Five CU-Boulder Programs Ranked in Nation's Top 10 in U.S. News Graduate School Rankings

April 22, 2009

Five University of Colorado at Boulder graduate specialty programs were ranked in the top 10 nationally in the new but limited U.S. News & World Report 2010 Best Graduate Schools issue scheduled for release April 23.

The CU-Boulder physics department garnered three specialty rankings in the top 10 in the nation in 2008, rankings that are still in place. They include atomic/molecular/optical physics No. 1, quantum physics No. 4 (tie) and plasma physics No. 10. The physics department was ranked in a tie for 20th in the nation in 2008.

The CU Law School's environmental law specialty program was ranked No. 6 in the nation this year. Overall, the law school was ranked in a tie for 45th in the latest ranking.

CU-Boulder's program in physical chemistry was ranked the No. 10 program in the nation, with the chemistry department ranked No. 28 overall. These rankings were conducted in 2007 but remain in place.

Professional school programs in education, engineering, law, business and medicine were among those programs newly ranked this year.

CU-Boulder's School of Education was tied for 38th in this year's ranking and the College of Engineering and Applied Science was ranked 40th this year.

Also included in the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools issue were several other CU-Boulder doctoral degree programs that were previously ranked, including earth sciences (tied for 25th in 2006), psychology (tied for 29th in 2009) and biological sciences (33rd in 2007).

In addition, the CU-Boulder master's degree program in speech-language pathology was tied for 25th in 2008 and the doctoral program in clinical psychology was 33rd in the nation in 2008, the most recent year the programs were ranked by the magazine.

Magazine officials said extended rankings for additional selected disciplines would be released on April 23.

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