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University of Iowa News Release


March 15, 2011

NOTE: This is an updated release, which explains that the UI College of Law was ranked two different ways this year, #7 and #10 using different methodologies, twice making the top 10 in the nation among public universities. The #10 ranking was derived using the standard methodology, and the #7 ranking came from asking hiring partners to rank the schools based on a 5-point scale. Thus, 23 UI programs are among the top 10 in the nation among public universities, not 24 as originally reported.

This release presents the U.S.News rankings in two ways: comparing public and private universities together (as the magazine presents the rankings in "America's Best Graduate Schools 2012") and comparing the University of Iowa only to other public universities (derived by pulling out private universities and recalculating). This is intended to give readers a better idea of how the UI is ranked compared to other publicly funded peer institutions across the country.

U.S.News ranks 23 UI programs among top 10 in nation among public universities

U.S.News & World Report ranks 23 University of Iowa graduate programs and colleges among the 10 best in the country when compared to other public universities, with five UI programs continuing to rank in first place.

"America's Best Graduate Schools 2012" ranks as No. 1 as compared to public universities the speech-language pathology and audiology graduate programs, the physician assistant program and the nursing specialties of Nursing Service Administration and Gerontological/Geriatric. The speech-language pathology and audiology rankings carried over from 2008; the other programs were re-ranked in 2011.

UI President Sally Mason said she is pleased to see a number of UI’s graduate program offerings continue to rank highly, especially among peer institutions.

“Our graduate programs continue to attract, educate and produce outstanding teachers, scholars, researchers, artists and professionals in diverse fields,” Mason said. “UI graduates contribute to the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of our state, nation and world. The rankings are a reflection of both the caliber of our students as well as the high quality and deep commitment of the talented faculty, staff and administrators who help create excellence in graduate education.”

Other UI graduate programs ranked highly when compared to other public universities -- a mix of new and carry-over rankings that won't all appear in the print guidebook -- are: Printmaking (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences-CLAS), 2 (carry-over); Rehabilitation Counseling (College of Education), 2 (new); Sociology Specialties-Social Psychology (CLAS), 2 (carry-over); Physical Therapy (Carver College of Medicine), 3 (carry-over); Master of Fine Arts Program in Art and Design (CLAS), 6 (carry-over); Nursing-Anesthesia (College of Nursing), 6 (new); Nursing Specialty-Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric (College of Nursing), 6 (new); Healthcare Management (College of Public Health), 7 (new); Nursing (College of Nursing), 7 (new); Fine Arts Specialty-Painting/Drawing (CLAS), 7 (carry-over); Clinical Psychology (CLAS), 8 (carry-over); College of Medicine-Primary Care (Carver College of Medicine), 9 (new); Medicine Specialty-Internal Medicine (Carver College of Medicine), 9 (new); Public Health (College of Public Health), 9 (new); College of Law, 10 (new); College of Medicine-Research (Carver College of Medicine), 10 (new); Education Specialty-Higher Education Administration (College of Education), 10 (new); Engineering Specialty-Environmental/Environmental Health (College of Engineering), 10 (new).

Another new ranking this year for the College of Law is “When Lawyers do the Grading,” 7 (new); where U.S.News asked hiring partners to rank the schools based on a 5-point scale, with 5 being outstanding, 4 strong, 3 good, 2 adequate and 1 marginal. Unlike the main U.S.News rankings of law schools, which take into account many factors, including selectivity, faculty resources, and success in placing graduates in jobs, the rankings by recruiting professionals are strictly reputational in nature based upon their assessment of each school's academic quality.

"The rankings demonstrate that the UI continues its commitment to excellence in our graduate programs despite challenging economic times,” said P. Barry Butler, UI interim executive vice president and provost. “We consistently have a number of graduate programs that are recognized among the best in the nation. We are proud of our programs and the outstanding students, faculty and staff who are affiliated with them."

John Keller, graduate college dean and associate provost for graduate education, agreed.

“I’m pleased that so many of our graduate programs have been, once again, recognized as amongst the tops in their respective fields,” Keller said. “It is a tribute to the faculty, staff and students of these programs who all labor intensively to be successful in their work. It is also rewarding to see that these results reflect the introspective adjustments being made in our programs as a result of our internal assessments that we have conducted in the past few years.”

The UI offers 114 graduate degree programs, 76 of which lead to a doctorate.

Highlights of the rankings will be published in the Best Graduate Schools 2012 edition newsstand guidebook, on sale April 5. All of the information in the printed guide, plus deeper rankings that are available only online, may be found at A subscription is required to access all of the data.

Each year, U.S.News ranks professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine. These rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students. The data come from surveys of administrators at more than 1,200 programs and some 13,000 academics and professionals, conducted during the fall of 2010 and early 2011.

In addition to the five professional disciplines ranked annually, U.S.News periodically ranks programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities, the health arena, and many other areas based solely on the ratings of academic experts.

U.S.News first published a reputation-only graduate school ranking in 1987. The annual America's Best Graduate Schools report began in 1990.

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Following are all ranked UI graduate schools, specialties and programs, beginning with the highest-ranked programs. Rankings at the front end of each entry are as compared to other public universities as calculated by the UI Office of University Relations. The overall ranking comparing UI colleges and programs to all public and private universities is listed subsequently in parentheses.

Rankings with an asterisk (*) are new for the 2012 issue of "America's Best Graduate Schools." All other rankings are from previous years but still stand.

Some of the rankings are from an expanded list available online at with a paid subscription.

1 Speech-Language Pathology, master's (At the UI, this program is in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, formerly named the Department of Speech Pathology, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences-CLAS) (1)
*1 Physician Assistant, master's (Carver College of Medicine) (2)
*1 Nursing Specialty-Nursing Service Administration (College of Nursing) (2)
*1 Nursing Specialty-Gerontological/Geriatric (College of Nursing) (2)
1 Audiology, master's/doctorate (CLAS) (2)
2 Printmaking (CLAS) (2)
*2 Rehabilitation Counseling, master's/doctorate (College of Education) (2)
2 Sociology Specialties-Social Psychology (CLAS) (3)
3 Physical Therapy, master's/doctorate (Carver College of Medicine Division of Associated Medical Sciences) (5)
6 Master of Fine Arts program in art and design (CLAS) (21)
*6 Nursing-Anesthesia, master's (College of Nursing) (11)
*6 Nursing Specialty-Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric (College of Nursing) (12)
*7 College of Law/"When Lawyers do the Grading" (25)
*7 Healthcare Management, master's (previously cited in rankings as Health Services Management. At the UI, this degree is the master's of health administration and the program is located in the College of Public Health Department of Health Management and Policy) (14)
*7 Nursing, master's (College of Nursing) (11)
7 Fine Arts Specialty-Painting/Drawing, master's (CLAS) (19)
8 Clinical Psychology, doctorate (CLAS) (9)
*9 College of Medicine-Primary Care (Carver College of Medicine) (10)
*9 Medicine Specialty-Internal Medicine (Carver College of Medicine) (22)
*9 Public Health (College of Public Health) (16)
*10 College of Law (27)
*10 College of Medicine-Research (Carver College of Medicine) (26)
*10 Education Specialty-Higher Education Administration (College of Education) (15)
*10 Engineering Specialty-Environmental/Environmental Health (16)
*11 Business Specialty-Accounting (Tippie College of Business) (25)
*11 Education Specialty-Student Counseling and Personnel Services (College of Education) (11)
15 English, doctorate (CLAS) (29)
15 Economics, doctorate (Tippie College of Business) (34)
*15 Medicine Specialty-Rural Medicine (Carver College of Medicine) (15)
15 Psychology, doctorate (CLAS) (29)
15 Pharmacy, Pharm.D. (College of Pharmacy) (16)
*16 Medicine Specialty-Family Medicine (Carver College of Medicine) (19)
17 Political Science, doctorate (CLAS) (33)
*17 Business School (Tippie College of Business Full-time MBA Program) (40)
*17 Part-Time MBA Program (Tippie College of Business MBA-PM Program) (32)
18 History, doctorate (CLAS) (36)
*19 College of Education (29)
22 Statistics, doctorate (CLAS) (33)
22 Sociology, doctorate (CLAS) (36)
23 Library and Information Studies, master's (Graduate College) (27)
25 Biostatistics, doctorate (College of Public Health) (40)
*25 Engineering Specialty-Civil (College of Engineering) (39)
*26 Engineering Specialty-Biomedical/Bioengineering (College of Engineering) (47)
28 Biological Sciences, doctorate (CLAS) (56)
*28 Engineering Specialty-Industrial/Manufacturing (College of Engineering) (35)
*30 Engineering Specialty-Mechanical (College of Engineering) (51)
*32 Engineering Specialty-Computer Engineering (College of Engineering) (54)
32 Mathematics, doctorate (CLAS) (56)
*33 Engineering Schools (59)
*34 Engineering Specialty-Electrical/Electronic/Communications (College of Engineering) (59)
35 Physics, doctorate (CLAS) (57)
37 Computer Science, doctorate (CLAS) (63)
38 Social Work, master's (CLAS) (60)
*41 Engineering Specialty-Chemical (College of Engineering) (58)
42 Chemistry, doctorate (CLAS) (67)
46 Earth Sciences, doctorate (CLAS) (69)

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