McClelland Hall at the UA's Eller College of Management (Photo: FJ Gaylor)
McClelland Hall at the UA's Eller College of Management (Photo: FJ Gaylor)

Business Programs, Library Science Climb in Rankings

The 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings highlight a diverse array of UA graduate programs.
March 14, 2017

The University of Arizona saw a number of its graduate programs recognized for their excellence in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings, released Tuesday.

"The UA is proud of the quality and reputation for excellence of its graduate programs," said UA President Ann Weaver Hart. "I recognize the intense competition among graduate programs across the United States, and to have several of our programs, across disciplines, recognized as among the best in the nation affirms that we offer a world-class education and excellent preparation of the next generation of academics, researchers, inventors and leaders."

Each year, U.S. News ranks schools and programs in business, education, engineering, law, nursing and medicine. The rankings in these six areas are based on expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students.

Beyond the six disciplines ranked annually, U.S. News also periodically ranks programs in the sciences, social sciences, library sciences, humanities, health and many other areas based solely on the ratings of academic experts.

The UA Eller College of Management's rankings rose significantly. The management information systems program went from No. 5 to No. 4, trailing only the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Texas.

Eller's entrepreneurship program came in tied for No. 15 overall and No. 5 among public universities. Its full-time MBA program cracked the top 50 this year, placing 49th overall — a jump of 11 places from last year's rankings — and 24th among public universities, while the part-time MBA program tied for 46th. In another top-50 appearance, the economics program tied with four other schools at No. 42 overall.

The graduate program in library and information science in the School of Information also jumped 11 places, tying at No. 22 in Library and Information Studies. The ranking was the first update for this category since 2013.

The sociology graduate program ranked No. 24. The College of Nursing's doctorate of nursing practice ranked No. 26 and its master's program tied for No. 41. The grad program in psychology tied for No. 45.

The James E. Rogers College of Law ranked No. 48 on the Best Law Schools list, while also ranking 27th in environmental law and 42nd among the nation's most diverse law schools.

The College of Engineering moved up one spot from last year, ranking at No. 54 on the Best Engineering Schools list. The College of Education placed 57th among Best Education Schools.

Graduate programs in history (63) and English (77) also were ranked.

"I'm pleased to see the recognition of the overall quality of our graduate programs in a variety of fields of study," said Andrew Carnie, dean of the Graduate College. "It speaks to the strength of our faculty and the effectiveness of our cross-disciplinary approach."

A number of other UA graduate programs appeared on the U.S. News list, but their rankings were not subject to review in 2017.

Last updated in 2016

  • Rehabilitation counseling: 6 (tie)
  • Speech-language pathology: 7 (tie)
  • Audiology: 9 (tie)
  • Higher education: 14
  • Pharmacy: 16
  • Public affairs: 34 (tie)
  • Fine arts: 55

Last updated in 2014

  • Geology: 3 (tie)
  • Earth sciences: 7
  • Biological sciences: 38 (tie)
  • Physics: 39 (tie)
  • Computer science: 40 (tie)
  • Chemistry: 41 (tie)
  • Mathematics: 41 (tie)

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