Three University of Nebraska–Lincoln colleges and 33 specific programs are featured in the 2020 U.S. News and World Report national rankings of the best graduate schools.
Nebraska’s graduate programs housed in the College of Education and Human Sciences combined to earn a No. 39 ranking in the nation. That is a slight increase from No. 40 in the 2019 survey and expands upon a No. 43 ranking in 2018.
At the No. 39 spot, Nebraska is tied with Penn State University. Among Big Ten peers, Nebraska’s College of Education and Human Sciences is ninth out of 14 institutions, ranked ahead of Purdue, Rutgers, Illinois and Iowa.
“Our consistently high rankings, year after year, are evidence of our faculty members’ rigor, diligence and commitment to excellence in the classroom and beyond,” said Beth Doll, interim dean of education and human sciences.
In other recent rankings, the College of Education and Human Sciences is ninth in the nation for online graduate education programs and 42nd for online bachelor’s programs.
Amongst individual campus programs, biological/agricultural engineering and ceramics lead with a No. 9 ranking in their respective disciplines. Other top 50 ranked programs include speech-language pathology (No. 20), audiology (No. 26) and clinical psychology (No. 50).
Additional ranked programs include multiple engineering and law disciplines, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, economics, English, fine arts, history, mathematics, physics, political science, psychology and sociology.
The U.S. News rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of each school’s faculty, research and students. Data for graduate education programs came from surveys of more than 2,054 professional programs and reputation surveys sent to more than 22,018 academics and professionals. Data was gathered in fall 2018 and early 2019. A complete overview of the methodology is available on the U.S. News website.