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UT’s graduate programs in printmaking, supply chain management and nuclear engineering have again been ranked among the Top 10 in public and private colleges and universities by U.S. News and World Report.

Among all public universities, the College of Law’s clinical training program is now ninth and its legal writing specialty is now 10th.

Printmaking faculty, from left to right, Beauvais Lyons, Althea Murphy-Price, and Koichi Yamamoto.
Printmaking faculty, from left to right, Beauvais Lyons, Althea Murphy-Price, and Koichi Yamamoto.

Several of UT’s overall graduate programs surged ahead in the 2017 list. The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in the School of Art is fifteenth among all public universities, the College of Nursing’s master’s program is now twenty-fifth among all public universities and the College of Social Work’s program climbed three spots to be ranked nineteenth among all public universities.

“We’re proud that so many of our programs are getting recognition and moving ahead in the rankings,” said Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “This represents a wide array of departments, students, and disciplines and is a true testament to the level of education offered at UT. Our expectations remain high and we will continue to raise the profile, reputation, and quality of education on our campus.”

In the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Art’s graduate printmaking program ranks second nationally, up from third in 2012, among all public and private schools. The overall fine arts graduate program climbed seven spots since it was last ranked in 2012.

Arts and Sciences Dean Theresa Lee attributes the rise to the recent addition of outstanding young faculty members who have joined an already strong faculty.

Nursing Dean Victoria Niederhauser said growth in research funding and the fact that the college recruits highly qualified students are among the factors for the master’s program jump. It last ranked 51st among all public universities in 2011.

The Haslam College of Business graduate supply chain management program ranks eighth in the nation, and its overall graduate program now ranks thirty-fourth among all public universities.

The College of Engineering’s overall graduate program is thirty-sixth among public universities. The college’s graduate specialty in nuclear engineering ranks seventh among all schools. Its graduate aerospace program is thirty-first among public programs, and its computer science program rose nine spots to thirty-fifth among all public programs. Biosystems engineering, a collaboration between the College of Engineering and the Institute of Agriculture, is now ranked twenty-fifth nationally.

In addition to the successes of its individual programs, the College of Law’s overall program is now thirty-sixth among all public universities. The college also ranks tenth among all law schools for graduating students with the least amount of debt.

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences’ graduate school education program ranks forty-sixth among public schools.

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 information science graduate program in the College of Communication and Information ranked fourteenth among all public universities and seventeenth nationally in 2015.

U.S. News gathered opinions from more than 18,000 academics and professionals about program excellence and compared them with statistics on students, faculty, and research from more than 1,900 public and private graduate programs.

For the full 2017 graduate rankings, visit the U.S. News and World Report website. U.S. News and World Report also features the material in its annual America’s Best Graduate Schools guidebook.


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