Penn State graduate programs rank highly in new U.S. News survey

April 03, 2008

University Park, Pa. — Twenty-one Penn State graduate school programs rank among the top 10 in the nation, with others also recognized among the best in the country in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," announced March 28. The publication is dated April 7 and is already available on newsstands.

"It's gratifying to see so many of our graduate programs continue to be recognized for their outstanding work," said Eva Pell, senior vice president for research and dean of The Graduate School. "While rankings may not be the only measure of success, it is encouraging to see Penn State's graduate education receive such well-earned recognition."

Released annually, the U.S. News graduate school rankings are based on expert assessments and statistical measures for more than 1,200 graduate programs in a variety of disciplines.

The College of Education has six programs ranked in the top 10. Penn State is second in higher education administration and vocational/technical education, while rehabilitation counseling ranks third and education administration fourth. Education policy (No. 8) and counselor education (No. 10) are also recognized in their respective top 10 programs.

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences scored five programs in the top 10. The geochemistry program is ranked No. 2 and geology ranks No. 3. The petroleum engineering program ranked No. 5, geosciences ranked No. 7 and materials science and engineering No. 10

The College of Engineering has two programs rated in the top 10, with industrial and nuclear engineering both ranked No. 5.

The Eberly College of Sciences, recognized for chemistry, ranked No. 16, with analytical chemistry rated No. 8. Penn State rated No. 9 in cosmology/relativity/gravity.

Psychology programs rank highly for the College of the Liberal Arts. Industrial and organizational psychology were ranked fourth; and clinical psychology (No. 9) ranked in the top 10 of specialty categories. Sociology of population came in at No. 5 and criminology No. 7. In the College of Health and Human Development, human development and family studies was rated the No. 6 developmental psychology program by the magazine.

Within the Smeal College of Business, supply chain/logistics program ranked fifth nationally.

Dickinson School of Law is also cited in the survey as being among those with the most diverse law school student populations. In 2007, Dickinson School of Law was cited by National Jurist for achieving the greatest minority enrollment growth among all law schools.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009