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U.S. News & World Report lists 48 KU graduate programs in top 50 among public schools in 2021 rankings

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas has nine graduate programs in the top 10 and 48 programs ranked in the top 50 among public universities in the 2021 rankings from U.S. News & World Report, released today.

KU’s local government management program retained its top spot among all universities, and its special education program ranked first among public schools. The local government management program has held that spot since 1998.

Some of the programs with the largest increases in rank among public schools include audiology, up 10 spots; public finance and budgeting, up seven spots; environmental/environmental health engineering, up six spots; civil engineering, up six spots; and medicine – research, up five spots.

Graduate programs at KU ranked in the top 50 among public universities include:

1. Local Government Management
1. Special Education
6. Physical Therapy
6. Public Management and Leadership
6. Speech-Language Pathology
9. Occupational Therapy
9. School of Education
10. Audiology
10. Public Affairs
11. Nursing-Midwifery
11. Petroleum Engineering
13. Dispute Resolution (J.D.)
14. Family Medicine
14. Public Finance and Budgeting
15. Clinical Child Psychology
18. Elementary Education
20. History
22. Medicine - Primary Care
22. Social Work
23. Legal Writing (J.D.)
23. Pharmacy
24. Curriculum and Instruction
26. Contract - Commercial Law
30. Clinical Psychology
30. Psychology
31. Medicine - Research
33. Criminal Law
33. Environmental Law
34. Aerospace Engineering
35. Fine Arts
36. Law
37. Constitutional Law
37. Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
38. Business-Corporate Law
38. Earth Sciences (Geology)
38. Clinical Training (J.D.)
38. Political Science
39. Civil Engineering
39. Full-Time MBA
39. Mathematics
40. Biology
40. English
41. International Law
41. Tax Law
44. Chemistry
44. Economics
44. Intellectual Property Law
49. Mechanical Engineering


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