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The graduate nuclear engineering program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, now ranks fifth among all public universities and sixth in the nation, according to the 2014 U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings released today.

The College of Engineering’s overall graduate program rose to 37th among all public universities, continuing the steady annual climb of the last few years. U.S. News rated its undergraduate program 36th among all public universities.

The nuclear engineering department has grown graduate enrollment by more than 45 percent in just four years, due in large part to nuclear power’s reemergence as a global energy option.

The College of Law also continues to climb—it ranked 32nd among America’s public universities and moved up eight spots to 61st among all public and private law programs. The college’s specialty in clinical training is now seventh among public universities and 17th among all universities.

UT’s supply chain management and logistics graduate program also now ranks seventh among all public universities and eleventh across the nation, according to the new report. In addition to engineering and law, UT’s graduate programs in business, education, and information sciences are among the top forty public university programs.

“These graduate programs are models of excellence in teaching and research, and we are pleased to see them recognized among the nation’s best,” Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek said. “This report reaffirms our commitment to improving graduate education as we continue our quest to become a Top 25 public research university.”

The national ratings surveyed more than 1,250 public and private university graduate programs.

“We are delighted to see our public ranking as a college and for our nuclear engineering programs to continue to rise,” said engineering dean Wayne Davis. “While the rankings are just one indicator, it is a strong indication of the continued increase in the quality of our academic programs.”

College of Law Dean Doug Blaze said its focus on students continues to yield results.

“Our focus has always been on our students—providing them with the best education, the best value and the best experience,” said Blaze. “During challenging times in legal education, it’s good to see the U.S. News rankings acknowledge the hard work we are doing to continue providing for our students.”

The College of Communication and Information’s Information Science graduate program is 14th among all public universities and 17th across the nation. The College of Education, Health and Human Science’s education graduate program is 38th among all public universities. The College of Arts and Sciences’ English graduate program is 46th among public institutions.

Several other UT graduate programs rate among the nation’s best. U.S. News ranks several on varying cycles and they include:

  • The School of Art’s printmaking program was ranked third nationally last year and its overall Master of Fine Arts program ranked 45th in the national 22nd among public universities.
  • The College of Nursing’s overall graduate program ranked 51st among public universities in 2011. Its graduate program in nursing-anesthesia ranked 26th nationally and 14th among public universities.

For the full 2014 graduate rankings, visit the U.S. News and World Report website.

U.S. News and World Report also will feature the material in its annual “America’s Best Graduate Schools” guidebook.

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Charles Primm (865-974-5180,