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Wednesday’s announcement means UMass Boston continues to have the No. 1 rehabilitation counseling program in New England.
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March 21, 2016

UMass Boston graduate programs rise in U.S. News and World Report rankings

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Rehabilitation Counseling Is Highest-Ranked Program at No. 24

U.S. News & World Report has listed six UMass Boston graduate programs among the top 100 in their respective categories.

The highest-ranked UMass Boston program on the 2017 Best Graduate Schools list is the rehabilitation counseling program, again ranked No. 24.

Five other programs appeared on the list:

Master of nursing – No. 52

Doctor of Nursing Practice – No. 58

Graduate programs in education – No. 71

Master’s program in public affairs – No. 77

Doctor of clinical psychology – No. 87

The education programs have risen five spots since their last ranking in 2015; the public affairs program has gained 10 spots since it was last evaluated in 2012. The rehabilitation counseling program has maintained its No. 24 ranking. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is appearing on a U.S. News list for the first time.

“The University of Massachusetts Boston’s growing national profile is reflective of the excellence we have known about for a long time,” said Chancellor J. Keith Motley. “We are very pleased that U.S. News & World Report has again recognized our outstanding students, our brilliant faculty, and our expanding research enterprise.”

Wednesday’s announcement means UMass Boston continues to have the No. 1 rehabilitation counseling program in New England.

“Our faculty has worked diligently to provide a high-quality training program that prepares professionals who can have a true impact on the lives of persons with disabilities. Our graduates are addressing a workforce need in the vocational rehabilitation system both on the public as well as the private side here and throughout the New England region,” said Dean William Kiernan of the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development.

The graduate programs that U.S. News ranks annually are evaluated on factors that include standardized test scores of newly enrolled students, employment outcomes for graduates, and acceptance rates. School superintendents and deans at education schools provide the feedback that figures into the education rankings.

College of Education and Human Development Dean Michael Middleton is proud to be recognized by his peers.

“Our stature among high-quality, research-focused colleges of education is based on the strength of our academic programs, the scholarly work of our faculty, and achievements of our students,” Middleton said. “The impact our faculty and graduates have on local and global communities is the true measure of success for CEHD.  Our stature as a premier urban-focused college of education will continue to grow as a result of their efforts.”

The public affairs program in the McCormack Graduate School was the biggest mover on the list, jumping up 10 spots from 2012. Recent additions to the Public Administration, MPA program are new tracks in municipal management and gender, leadership, and public policy. The Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs is also home to a new master’s degree in global comparative public administration.

“The McCormack Graduate School’s programs are at the cutting edge of research, teaching and action,” McCormack Graduate School Dean David W. Cash said. “The school launches innovative, driven and highly skilled professionals dedicated to public service and social justice in our increasingly interconnected world. Our students have been increasingly recognized with national research awards, and have earned leadership positions on local, state, national and international stages.”

To see the full list of rankings, visit the U.S. News & World Report website.

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