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April 23, 2009
Contact: Jill Jess, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

KU graduate programs move up in U.S. News national rankings

LAWRENCE — Three University of Kansas graduate programs advanced significantly and another held its No. 1 spot among public institutions in national rankings by U.S. News and World Report, according to preliminary information released today.

Overall, KU has 40 nationally ranked academic programs, 28 of which are ranked in the top 30 among public schools.

Psychology tied for 21st among public universities, up from 46th in previous rankings. The Department of Psychology is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

“We are very gratified by our graduate program’s improvement in these national rankings,” said Gregory B. Simpson, chair of the Department of Psychology. “The rise reflects the hard work of a productive faculty and the recent hiring of some outstanding young scholars. It also reflects, and should further improve, our ability to attract excellent students to our program.”

The School of Education tied for 10th, up from 13th a year ago, continuing an impressive climb in recent years. The school was ranked 15th among public universities in 2006, 20th in 2005 and 25th in 2004. The school’s special education program maintained its long-standing No. 1 ranking among public schools.

“Even in these difficult financial times, we have been able to continue producing at a very high level, and that performance is recognized by these 2009 rankings,” said Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education.

The School of Law climbed to 32nd among public schools, up from 37th in prior rankings.

“Here in Green Hall, we know, without reference to any ranking, that the KU School of Law offers a high-quality program of legal education provided by an outstanding faculty at a very reasonable cost to our students,” said Gail Agrawal, dean of the School of Law.

U.S. News released only selected rankings today with additional rankings to become available in the days to come. Only selected academic disciplines are ranked annually.
KU programs ranked in the top 30 among publics nationally are:

1. City Management and Urban Policy (Master)
1. Special Education (Master/Doctorate)
2. Community Health (Master/Doctorate)
2. Occupational Therapy (Master/Doctorate)
3. Paleontology (Doctorate)
3. Public Management Administration (Master)
4. Public Affairs (Master)
4. Speech-Language-Pathology (Master)
7. Audiology (Doctorate)
9. Nursing-Midwifery (Master)
9. Petroleum Engineering (Master/Doctorate)
9. Public Finance & Budgeting (Master)
10. School of Education (Master/Doctorate)
11. Social Work (Master)
12. Music (Master)
12. Physical Therapy (Master/Doctorate)
13. Clinical Child Psychology (Doctorate)
18. Clinical Psychology (Doctorate)
18. Pharmacy (PharmD)
21. Psychology (Doctorate)
22. Healthcare Management (Master)
23. Drama/Theatre (Master)
24. History (Doctorate)
25. Nursing-Anesthesia (Master)
26. Fine Arts (Master)
28. Nursing (Master)
30. Biological Sciences (Doctorate)
30. Political Science (Doctorate)

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