UO graduate school programs rank among the nation’s best

First published on Around the O on March 12th. U.S. News & World Report has released its 2020 rankings for the top graduate schools, and programs in the University of Oregon’s College of Education and School of Law continue to be listed among the best in the nation.

The College of Education ranks No. 5 among the public institutions and 14th in the country overall for education graduate programs. The college’s special education program comes in as one of the premiere places in the nation for the category with a No. 3 ranking. It also ranks second among public institutions.

Janet Woodruff-Borden, vice provost and dean of the UO Graduate School

The College of Education’s total funded research moved up to $49.1 million, making it the No. 7-ranked school in the nation in that category. That’s a jump from $41.1 million and a 10th-place finish last year.

Three School of Law programs rank in the top 10, with the environmental law and natural resources law program jumping to No. 8 in the nation, up three slots from last year. The conflict and dispute resolution program moved up one spot to seventh overall. Legal research and writing came in ranked No. 5, down two spots from last year.

“Our core mission is to foster excellence, innovation and inclusion when it comes to access for our graduate programs,” said Janet Woodruff-Borden, vice provost and dean of the UO Graduate School. “I’m excited that these rankings reflect some of the gains we are making to provide a great graduate school experience.”

The law school moved up to No. 83 overall, up two slots from 85, its ranking a year ago.

Several graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences continue to be recognized, including clinical psychology, No. 25; earth sciences, No. 31; and psychology, No. 45. UO programs in the College of Design and the Lundquist College of Business were also included among the rankings.

“As a top-tiered research institution, we continue to work hard at the University of Oregon to find ways to offer the very best in graduate education” said Jayanth Banavar, provost and senior vice president. “We are proud to have these excellent academic opportunities for our graduate students recognized.”

To see a complete list of the rankings, visit U.S. News & World Report’s website.

By David Austin, University Communications