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UT’s graduate programs in nuclear engineering, supply chain management, and clinical law training are in the top ten among all public universities in the nation, according to the 2016 U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings released today.

The nuclear engineering graduate program is ranked fourth among all public universities and fifth among all programs in the nation. The supply chain management graduate program is fifth among all public universities and eighth among all universities in the nation. The College of Law’s clinical training specialty is now eighth among all public universities and sixteenth among all of the nation’s law schools.

UT’s graduate programs in education, the full-time MBA program, and the overall law program are this year’s rising stars—with each taking a significant step up in the U.S. News lists.

“Offering high-quality graduate programs is vital to our success as a public research university,” said Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “This year’s significant improvement in so many programs is a testament to our hard work and commitment to becoming a better university.”

The College of Law rose eleven spots to twenty-seventh among all public universities from the 2015 list, published last year.

“The UT College of Law is one of the strongest law schools in the country, and our bold increase in this year’s U.S. News rankings is just another reflection of that strength,” said Doug Blaze, dean of UT Law. “Just look at the evidence: Our incoming students are talented and promising future attorneys, our graduates are starting their careers successfully in a difficult job market, and our reputation for offering both a sound foundation of legal knowledge and opportunities for practical legal training is on the rise.”

The Haslam College of Business MBA program is now thirty-second among all public universities, climbing five slots over last year.

“Our number-one priority is to educate students in an environment that uses quality research and instruction to transform the world of business for the better and inspire innovation,” said Steve Mangum, dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair of the Haslam College of Business. “We are honored to be included among U.S. News’ best business schools, and are pleased at the continuing recognition of our supply chain management program as among the best in the country.”

The Graduate School of Education, in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, is now forty-first among all public universities, up from forty-eighth among all public universities last year.

“Over the past year we have enrolled students with stronger academic qualifications, increased our research awards, and continued to strengthen the reputation of our programs as seen through the eyes of employers of our graduates,” said Bob Rider, dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

In addition to its top-ranked graduate nuclear engineering program, the College of Engineering’s overall graduate program ranked thirty-sixth among all public universities. Biosystems engineering – which operates in collaboration with the Institute of Agriculture – moved up to nineteenth among all public and private universities. Aerospace engineering moved up nine spots to thirtieth among all public universities.

Several other UT graduate programs rate among the best in the country. U.S. News ranks some programs annually and others on varying year-to-year cycles. The School of Art’s printmaking program is third among all public and private schools in the nation and UT’s Master of Fine Arts program is twenty-second among all public universities. The information science graduate program in the College of Communication and Information is fourteenth among all public universities and seventeenth nationally. The College of Social Work’s overall graduate program is twenty-third among all public universities.

U.S. News compared more than 1,900 public and private graduate programs for the 2016 rankings. They are based on opinions from experts about program excellence and statistics that measure the quality of students, faculty, and research.

For the full 2016 graduate rankings, visit the U.S. News and World Report website at U.S. News and World Report also features the material in its annual America’s Best Graduate Schools guidebook.


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