Graduate programs hold steady
University of Virginia graduate programs slipped a notch but still
rate among the nations best in the latest U.S. News &
World Report rankings, released April 4.
spring, U.S. News rates several graduate programs, although not
every program is ranked every year. The rankings released today,
to be included in both the regular magazine issue and a guidebook
that hit newsstands April 7, include only newly rated programs.
A more comprehensive set of rankings may appear on the U.S. News
years rankings come against a backdrop of nationwide economic
distress that led to budget cuts at several public universities,
including those in Virginia.
A closer look at U.Va.s rankings:
of Law remains in the top 10 nationwide, ranked ninth. It
tied for seventh in last years rankings.
The Darden Graduate
School of Business Administration was rated 11th in the country,
down one spot from last year. Its top-10 management program also
dropped one spot, from sixth to seventh.
of Medicines research ranking held steady at No. 27,
while its primary care ranking improved one spot to 26th. The
magazine also rated several individual health disciplines, listing
the U.Va. School of Nursing as having the sixth-best program in
clinical nurse specialist: adult/medical surgical,
a new category this year; the No. 5 program in psychiatric/mental
health nursing, up from No. 8 last year; the ninth-best pediatric
nursing program, holding steady from a year ago; and the 26th-ranked
nursing masters program, down from No. 21 in 2002.
The Curry School
of Educations overall ranking dropped from 19th to a
tie for 21st. Both its No. 5 special education and No. 8 secondary
education programs earned top-10 status, although each fell one
spot in the rankings from a year ago.
Finally, the School of
Engineering and Applied Science fell from No. 35 to a tie