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Seven UCCS master's programs and one doctoral program earned recognition as national leaders in the new U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings released March 20. "This is evidence of the excellence our faculty and students across a breadth of disciplines".

To determine the rankings, U.S. News surveyed all 480 MBA programs in business accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, with 387 responding in fall 2017 and early 2018.

The College of Law inched up one spot to No. 47 in the nation and held steady at No. 24 among public universities. The Daniels College of Business, Sturm College of Law and Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) made the top 100 list. The data come from statistical surveys of more than 2,012 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 20,500 academics and professionals.

U.S. News and World Report does not update its rankings for every program each year. Other specialty areas of environmental law, legal writing, trial advocacy, tax law and the part-time program all ranked among the top 25 in the country.

The School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information is 17th in the nation, based on last year's ranking. UF Law's academic ranking among peer schools soared 8 points from 41st to 33rd.

Of the engineering specialty areas included in the rankings for doctoral programs, Rossin College ranked in the top sixth for civil and industrial engineering, the top third for mechanical and materials engineering and the top two-fifths for chemical, computer and electrical engineering.

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).

Several other colleges are in the top 50 among public institutions: the College of Law is 34th, the College of Nursing is 40th, and the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences is 48th.

MSU's nuclear physics graduate program also maintained the No. 1 ranking in its category.

U.S. News did not newly rank graduate health disciplines this year, with the exception of Social Work graduate programs in the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, which were ranked at No. 68 this year. Specialty rankings are based exclusively on ratings by business school deans and directors of accredited MBA programs from the list of schools surveyed.

The rankings are based on expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students. These include UB graduate programs in biological sciences (140), chemistry (79), computer science (61) earth sciences (90), mathematics (94), physics (91) and statistics (83).

U.S. News ranks business schools based on factors like reputation, alumni employment rate, and students' standardized test scores. Both programs improved on standings that were originally issued in 2014.