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2012.03.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Five UNO Grad Programs Ranked in Top 20 Nationally by U.S. News and World Report

Omaha - Nine graduate programs, two schools and one college at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) are cited in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools that was released today.

UNO’s ranked programs, which include two top-10 rankings in the School of Public Administration (SPA), were determined by peer assessment surveys sent out nationally by U.S. News and World Report between 2008 and 2011.

Overall, UNO’s SPA was ranked 33rd among 266 similar graduate-level public administration institutions. The ranking places it in the top 15 percent of schools nationally.

According to its academic peers, UNO ranked sixth nationally in Information Technology Management and Public Finance and Budgeting.

UNO also ranked 11th nationally in Nonprofit Management, 14th nationally in City Management an Urban Policy and 21st in Public Administration Management. UNO’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Grace Abbott School of Social Work, which are part of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) along with SPA, were also nationally ranked. Criminal Justice was ranked in 2009 as 17th out of 36 doctoral programs while Social Work was ranked this year as 103rd out of 206 programs.

"These rankings reflect our national reputation,” CPACS Acting Dean John Bartle said. “Nebraskans know CPACS for our work with government agencies and nonprofit organizations, but our peers at other universities know us because of our top-notch masters and doctoral programs."

Outside of CPACS, the Part-time Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from UNO’s College of Business Administration was included in the top third of all MBA programs in the country, ranking 98th out of 326 peer programs.

The UNO College of Education (COE) was also ranked nationally for its Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) graduate program. The SLP program was also ranked in the top third of all speech language programs in the country, placing 73rd out of 250 peer programs.

“We’re proud of the quality of our faculty and students,” COE Dean Nancy Edick said. “From nationally recognized student organizations that provide service to the community to innovative programs that prepare graduates to work with special populations, they are professionals dedicated to excellence. This national ranking adds to the list of accomplishments that indicate they are making a big difference.”

Dean of Graduate Studies Deborah Smith-Howell said the academic community’s perception of these programs is a testament to the quality of education offered at UNO.

“Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha continues to offer outstanding, unique and relevant master’s and Ph.D. programs, as evidenced by the views of our academic peers.”

For more information on UNO’s ranking and graduate programs, please contact Erin Owen, director of communications for UNO Graduate Studies, at eowen@mail.unomaha.edu or by phone at (402) 554.2742.

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