UofSC graduate programs among nation’s best

Several University of South Carolina graduate programs ranked among the nation’s elite in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools rankings released Tuesday.

The International MBA program (IMBA) at the Darla Moore School of Business retained its position as the No.1 ranked school in the country, besting international MBA programs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Harvard Business School. The Moore School has ranked in the top three for 26 consecutive years.

"That the Darla Moore School of Business has retained its ranking as the nation’s top International MBA program in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings is gratifying,” said Moore School Dean Peter Brews.  “The Moore School continues to innovate in how we prepare students for work in markets around the world, and this recognition will provide additional impetus to our efforts.  Further, being recognized again as No. 1 in both graduate and undergraduate International business speaks to the depth and high quality of our programs, faculty and students.”

The school’s Professional MBA program (PMBA) also was ranked No. 16 nationally, and No. 9 among all public universities.

“I am also pleased that the efforts of our Professional MBA faculty and students have returned our program to No.16 in the nation," Brews said.  "We are also ranked second in the Southeast and No.1 in the Carolinas. This program builds business leadership and growth at many leading companies across the Carolinas. “

Like last year, the public health graduate degree program at the Arnold School of Public Health was ranked No. 23 among all schools and No. 15 among public universities.

“We've doubled in size and productivity in only five years—more than any public school of public health— and with new facilities and centers, we are just getting started,” said Arnold School Dean Thomas Chandler. “There are wonderful opportunities here for impactful work in community to global health, and South Carolina is a unique microcosm for studies of health disparities, social justice, built environments and linkages to disease.”

Meanwhile, the College of Nursing's graduate program moved up 13 slots to No. 66 overall, and No. 46 among public universities. Earlier this year, nursing's online degree program tied Johns Hopkins at No. 3 in the U.S. News & World Report’s guide to online programs. Nursing Dean Jeanette Andrews attributed the program’s rise in the rankings to a collective effort.   

“The College of Nursing aims to provide the highest quality education to our graduate nursing students, and it is gratifying to be recognized in the top 13 percent of the 510 graduate nursing programs in the U.S.,” Andrews said. “This is another validation that we are continuing to move in the right direction.  I am so grateful to all of our faculty, staff and students who contribute to our stellar achievements.”

Other graduate programs that performed well in the latest rankings include: social psychology (No. 4); school library media (No. 5); services for children and youth (No. 11); library and information studies (No. 18); criminology (25); and political science (54). 

Overall, the university has 47 nationally ranked academic programs, more than any other school in the state.

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