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ASU graduate programs among best in nation

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March 13, 2012

The new rankings are out and Arizona State University's graduate programs once again rank among the best schools in the nation, according to the U.S. News and World Report "2013 Best Graduate Schools" rankings released March 13.

ASU is listed among the nation's best schools for law, education, business, public affairs and fine arts.

Ranked 26th among public and private law schools, ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law moved upward from the No. 40 spot due to an increasing caliber of students, quality of education, reputation among academic peers, recognition among judges and lawyers across the country, and employment track record.

The College of Law is now the eighth-highest ranked public law school.

The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College also moved up significantly, ranking 16th among public graduate schools of education and 26th among all public and private graduate programs in the field. Last year ASU’s graduate education programs ranked 25th and 35th respectively.

The increase comes less than two years after the Teachers College expanded to serve all ASU campuses and offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in communities across Arizona.

Ranked 30th for its full-time MBA program, the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU offers competitive programs in supply chain management, now ranked fifth, and information systems, ranked 13th. The school's part-time evening MBA program is ranked 21st nationwide.

The W. P. Carey School is one of the top five business graduate schools in the West, and is the only Arizona business school to make the top 50.

The School of Public Affairs, in the College of Public Programs, ranked 16th overall. The school’s city management and urban policy program ranks second; its environmental policy and management ranks 10th; its nonprofit management program ranks 15th; its public finance and budgeting program ranks 16th; and its public management administration program ranks 19th.

The ASU School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts placed 22nd in this year's U.S. News rankings, with specialties in printmaking, ranked fifth; ceramics, ranked seventh; and photography, ranked 11th.  

Other notable placements among graduate programs include ASU’s criminology program, ranking 12th nationwide, and earth sciences, which ranks 17th.

U.S. News and World Report named ASU among the “2012 Up-and-Comers” last fall among national universities in their 2012 “Best Colleges” guidebook.

Last year ASU was ranked 78th in the top 100 universities in the world by the Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Ton University – considered one of the most prominent world university rankings. The ranking emphasizes university outcomes over student acceptance rates.