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U.S. News & World Report Ranks CU Denver's Grad Programs

March 23, 2020

Congrats! The University of Colorado Denver’s graduate programs earned over a dozen rankings in the newly released 2021 Best Graduate Programs compiled by U.S. News & World Report. Many program rankings ascended from the previous year, including specialties in the School of Public Affairs and the School of Education & Human Development.

Each year, U.S. News ranks graduate programs in business, education, engineering, law, nursing, and medicine to develop their Best Graduate Schools Rankings list. Rankings are based on expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research, and students. Some rankings include ties with other institutions. The 2021 edition includes multiple graduate school programs across different schools at CU Denver.

School of Public Affairs

The School of Public Affairs maintained its prestigious position of number 25 in the nation for public affairs graduate programs overall. 

A total of five graduate specialty programs in the school earned a top 25 ranking or better from the U.S. News report. Many also saw an increase in ranking from the previous year:

  • Nonprofit Management ranked 13, climbing eight spots from the previous year
  • Public Management and Leadership ranked 22, up one spot from the previous year
  • Public Finance and Budget ranked 11, rising six ranks from the previous year
  • Environmental Policy and Management ranked 10, up one from 2020
  • Public Policy Analysis ranked 25 

Business School

The Business School’s Part-Time Professional MBA Program tied for 77 among other top universities in the nation, including DePaul University, Northeastern University, James Madison University, and others.

College of Engineering, Design, and Computing

The College of Engineering, Design, and Computing’s Bioengineering Graduate Program ranked number 69 in the nation.

School of Education & Human Development

The School of Education and Human Development ranked 128 overall.

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ Clinical Psychology Program ranked 64.

The Data

The data for the rankings in all six disciplines comes from statistical surveys of more than 2,081 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 24,603 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2019 and early 2020.