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Eight University of Tennessee programs and departments are listed in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings of top graduate programs.

Four of those programs made the top 25 in their fields, and several improved their rankings from last year.

Each year the magazine surveys hundreds of public and private colleges and universities to rate the quality of their undergraduate and graduate programs.

The UT College of Business Administration‘s supply chain and logistics graduate program is ranked 10th in the U.S., up three spots from 2004, and the college itself is at 88th place.

The nuclear engineering graduate program in the UT College of Engineering is ranked 10th in the nation.

The UT Law College‘s specialty in clinical training is ranked 17th in the country, up from 23rd place last year.

The pharmacy school at the UT Health Science Center is ranked 17th in the U.S.

UT-Knoxville Chancellor Loren Crabtree said the rankings are a result of the university’s commitment to excellence.

“There are many excellent programs at the University of Tennessee,” Crabtree said. “By continuing to build on the already high level of excellence in these programs, we benefit them and the entire institution and its reputation nationally.”

The UT College of Education, Health and Human Science‘s overall graduate program is ranked 33rd in the nation, up from 40th place last year. In 2004, the university’s graduate program in audiology was ranked 30th and its speech pathology program was ranked 32nd in the nation.

Engineering is ranked 68th overall for their graduate program, 48th in civil engineering, 50th in materials engineering, 73rd in electrical engineering and 77th in mechanical engineering.

UT’s business administration college is ranked 88th overall, the English department is ranked 72nd, the history department is ranked 87th, and psychology is ranked 151st for their graduate programs.

As of spring 2005, 9,874 graduate students were enrolled in UT programs around the state.

UT also has been ranked among the best universities nationally and internationally by two different groups a world apart from each other.

The Lombardi Program at the University of Florida recently listed the top U.S. universities that do research, and UT ranked 44th overall in the nation among public universities.

UT had more than $185 million in total research funding as of 2002 and $102 million in annual giving as of 2003.

The Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China, ranked UT at 101st place in their list of the top 500 universities around the world. The Chinese university used four criteria: student achievement, quality of faculty, research output and the size of the institution.

The news magazine’s annual rankings will be available on newsstands soon, but are posted to the U.S. News and World Report Web site at

U.S. News does not produce fresh rankings of every academic discipline every year, but prints the most recent rankings for those areas not covered yearly.