GSU Graduate Programs Move Up in U.S. News Rankings

ATLANTA — Graduate programs from across Georgia State University were ranked among the best in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, published this week. The College of Law, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and J. Mack Robinson College of Business each garnered a top-10 spot for specialty programs, while the law school, the policy school and the College of Education all moved up in the general rankings.

“It is gratifying to see Georgia State’s university-wide forward momentum being reflected with advances across the various rankings,” GSU President Mark Becker said. “While our focus always is on increasing the value of a GSU education, and not on managing to rankings, it is reassuring to see that our peers are recognizing the importance of the strategic decisions that we are making.”

The GSU College of Law’s Center for Law, Health & Society was recognized as second best in the nation, up from No. 5 last year. This is the sixth consecutive year that it has been named one of the top 10 healthcare law programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

“We’re honored by the ranking, which hopefully reflects our peers’ confidence in our superb faculty, students and staff,” said Charity Scott, director of the Center for Law, Health & Society. “The university’s strong support through the Second Century Initiative for new faculty hiring has been invaluable to the health law program.”

Overall, the College of Law continues its climb in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, coming in at No. 58 out of the 195 fully accredited law schools evaluated. Last year, the College of Law was listed at No. 61.

Among public affairs programs, the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies is No. 23 out of 266 ranked, moving up four points from its previous position at No. 27. Three specialty programs also advanced in the rankings: Public Finance and Budgeting, No. 4; Nonprofit Management, no. 12; and Public Management and Administration, No. 26. The School of Social Work, newly incorporated under the AYSPS umbrella, rose to No. 52 from its most recent ranking of No. 71 in 2008.

For the third consecutive year, the Robinson College of Business ranked in the nation’s top 10 percent of business schools offering part-time master’s (M.B.A., M.S.) programs. The Robinson College is No. 32 among the 326 business schools surveyed.

In specialty rankings, the Robinson College Department of Computer Information Systems advanced one spot to be ranked No. 9 among graduate-level information systems programs. Accounting is ranked No. 27 in the nation. Robinson is the only Georgia business school with a top-10 ranked specialty program.

The College of Education advanced three spots this year to No. 61, which it shares with the University of Kentucky.

“Our faculty, staff and students are already well aware of our instructional, research, and service accomplishments of increasing importance and impact at local, national and international levels,” College of Education Dean Randy Kamphaus said. “This week, the U.S. News rankings of the best graduate schools reinforces these many accomplishments.”

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March 15, 2012