University of Colorado Denver graduate programs among top 2012 U.S. News and World Report rankings

The Graduate School is setting the pace in elevating education

March 16, 2011

The University of Colorado Denver is home to some of the top graduate programs in the nation according to the U.S. News & World Report. The national magazine released its 2012 graduate school rankings on March 15.

The Graduate School at the University of Colorado Denver continues to empower potential by improving society, the workforce, and the economy. The School consists of nearly 60 programs – both PhD and Masters – housed in the schools and colleges on the Anschutz Medical Campus and the Denver campus. These offerings include both department-based and interdisciplinary programs in architecture and planning, arts and media, biomedical sciences, business, education and human development, engineering and applied sciences, humanities, mathematics, nursing, public affairs, public health, sciences, and social sciences.

A number of graduate programs at the University made the top 50 list in their area of emphasis, demonstrating the University’s ability to channel creativity, research success and innovate tomorrow.

• Physician Assistant: No. 11
• College of Nursing, Master’s program: No. 15
Pediatric nurse practitioner: No. 5
• School of Medicine:
Research: No. 38
Primary Care: No. 4
Medical specialties:
Family Medicine: No. 4
Pediatrics: No. 5
Biological Sciences: No. 68

• Public Affairs: No. 32
• Part-time MBA Program: No. 93
• School of Education: No. 104

Schools and programs at the four CU campuses notch 37 mentions in the 2012 edition of Best Graduate Schools (U.S. News Media Group), including nine ranked in the top 10 of their fields.

The 2012 Best Graduate Schools includes essential, detailed statistical information on more than 1,200 programs nationwide. In addition to featuring new rankings in five of the largest professional graduate school disciplines (business, law, education, engineering, and medicine), the 2012 rankings also include updated peer-assessment-only rankings for health-care management, nursing, nursing-anesthesia, nursing-midwifery, physician assistant, public health, rehabilitation counseling, and veterinary medicine.

Highlights of the rankings will be published in the Best Graduate Schools 2012 edition book, available April 5, 2011.

Rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program quality, and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. These data come from surveys of more than 1,200 programs and some 12,400 academics and professionals. The publication aims to provide a tool to students and parents who are comparing college programs at accredited public and private universities in the United States.