Monday, April 27, 2009

Georgia State colleges move up on U.S. News & World Report 2010 rankings of graduate schools

Georgia State University’s College of Law advanced 12 spots in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual “America’s Best Graduate School” rankings for 2010, released Thursday. The College of Law moved into the 65th position overall in the nation– up from its 77th position last year.

The law school rankings are among a number of Georgia State colleges and programs that garnered rankings in this year’s report, which includes more than 1,500 graduate school programs nationwide and will be available on newsstands Monday, April 28.

"Georgia State University's graduate and professional school programs continue to make great strides in both reputation and excellence,” said Mark Becker, president of Georgia State University. “Our flexible part-time law and business programs were again recognized as among the best in the nation. While rankings are just one small measure of Georgia State's overall success, we are proud of our outstanding programs and the high level education they provide."

In addition to moving up 12 spots overall, the College of Law also made other strides. The college’s highly regarded Health Law program, which ranked 10th last year, moved up four spots in the current rankings and tied for No. 6 with Georgetown University and Seton Hall University.

This year’s edition of the annual rankings evaluated law school part-time programs for the first time, as well as modified the law school rankings methodology to include class admissions data for both full and part-time entering students. The part-time program of the College of Law has been ranked No. 15 in the country.

Georgia State College of Education’s graduate programs were ranked 54th out of more than 250 doctoral degree granting education programs, along with institutions like Drexel University, University of California – Riverside and University of Florida. The College of Education continues to rise in the rankings. It was ranked 58 in 2009 and 77 in 2008.

For the 14th consecutive year, the J. Mack Robinson College of Business Part-time MBA ranked in the Top 10. The part-time MBA program, which was ranked No. 7, is the only Atlanta area business school and the only school in the South to have a top-ten part-time program.In addition, Robinson’s Information Systems program ranked 10th overall.

Georgia State’s nursing program was ranked 72nd and the Andrew Young School was ranked 27th among 269 graduate programs in public affairs. Georgia State ranked high in six subfields of public affairs, up from four categories in 2005 and two in the 2002 rankings. Those subfields include: public finance and budgeting 5th; city management and urban policy 12th; information and technology management 12th; nonprofit management 13th; public policy analysis 18th; and public management administration 33rd.

The expanded online rankings are currently available at www.usnews.com.

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