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U.S. News: Ohio State graduate programs move up

COLUMBUS – According to the U.S. News & World Report 2010 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools released today, The Ohio State University offers some of the top graduate programs in the nation.

Among all universities public and private, the magazine rates 11 Ohio State graduate programs in the top ten nationally: American politics (political science) social psychology (psychology), social stratification (sociology), administration/supervision (education), counseling/personnel services (education), curriculum/instruction (education), elementary education, secondary education, vocational/ technical education, supply chain/logistics (business), and dispute resolution (law).

"These rankings underscore the great and growing strength of Ohio State's faculty in disciplines ranging from medicine and engineering to supply chain logistics and K-12 teacher education," said President E. Gordon Gee. "While the rankings are gratifying, the truest measure of the university's impact cannot be quantified – the power to change lives and improve our communities."

The College of Medicine demonstrated the most marked improvement in university graduate programs ranked this year, rising to number 27 (and 10th among public universities) from 30th place last year and 37th in 2005. Fisher College of Business is ranked 26th in the nation (ninth among publics), up from 27 last year. The College of Education and Human Ecology is ranked 16th (eighth among public schools) and is recognized for producing some of the nation's best qualified teachers, counselors and administrators in the nation. The College of Engineering increased to 27th in the nation (16 among publics), up from 29th last year. The Moritz College of Law was rated 35th among all universities and 14th among publics.

Dr. Wiley "Chip" Souba, dean of the College of Medicine, said Ohio State has been very successful in attracting faculty and students who excel in education, research and clinical care. "Our efforts over the past several years to establish a competitive and attractive program for the nation's top students and leading educators have paid dividends," said Souba. "They have created momentum that we believe – along with the support of our partners in the university, community and state – will lead to even greater achievements over the next few years."

Each year, U.S. News ranks professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. These 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.

The rankings of graduate schools and doctoral programs cover only a small portion of the programs offered at Ohio State. This year, in addition to annual rankings in business, education, engineering, law and medicine, the magazine offers new rankings for Ph.D. programs in economics, English, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. These rankings are based solely on peer assessment.

Ohio State has a graduate enrollment of approximately 10,000 students within 130 programs.
U.S. News & World Report 2009 rankings of Ohio State graduate programs:

Fisher College of Business: ranked best in Ohio and 26th nationally among 426 institutions with MBA programs. Specialty programs in supply chain/logistics ranked seventh. Fisher is second nationally in the proportion of graduates employed at three months (97.1%).

College of Education and Human Ecology: ranked best in Ohio and 16th nationally out of 278 graduate education programs. Specialty programs in vocational/technical education rank second in the nation; elementary education, secondary teacher education, administration/supervision are fifth, and counseling/personnel services is sixth.

College of Engineering: ranked best in Ohio and 27th nationally out of 198 engineering programs that grant doctoral degrees.

Moritz College of Law: ranked best in Ohio and 35th in the nation out of 184 ABA-accredited law schools. The program in dispute resolution ranked 5th.

College of Medicine: ranked 27th overall among 126 accredited medical schools. The specialty program in primary care ranked 40th.

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences: ranked 17th nationally in psychology, 17th in sociology, 17th in political science, and 28th in economics. Specialty programs in psychology (social psychology) ranked second in the nation, political science (American politics) ranked seventh and sociology (social stratification) ranked eighth.

The College of Humanities: ranked 26th in English and 24th in the nation in history.