Campus News

UGA’s graduate programs remain strong nationally in magazine’s annual ranking

Several of the university’s graduate programs are once again ranked in the top 50 nationally according to the latest issue of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” published by U.S. News & World Report. UGA’s College of Education is ranked in a tie at 26th, the School of Law is tied at 36th and the Terry College of Business is tied at 46th.

“We are pleased again this year to see a number of UGA programs listed among the very best in their respective fields,” said President Michael F. Adams. “Our graduate programs are a critical part of the university’s mission. UGA’s graduate faculty and students are dedicated to excellence and make a significant contribution to the research enterprise of the state and nation.”

Maureen Grasso, dean of UGA’s Graduate School, agreed.

“These rankings reflect the quality of our graduate programs and are also a testament to the superb faculty and students at the University of Georgia,” she said. “We will continue to build on our strengths and welcome the challenges such rankings present.”

UGA’s education program ranks among the nation’s top 21 public universities and is one of the top four in the South.

In specialty programs, six UGA graduate education programs are again ranked in the top 10: elementary education tied for fourth; vocational/technical education ranked fourth; secondary education tied for fifth; higher education administration ranked sixth; the counseling/personnel services program tied for ninth; and the college’s curriculum/instruction program tied for ninth. Two more COE programs rank in the top 15 and one among the top 25: educational psychology ranked 13th, special education ranked 15th and ­administration/supervision ranked 24th. Among graduate health programs, the College of Education’s speech-language pathology program was ranked 45th.

The Terry College of Business maintained its top 50 position in the U.S. News ranking of graduate business programs. Ranked 46th, Terry was the fifth most selective public graduate program in terms of acceptance rate, at 31.9 percent. The average starting salary and bonus for 2006 M.B.A. graduates also improved over the previous year, rising to $76,154.

Terry’s graduate programs in management information systems and accounting also were ranked among the nation’s top specialty programs within business specialities. The MIS department was ranked 17th in its category, and the J.M. Tull School of Accounting was ranked 21st.