Still No. 1

UofSC excels in latest U.S. News graduate rankings

From the top-ranked international business program to criminal justice and nursing, the University of South Carolina’s graduate programs continue to make their mark in the Palmetto State and beyond.

Carolina has 43 programs listed in the newly released U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools publication, the popular annual guide for prospective students.

The year's highlights include a continued No. 1 ranking for the International MBA program. The Darla Moore School of Businesses’ Professional MBA program ranked 13th among public universities and 22nd overall.

Here are a few other ranking highlights from the guide, released Tuesday (March 20):

  • The master’s in nursing program moved up more than a dozen spots and now ranks 23rd among all public universities (39th overall), while the doctor of nursing practice ranked 29th among public programs (44th overall).
  • The criminal justice graduate program at the College of Arts and Sciences ranked 18th among all public universities (22nd overall).
  • The College of Engineering and Computing’s nuclear engineering program ranked 17th among public universities (19th overall). It is one of eight  programs in the college included in this year’s ranking.
  • The school library media program in the School of Library and Information Science (College of Information and Communications) garnered the No.5 overall ranking.

Provost Joan Gabel says graduate and professional programs are an important part of the university’s mission and impact.

At nearly 9,000 students, Carolina enrolls far more graduate students each year than other institutions in the state. 

“We know we have a shortage of baccalaureate degree holders in South Carolina, but the state also needs more advanced-degree graduates,” Gabel says. “We’re proud that we can offer so many high-quality degree opportunities to students thanks to our dedicated faculty and staff who deliver excellence each and every day.” 


Learn more

Visit U.S. News & World Report’s website for the complete graduate rankings. 

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