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U.S. News & World Report highlights KU graduate programs in 2018 rankings

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas has 10 graduate programs ranked in the top 10 and 42 in the top 50 among public universities in the 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” rankings released today.

“Rankings are one way to determine how we are performing relative to our peers, and these U.S. News rankings highlight our successes in graduate programs across our university,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “We celebrate these successes and remain focused on our university’s mission to build healthy communities, educate leaders and make discoveries that change the world.”

KU’s special education program retained its top ranking among public schools, while the university’s city management and urban policy program continues to be ranked No. 1 among all universities. The city management program has maintained its top ranking since 1998.

The university’s doctoral program in history jumped seven spots among public universities in this year’s ranking, to 20th place.

KU’s environmental/environmental health engineering and electrical engineering programs jumped 11 and seven spots, respectively, to join the top-50 ranks among public schools this year, and KU’s secondary teacher education program was newly ranked in the 16th spot among public schools.

Graduate programs at KU ranked in the top 50 among public universities include:

1. City Management and Urban Policy
1. Special Education
3. Public Management Administration
4. Occupational Therapy
5. Speech-Language Pathology
8. School of Education
8. Environmental Policy and Management
8. Petroleum Engineering
9. Physical Therapy
10. Public Affairs
12. Clinical Child Psychology
12. Curriculum and Instruction
12. Social Work
13. Public Finance & Budgeting
14. Nursing — Midwifery
14. Nursing — Anesthesia
16. Secondary Teacher Education
20. Audiology
20. History
20. Pharmacy
21. Clinical Psychology
25. Health Care Management
27. Aerospace Engineering
28. Medicine — Primary Care
30. Psychology
34. Medicine — Research
36. School of Law
37. Earth Sciences — Geology
37. Fine Arts
38. Biological Sciences
38. Political Science
40. English
40. Nursing Practice (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
41. Civil Engineering
41. Mathematics
44. Chemical Engineering
44. Chemistry
44. Economics
44. Electrical Engineering
44. Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
45. Nursing (Master’s)
47. Part-time MBA


10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
#1 public program in nation for special education
—U.S. News & World Report
Assists public schools and other partners in all 105 Kansas counties
$938,377 in scholarship funds awarded to 420+ students
Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
Research from KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, assists educators, children, and families across the United States
The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
Researchers on a $3.5 million grant are collecting data on an innovative reading program designed to teach reading to students with the most significant disabilities in seven Kansas school districts
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
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