of Business Administration’s part-time MBA program ranked No. 64 of 135. The Financial Times listed UNL’s online MBA program as No. 10 in the in its latest ranking.

Several key UNO programs also appeared in the rankings:

  • No. 136 among the best education schools.
  • No. 73 among speech pathology programs.
  • No. 33 among public affairs programs.
  • No. 97 in the part-time MBA category.
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