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Graduate Programs at DU Ranked Among the Top in the Nation

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Jon Stone

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Four graduate schools at the University of Denver are ranked among the top 100 in the nation. U.S. News & World Report released today its 2019 Best Graduate School Rankings. The Daniels College of BusinessSturm College of LawGraduate School of Social Work (GSSW) and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) made the top 100 list.

“The latest U.S. News & World Report ranking is a testament to our philosophy for exceptional academic programming and preparation,” says Chancellor Rebecca Chopp. “Our graduate and professional programs provide students with the rigor and experiential opportunities they require to excel in their careers.”

The full-time law program at the Sturm College of Law is No. 63, up 13 spots from No. 76 last year. The law school’s clinical training program is now ranked No. 8, an increase of five points from last year. Other specialty areas of environmental law, legal writing, trial advocacy, tax law and the part-time program all ranked among the top 25 in the country.

“We are gratified by this recognition of our institutional success, which reflects significant achievements in the areas of student quality, bar passage and job placement,” says Bruce Smith, dean of the law school. “In this last reporting cycle, we strengthened the credentials of our incoming class, achieved a bar passage rate eight percentage points above the Colorado average and experienced dramatic improvement in job placement 10 months after graduation, reflecting the strong return-on-investment on a Denver Law degree. We have bold initiatives under way designed to build upon this recent momentum and take one of the nation’s most ascendant law schools to even greater heights.”

The part-time MBA program at the Daniels College, known as the Professional MBA, is No. 87 in the country. This ranking jumped a full 43 spots higher than just a year ago. The full-time MBA program, called the Denver MBA, is ranked No. 92.

“This ranking affirms, in part, that our commitment to delivering an exceptional management education experience for our students at the intersection of academic rigor and market relevance is closely aligned with the needs of our most critical stakeholders,” says Brent Chrite, dean of the Daniels College.

GSSW ranked No. 17 for best graduate social work program in the country. This is the same position GSSW held two years ago, the last time rankings for social work were released.

“We are honored to be consistently among the top-ranked schools of social work, an accomplishment by our scholarly and alumni communities whose work catalyzes social change,” says Amanda Moore McBride, dean of GSSW. “Social work is a growing profession nationally and it is becoming an established discipline. These facts are evidenced by U.S. News & World Report moving to annual rankings for social work this year as opposed to every four years.”

In AHSS, the Department of Psychology received two rankings within the top 100. The department was ranked No. 81 and the clinical psychology program was ranked No. 62 in the country.

“We are proud to see the work of our faculty, students and alumni recognized as among the best,” says Daniel McIntosh, dean of AHSS. “Our psychology programs offer close collaboration between faculty and students as they advance psychological science and understanding, and connect their work to our community through clinical services and research.

The rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. The data come from statistical surveys of more than 2,012 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 20,500 academics and professionals. The surveys were conducted in fall 2017 and early 2018.

To see the complete rankings by U.S. News & World Report, please click here.