University of Florida graduate schools rank high among nation’s top programs

March 14, 2017
Margot Winick

University of Florida graduate schools rank among the nation’s top programs in a survey released today by U.S. News and World Report.

Among the areas that the U.S. News’ 2018 “Best Graduate Schools” guide evaluates are graduate schools for law, education, business, engineering, medicine and nursing, and specialties within these areas. In each discipline, all or nearly all UF graduate schools were ranked.

Bright spots for UF included big moves in Law, the part-time MBA program, civil engineering and computer engineering programs, and the elementary teacher education program. UF highlights of the rankings are:

UF Levin College of Law climbed seven spots, placing 41st overall. This rise is the largest year to year increase in over 20 years, and is the second largest improvement of any law school ranked in the top 50.

Additionally, the Graduate Tax Program held its spot as the No. 1 program among public law schools, and No. 3 overall.

“Our new ranking is more than a number,” said Dean Laura A. Rosenbury. “It’s a reflection of the talent of our student body, the intellect of our faculty, the dedication of our staff and the commitment of our alumni.”

UF College of Education moved up one spot into a tie for 29th overall among private and public universities. The College of Education moved up one spot to No. 19 among public graduate education colleges, and remains No. 1 in the state of Florida and southeast U.S.

Two academic education programs remained in the top 10 in their specialty areas: Special Education at No. 5 and Counselor Education program tied for No. 8. The Elementary Education program rose five spots to a tie at No. 14. The UF College of Education remains the top-ranked education school in Florida, and the No. 1 ranked public college of education in the Southeastern United States. Recently, in January, U.S. News named the UF College of Education America’s Best Online Graduate Program in Education.

“The College of Education’s ability to thrive and be recognized with higher rankings during this period stems from the high quality of our students and our energetic faculty, and the generosity and dedication of our alumni, donors and the entire College of Education community,” said Dean of UF College of Education Glenn E. Good.

UF MBA at the Hough Graduate School of Business at the Warrington College of Business was honored as a top-20 public full-time and part-time program. UF MBA is the only program in the state of Florida to rank in the top 50 for full-time or part-time rankings.

The part-time MBA program moved up eight spots to the No. 20 overall program, making it the No. 14 public program in the country.

“Once again, the UF MBA program provides strong ROI for our students and alumni while serving as a thought leader in the state of Florida,” said UF MBA Assistant Dean and Director John Gresley.

UF College of Medicine held firm its No. 40 ranking among 140 medical schools in the country, and is ranked No. 16 among medical schools at public universities. UF remained the highest-ranking medical school in Florida.

“Our commitment to world-class research and education has been validated yet again by medical school leaders throughout the nation,” said Michael L. Good, M.D., dean of the UF College of Medicine.

The UF College of Nursing’s doctor of nursing practice program also maintained its standing as one of the highest-ranked programs, ranking No. 44 in the country, and tied with Florida Atlantic University for tops in the state of Florida.

“These college and program rankings are the results of a sustained dedication to excellence in both research and medical education,” said David. S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health. “We are proud of this ongoing distinction. The company we keep among the best research medical schools in the nation could not have been accomplished without ambitions researchers and dedicated faculty in all of our health-related colleges. Ultimately, that benefits the many patients of UF Health.”

UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering moved up to tie at No. 42 nationally. Civil engineering program moved up nine spots to tie at No. 25, and the computer engineering program moved up seven to tie at No. 29.

To learn more about the criteria used to calculate rankings, visit U.S. News Best Graduate Schools website, https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools.

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