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Several UT colleges and programs earned recognition from U.S. News and World Report in its 2019 graduate school rankings, which were released March 20.

Three of UT’s academic colleges are now ranked in the top 30 among public institutions:

  • The Haslam College of Business surged seven spots and is now ranked 22nd.
  • The Tickle College of Engineering climbed four spots and is now 29th.
  • The College of Social Work is now ranked 25th.

Several other colleges are in the top 50 among public institutions: the College of Law is 34th, the College of Nursing is 40th, and the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences is 48th.

“Today’s news affirms what our students have known for a long time: they are getting a world-class education here in Knoxville,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport. “Our strong graduate programs are a cornerstone of our mission here at UT and provide students in all areas of study with opportunities to participate in remarkable research and learn from some of the country’s best faculty.”

Three disciplines from across UT made the cut as being among the top 20 programs in their field, public or private:

  • The Tickle College of Engineering’s nuclear engineering department is 7th among public institutions and 8th overall.
  • Supply chain management, in the Haslam College of Business, is 7th among public institutions and 10th overall.
  • The College of Law’s clinical training program is 9th among public institutions, up five spots, and 20th overall, up seven spots.

“Our students thrive in the supportive environment we foster, and they grow substantially during their time in the program,” said Bruce Behn, associate dean for graduate and executive education in the Haslam College of Business and Deloitte Professor in Accounting. “This leap is a testament to the quality of education delivered at the college. We’re excited to have the MBA program joining our other ranked graduate and executive programs that enjoy top 25 placements.”

Tickle College of Engineering Dean Wayne Davis also was happy with the results.

“We’re very pleased with our continued improvement in the U.S. News rankings and in the growth and success that it reflects in our college,” he said.

College of Law Dean Melanie D. Wilson said, “The UT Legal Clinic enjoys a 71-year tradition of serving the community with excellence, and we are pleased that the rankings recognize our leadership in this area.”

Biosystems engineering—a collaboration between UT and the UT Institute of Agriculture—is 22nd among public institutions, while aerospace engineering is 27th.

While U.S. News ranks some programs annually, others are ranked only every few years.

One of those, the Earth Sciences program in the College of Arts and Sciences, improved 23 spots over the most recent ranking from 2014 and is now 38th among public universities.

The School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information is 17th in the nation, based on last year’s ranking.

Based on 2016 rankings, the School of Art’s graduate Printmaking program is second in the nation overall and its Master of Fine Arts is 15th among all public universities. Both programs are based in the College of Arts and Sciences.

U.S. News sent statistical surveys to administrators at more than 2,012 graduate programs and compared them with reputational surveys of more than 20,500 academics and professionals.

For 2019, the company tweaked the way it measures some of its data, notably how it credits schools for test scores, grade point average, and reputation.

For the full 2019 graduate rankings, visit U.S. News and World Report. The rankings will also be featured in the 2019 edition of Best Graduate Schools, an annual U.S. News publication typically available in bookstores in April.


Tyra Haag (865-974-9008,