Published: March 13, 2019

CU Boulder students (from left) Manasa Ponnapalli, Melissa Sandor, and Gregory Gomez work on a circuit project in the PhET interactive simulations lab at the University of Colorado Boulder. (Photo by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado)

CU Boulder currently stands among the top 25 nationally for several of its graduate-level programs, according to rankings released Tuesday, March 12, by U.S. News and World Report.

U.S. News does not update its rankings for every program each year. In the publication’s 2020 issue, CU Boulder maintains previous rankings (from 2016 to 2019) or has taken new positions in a number of disciplines. Ranking in the top 10 nationally, these include: atomic/molecular/optical physics (2); ceramics (5); quantum physics (6); environmental law (8); aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering (or Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences) (10); and physical chemistry (10).

Additionally, CU Boulder’s graduate offerings in the following U.S. News categories rank in the teens nationally: applied math (14); physics (14); environmental/environmental health engineering (14); chemical engineering (15); education policy (15); clinical psychology (16); audiology (17); biological/agricultural engineering (17); secondary teacher education (18); and Earth sciences (19).

“It’s gratifying to see so many of our graduate programs consistently receive recognition in rankings like this,” said Leslie Reynolds, interim dean of CU Boulder’s Graduate School. “This attests to the high-quality research and impactful teaching performed by our outstanding faculty, graduate students and staff.”

A handful of other CU Boulder schools, colleges, departments and programs are ranked in the top 25 nationally for graduate-level offerings in the categories of: civil engineering (21); elementary teacher education (22); curriculum and instruction (23); chemistry (24); and speech-language pathology (24).

See the full list of CU Boulder graduate rankings (U.S. News College Compass subscription required for full access).

Current graduate rankings by U.S. News and World Report

Education, 29 
    Elementary teacher education, 22 
    Secondary teacher education, 18 
    Curriculum and instruction, 23 
    Education policy, 15 
Engineering, 31
    Aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical, 10 
    Biological/agricultural, 17
    Chemical, 15 
    Civil, 21
    Computer, 34 
    Electrical/electronic/communications, 38 
    Environmental/environmental health, 14 
    Materials, 54 
    Mechanical, 33
Law, 45 
    Environmental, 8 
    Health care, 76 
    Intellectual property, 32 
    International, 45
    Tax, 55 
    Trial advocacy, 89 
    Legal writing, 52
    Dispute resolution, 65
    Clinical training, 74
Business, 79 
    Part-time MBA, 44 
Biological sciences, 33
Chemistry, 24
    Physical, 10   
Computer science, 40
Earth sciences, 19
Mathematics, 47
Applied mathematics, 14
Physics, 14
        Atomic/molecular/optical, 2
        Quantum, 6
Economics, 50
English, 35
History, 38
Political science, 40
Psychology, 26
Sociology, 42
Audiology, 17
Clinical psychology, 16
Fine arts program, 59
        Ceramics, 5
Speech-language pathology, 24