University of Arizona graduate programs in management information systems, rehabilitation counseling, speech-language pathology and earth sciences retained their top-10 status in the 2017 Best Graduate Schools rankings from U.S. News & World Report. The UA's audiology and photography programs moved into the top 10.
Included this year were first-ever rankings for Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. Among 149 DNP programs nationally, the UA College of Nursing was ranked No. 28. The college’s master’s programs were ranked No. 30 among 259 master’s programs nationally, up from No. 38.
The nursing rankings reflect the two largest programs at the UA College of Nursing, both offered online, as well as its on-campus master’s degree program:
- In the online DNP program, more than 300 students are pursuing advanced-practice specialties in nurse anesthesia, family, pediatric, adult-gerontology acute care and psychiatric mental health.
- Nearly 400 working registered nurses are seeking advancement as clinical systems leaders in the online Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Systems Leadership program.
- The Master of Science for Entry to the Profession of Nursing (MEPN) program, offered on-campus in both Tucson and Phoenix, is an accelerated, 15-month program for students who hold a university degree in another field and want to become registered nurses.
In January, the College of Nursing was ranked No. 23 among the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News.
In the rankings of research-intensive medical schools, the UA College of Medicine – Tucson improved to No. 63 from No. 67, consistent with the University's emphasis on research expansion — and significant when considering the overall decline in federal research funding nationally.
The annual Best Graduate Schools rankings are based on two forms of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students in six areas of study (business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing).
Periodically, U.S. News also ranks programs in the sciences, humanities, health and other areas. These rankings are based on ratings by academic experts only.
Here are the U.S. News rankings for the UA:
- Management information systems (5)
- Rehabilitation counseling (6)
- Speech-language pathology (7)
- Earth sciences (7)
- Audiology (9)
- Photography (9)
- Pharmacy (16)
- Sociology (20)
- Public health (25)
- Nursing/DNP (28)
- Nursing/master's (30)
- Clinical psychology (31)
- Library and information studies (33)
- Public affairs (34)
- Economics (36)
- Biological sciences (38)
- Physics (39)
- Law (40)
- Computer science (40)
- Psychology (40)
- Chemistry (41)
- Mathematics (41)
- History (46)
- Political science (48)
- English (52)
- Education (55)
- Engineering (55)
- Art (55)
- Business (60)
- Medical research (63)
- Primary-care medicine (74)