3-31-2008

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Ohio State graduate program rankings issued by U.S. News & World Report

Pharmacy, physical therapy, fine arts rise sharply among nation's universities

COLUMBUS According to the U.S. News & World Report 2009 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools" released this week, three graduate programs at The Ohio State University gained significantly in rankings among American universities since last year's report. Pharmacy rose to number five after being ranked 11th in the 2008 edition, and physical therapy cracked the top 20 for the first time, with a ranking of 19th up 16 positions from the previous year. And the master of fine arts program climbed to 21st from its previous 28th position.

In addition, the university received top five rankings in vocational/ technical education, counseling/personnel services (education), dispute resolution (law), pharmacy, industrial design, American politics, social psychology, and veterinary medicine.

"Overall these are very significant results for Ohio State and they reflect the hard work of so many dedicated faculty and students," said President E. Gordon Gee. "While small variations occur year to year both up and down, our continuing trend is positive. I am especially pleased by the outstanding progress of pharmacy, physical therapy and fine arts."

The reputation of Ohio State's College of Medicine continues to improve, stepping up to 30th among all institutions and 13th among publics. The college was ranked 37th in 2005 and 39th in 2004. In addition, the college's program in primary care jumped to 31st in the country, from 38th the previous year. In addition to the rise in rankings of pharmacy and physical therapy, other university health sciences programs also experienced improved rankings this year, including clinical psychology and occupational therapy.

Ohio's K-12 schools benefit from the resources offered by the College of Education, whose ranking improved from 17th to 16th nationally. The specialty program of vocational education is rated 1st in the nation, with programs in elementary education, secondary education, administration, counseling and personnel services, and curriculum and instruction all in the top 10.

Each year, U.S. News ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. For most categories, the magazine bases its decisions on: expert and peer assessment about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of students, faculty, and research. The magazine also ranks programs in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and many other areas, including selected health specialties.

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 clinical psychology, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, public affairs, computer science, mathematics, and physics.

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 27th overall among 425 institutions with MBA programs. Specialty program in supply chain/logistics ranked 7th.
  • College of Education and Human Ecology: Ohio State ranked 16th overall out of 278 graduate education programs. Specialty programs in vocational/technical education ranked 1st; counseling/personnel services ranked 4th; elementary education, curriculum/instruction, and administration/supervision ranked 6th, and secondary teacher education ranked 7th.
  • College of Engineering: ranked 29th overall out of 198 institutions with graduate engineering programs. The school also experienced gains in programs for environmental engineering, industrial and systems engineering, mechanical engineering. Computer science ranked 31st.
  • Moritz College of Law: ranked 32nd in the nation out of 184 ABA-accredited law schools. The specialty program in dispute resolution ranked 5th. U.S. News again identified the College of Law as one of the most racially diverse student bodies in the nation, with 9 percent of the students identified as Asian-American.
  • College of Medicine: ranked 30th overall among 125 accredited medical schools. The specialty program in primary care ranked 31st. Within the College's School of Allied Medicine, the program in physical therapy ranked 19th.
  • College of Pharmacy: ranked 5th overall.
  • Physical Therapy: ranked 19th overall.
  • Master of Fine Arts: ranked 21st among 220 Master of Fine Arts programs in art and design. Industrial design ranked 5th in the country, and programs in ceramics and glass both ranked 6th.
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences: ranked 33rd in clinical psychology, and 18th in speech-language pathology.
  • The John Glenn School of Public Affairs ranked 36th out of 269 schools with master's programs.
  • College of Mathematics and Physical Sciences: ranked 11th in nuclear physics, 33rd overall in mathematics and 26th in physics.

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