ASU among best in U.S. News & World Report’s graduate schools rankings

Arizona State University ranks among the best schools in the nation for graduate programs, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2014 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” which lists a number of programs in the top tier.

Among the areas that ASU placed in the rankings are:

• Among online graduate business degree programs, ASU ranked No. 2 overall. The W. P. Carey School of Business is ranked No. 6 in the nation in supply chain/logistics, No. 22 for its part-time MBA program and No. 30 among the nation’s top business schools. The school also was No. 36 for its doctoral program in economics.

• ASU was No. 2 for its city management and urban policy graduate program, and public affairs master's programs at ASU are ranked No. 16 overall.

• ASU’s doctoral program in criminology is No. 12 overall.

• Education programs overall are at No. 24 in the country for graduate programs.

• In the health disciplines, ASU’s audiology doctoral program ranked No. 17 and the speech-language pathology master’s program ranked No. 21.

• The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law was No. 5 in legal writing. Overall, the school is No. 29 among top schools for graduate programs.

• Among specialties, ASU is ranked No. 17 for the earth sciences doctoral program.

• ASU placed No. 21 for its master's programs in nursing.

• ASU ranked No. 22 overall for its Master of Fine Arts program in art, No. 5 for printmaking, seventh for ceramics and 11th for photography graduate programs.

• Engineering at ASU came in at No. 44 overall among graduate programs in the nation.

• The psychology doctoral program at ASU ranked No. 38 overall.

For the sixth year in a row, the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU ranks in the top 30 among the best graduate business schools in the nation. The school’s online MBA program at No. 2 among online graduate business programs is known for its flexibility, convenience and stellar faculty. The new list ranks the school No. 30 for its full-time MBA program, the best ranking for any Arizona school for its full-time MBA program.

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University continues its climb in the rankings of the nation’s highest-rated graduate programs in education at No. 14 among public graduate schools of education and 24th among all public and private graduate programs in the field. Last year ASU’s graduate education programs ranked 16th and 26th, respectively.

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University continues its success among the nation’s leading law schools at No. 29. The College of Law’s Legal Method and Writing Program ranks No. 5 among all law schools and reflects the school’s effort and resources devoted to the program with eight full-time faculty with more than 70 years of combined teaching experience and myriad courses that are offered.

The publication’s ranking of ASU’s earth sciences program in the College of LIberal Arts and Sciences as 17th among public and private graduate programs, makes it among the top 10 universities in the western United States. More than 100 earth sciences graduate programs were surveyed. This year, two out of four specialty earth science programs were ranked in the top 20 in the nation. These include geochemistry (ranked 16th) and geology (ranked 17th).