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University of Tennessee graduate programs in law, business, education and nursing are once again ranked among the top programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

The 2008 rankings, released today by the national magazine, rate public and private institutions in the same lists based on peer assessment and various statistical data.

For the second year, UT College of Business Administration’s supply chain and logistics graduate program is ranked 10th in the nation, along with Stanford University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

The College of Law jumped this year to 53rd place nationally, up from 60th place last year. Its clinical training specialty is ranked 17th in the nation.

The College of Education’s overall graduate program is ranked 41st place – one slot higher than Cornell University and the University of Florida, and two slots higher than Purdue University and the University of Massachusetts.

The College of Engineering’s overall graduate program is ranked 66th, tied with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the Colorado School of Mines and Illinois Institute of Technology. The college’s graduate program in nuclear engineering was ranked 12th, tied with Oregon State, and higher than Rensselear Polytechnic Institute. The graduate program in materials engineering placed 52nd, tied with Dartmouth University, University of Pittsburgh and Washington State University.

The College of Arts and Sciences’ graduate program in earth science was ranked 70th, tied with Michigan State and Florida State and tied with Notre Dame.

The College of Nursing’s overall graduate program is ranked 72nd in the nation, tying with schools such as Rutgers University, Brigham Young University and Baylor University.

The magazine recently ranked these academic disciplines for the upcoming issue. Other UT graduate programs have been ranked in previous years and most will be included in the 2008 report. The School of Art’s masters of fine art program is 45th in the nation, and its masters in printmaking is ranked third. The audiology and speech pathology department’s graduate program in audiology is ranked 30th, and its speech pathology graduate program 32nd.

“The graduate rankings are a testament to the excellence and commitment of our talented faculty and solid programs,” said Chancellor Loren Crabtree. “Along with raising our national profile, our efforts to build upon our academic strengths benefit our students and the entire state of Tennessee.”

UT Knoxville has nearly 6,000 graduate students enrolled in academic programs. UT has strengthened its overall graduate programs in recent years by improving its compensation and insurance benefits to graduate teaching assistants and by reinstituting the administrative position of dean of the graduate school.

U.S. News has also ranked UT one of the best universities for undergraduate education. The publication ranked UT 39th among the nation’s 50 top-tier public universities, tying with SEC peers Auburn and Alabama, as well as the University of Kansas, the University of California-Riverside and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The news magazine’s graduate program rankings will be available soon on newsstands and on the U.S. News and World Report Web site at

Contact: Tom Milligan (865-974-9438)