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March 18, 2019

UMass Boston's graduate programs in education jump 29 spots in U.S. News ranking

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UMass Boston's rehabilitation counseling, nursing, and public affairs programs also ranked in top 100

UMass Boston’s graduate programs in education jumped 29 spots to No. 66 in the 2020 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools, released Tuesday.

Five UMass Boston programs have new top 100 rankings:

  • Rehabilitation Counseling – No. 15
  • Graduate programs in education – No. 66
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice – No. 72
  • Master’s programs in public affairs – No. 74
  • Master of Nursing – No. 83

“We are all very proud of the recognition our campus is enjoying,” said Interim Chancellor Katherine S. Newman. “Our first-rate faculty and extraordinary students work hard every day to merit these accolades.  It is wonderful to know that the rest of the world has registered their achievements.”

Rankings are based on student acceptance rate, program size, number and strength of faculty, and research activity, the latter of which College of Education and Human Development Dean Joseph Berger attributes to the big jump from the 2019 edition.

“It’s gratifying that the high-quality and inclusive excellence of our faculty and students is being recognized,” Berger said. “In part, this ranking recognizes the extent to which our faculty and students are engaged in their work. Our growing reputation builds on our engagement in deeply embedded partnerships and increased success in research productivity.”

The master’s program in rehabilitation counseling moved up 9 spots from the 2017 edition of Best Graduate Schools, when the program was ranked No. 24.

“I am so pleased about this recognition as it is a reflection of our faculty and students,” School for Global Inclusion Dean William Kiernan said. “The program has a very strong focus on both employment and mental health services and supports. The role of the rehabilitation counselor is central to the return to or access to employments of adults with disabilities.”

The deadline for summer admission into the rehabilitation counseling program is April 1. Other application deadlines for summer and fall are posted here.

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

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