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2013.03.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

U.S. News and World Report Gives Top Rankings to UNO Graduate Programs

Omaha - According to U.S. News and World Report, half a dozen programs at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) have retained their top-tier rankings, and are joined this year by the College of Education and Psychology, as part of the journal’s 2014 rankings for Best Graduate Schools, which were released Tuesday.

In a confirmation of last year’s rankings, UNO once again holds two No. 6 rankings in the School of Public Administration: Information and Technology Management and Public Finance and Budgeting. The rankings place UNO ahead of similar programs at Harvard University, University of Texas-Austin, and University of Michigan.

UNO also repeats with three other rankings in the top 20 from the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS), including an 11th-place ranking for Nonprofit Management, 14th-place ranking for City Management and 17th-place ranking for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. UNO placed just outside of the top 20 for Public Management Administration, ranking 21st in the country.

The School of Public Administration also ranked 33rd out of 275 similarly-measured programs, putting it in the top 12 percent of public administration programs in the country. The Grace Abbott School of Social Work, also in CPACS, is ranked near the top half of the country.

“Our programs rank among the best in the nation because of the stature of our faculty, the innovative curriculum and the impact of our research,” said John Bartle, acting dean of CPACS, who will take over officially as dean of the college on April 1. “Now more than ever, society needs solutions to our social and governmental problems, and these schools are on the frontier of creating and transmitting knowledge.”

This year, the College of Education was ranked in the top half of the country - ahead of comparable programs at Boise State University, Oregon State University and North Dakota State University.

The College of Education was also favorably ranked for its Speech Language Pathology masters program, which placed in the top third of the country. “This national ranking recognizes the extraordinary efforts of our faculty to provide challenging and relevant programs for our students through teaching, research and service,” said Nancy Edick, dean of the College of Education. “We look forward to continued progress in the College of Education.”

All told, ranked programs at UNO span four of UNO’s six colleges, including the College of Arts and Sciences, whose Psychology graduate program made the rankings this year and is considered to be in the top half of programs in the country. The College of Business Administration’s part-time Master’s of Business Administration program improved on last year’s rankings, placing in the top third of the country.

“As more attention is paid nationally to the importance of graduate education, these rankings show the depth and breadth of academic excellence at UNO,” said Deborah Smith-Howell, dean of Graduate Studies. “I am incredibly proud of the hard work our faculty and staff to ensure our students have the best education available.”

These rankings from U.S. News and World Report follow a recent announcement from the magazine that UNO’s online Bachelor of General Studies program is ranked 11th nationally out of hundreds of online bachelor’s degree programs and an announcement from “The Military Times” magazine ranking UNO as the sixth best university or college for military friendliness.

For more information on the U.S. News and World Report rankings for UNO, or for information on UNO’s graduate degree programs, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at cdreed@unomaha.edu or by phone at 402.554.2129.

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