UArizona earns top marks in MIS, legal writing, nursing in latest US News ranking

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Several University of Arizona graduate programs across a variety of disciplines have once again been recognized as among the best in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools rankings.

The publication's annual ranking, released April 9, again ranked the Eller College of Management's program in management information systems No. 1 among public universities and No. 3 overall, behind the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University.

The James E. Rogers College of Law earned its best mark in the legal writing specialty, tied for No. 8 overall and tied for No. 5 among public universities.

"I am thrilled to see so many different fields of study rightfully recognized among the nation's very best graduate programs," said University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins. "Those who choose to pursue their graduate studies at the University of Arizona do so with the knowledge that they will have a world-class learning experience with faculty who produce cutting-edge scholarship and creative expression, preparing them for incredible careers in the academy and beyond."

The College of Nursing saw big gains on this year's Best Nursing Schools list, jumping 12 spots to tie for No. 19 overall in doctoral programs (tied for No. 10 among publics) and jumping 11 spots to No. 30 in master's programs (No. 19 among publics).

The College of Education had a strong showing in higher education administration (No. 16 overall, No. 11 among public universities) and the college tied for No. 58 overall.

Eller's business analytics MBA program tied for No. 36 and the accounting program tied for No. 40 overall, while the full-time MBA program tied for No. 50 overall and the part-time MBA program tied for No. 60 overall.

In addition to its stellar ranking in legal writing, the College of Law tied for No. 55 overall on the Best Law Schools list. The following specialties also were ranked:

  • Environmental law (tied for No. 30)
  • Health care law (tied for No. 34)
  • International law (tied for No. 38)
  • Business/corporate law (tied for No. 42)
  • Criminal law (tied for No. 43)
  • Contracts/commercial law (tied for No. 48)
  • Constitutional law (tied for No. 52)
  • Clinical training (tied for No. 53)
  • Tax law (tied for No. 54)
  • Dispute resolution (tied for No. 57)
  • Intellectual property (tied for No. 82)
  • Trial advocacy (tied for No. 90)

Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks graduate schools and programs in several academic disciplines. The rankings in these 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 categories 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. UArizona received the following overall marks in those survey-based rankings:

  • Speech language pathology: No. 9
  • Audiology: No. 16
  • Pharmacy: No. 26
  • Nursing anesthesia: No. 29
  • Public health: No. 38
  • Public affairs: No. 39
  • Computer science: No. 61

Previous rankings

Several other UArizona graduate programs appear on the U.S. News list, but their rankings were not subject to review this year.

In previous updates, UArizona earned its best overall placement in photography (tied for No. 3 overall, No. 2 among public universities).

In other previous updates, programs in the UArizona Department of Geosciences, housed in the College of Science, ranked among the nation's best. UArizona's doctoral program in Earth sciences ranks at No. 4 overall and No. 2 among public universities. The following Earth sciences subspecialties also earned top marks: geology (tied for No. 5 overall, No. 3 among public universities), geochemistry (tied for No. 6 overall, tied for No. 4 among public universities) and geophysics/seismology (No. 15 overall, No. 8 among public universities).

Other College of Science graduate programs ranked last year were in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (tied for No. 51, with a No. 13 overall ranking in the analytical chemistry subspecialty), the Department of Physics (tied for No. 35 overall), the psychology program in the Department of Psychology (tied for No. 35 overall), the Department of Computer Science (tied for No. 50 overall) and the Department of Mathematics (tied for No. 43 overall).

The university's rehabilitation counseling program in the College of Education was also ranked a top-10 program last year, tying for No. 10 overall and tying for No. 9 among public institutions.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' graduate program in Latin American history tied for No. 10 overall and tied for No. 5 among public universities. UArizona earned top-30 rankings for the School of Sociology (No. 26 overall, No. 13 among public universities) and the library and information science program (No. 27 overall). The School of Government and Public Policy's subspecialty in public management/leadership earned recognition at No. 37 overall.

Also last year, the UArizona College of Veterinary Medicine earned recognition in U.S. News & World Report's first ranking of veterinary medicine doctoral programs, placing No. 30 overall.

Also in previous updates, the doctoral program in political science was ranked No. 50. UArizona's doctoral program in biological sciences tied for No. 50 overall and tied for No. 12 in the ecology subspecialty (tied for No. 5 among public universities). The statistics and data science graduate interdisciplinary program tied for No. 54 overall. The Department of History's graduate program tied for No. 54 overall, and the Department of English's graduate program tied for No. 69 overall.

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Note: U.S. News & World Report on Monday announced it would delay the publication of the Best Medical Schools, Best Engineering Schools and Best Clinical Psychology Program rankings. This story will be updated when those rankings are released. Information about where the University of Arizona ranks among public universities is not available for all programs.