KU programs hold top spots, rise in U.S. News and World Report rankings

KU graduate programs continue to excel nationally with more than 40 ranked programs, according to preliminary 2011 U.S. News and World Report rankings. At least 35 programs ranked in the top 40 among public institutions.

Once again, city management and urban policy and special education rank No. 1 among public institutions. City management and urban policy also is No. 1 overall. Special education is No. 2 overall. The School of Education is ninth among publics and 17th overall.

“Our success is directly attributable to our strong, caring and productive faculty members, staff and students who do their work well and represent us admirably out in the field,” said Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education.

The doctoral program in paleontology, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences geology department, was ranked fourth among publics and seventh overall.

Also on this year’s list is the School of Law, which ranked 33rd among public institutions.

U.S. News released only selected rankings today with additional rankings to become available in the days to come. Only selected academic disciplines are ranked annually.

KU programs ranked in the top 40 among publics nationally are

1. City Management and Urban Policy (Master)

1. Special Education (Master/Doctorate)

2. Community Health (Master/Doctorate)

2. Occupational Therapy (Master/Doctorate)

3. Public Management Administration (Master)

3. Fiber Arts (Master)

4. Paleontology (Doctorate)

4. Public Affairs (Master)

4. Speech-Language-Pathology (Master)

5. Metals/Jewelry (Master)

7. Audiology (Doctorate)

9. Nursing-Midwifery (Master)

9. Petroleum Engineering (Master/Doctorate)

9. Public Finance and Budgeting (Master)

9. School of Education (Doctorate)

11. Social Work (Master)

12. Music (Master)

12. Physical Therapy (Master/Doctorate)

13. Clinical Child Psychology (Doctorate)

18. Clinical Psychology (Doctorate)

18. Pharmacy (PharmD)

22. Healthcare Management (Master)

22. Psychology (Doctorate)

23. Drama/Theatre (Master)

25. Nursing-Anesthesia (Master, with Bryan LGH Med Ctr)

26. Fine Arts (Master)

27. History (Doctorate)

28. Nursing (Master)

29. Political Science (Doctorate)

30. Biological Sciences (Doctorate)

33. Law (JD)

36. Earth Sciences (Geology-Doctorate)

37. English (Doctorate)

38. Mathematics (Doctorate)

39. Chemistry (Doctorate)

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Lynn S. Villafurerte, program coordinator, Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program and Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity
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