University of San Diego Graduate Programs Ranked Among the Best By U.S. News & World Report

SAN DIEGO, CA – The University of San Diego announced today its graduate programs within the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing were ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report in the just released 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School rankings.

USD’s graduate programs included in the 2016 highly anticipated rankings included:

• School of Business Administration’s part-time MBA #73
• School of Law’s full-time program #71, part-time program #13, and Tax Law program #6
• School of Leadership and Education Sciences Education Program #96, and the
• Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science’s Nursing program #30.

“The University of San Diego has consistently offered our students excellent programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Our deans and faculty work diligently to ensure our programs meet the highest academic standards available,” said USD President Mary E. Lyons. Adding, “The recognition we have received by U.S. News & World Report this year is yet another important testament to the quality of our programs.”

USD’s part-time MBA program ranked #73 out of 282 programs, moving up 21 spots from the 2015 ranking of #94. “Our Evening MBA offers a flexible and rigorous graduate business school experience that accommodates professional lives, while still providing the high-touch, personalized environment for which SBA is well-known,” said David Pyke, dean of the School of Business Administration.

In addition to the School of Law’s full-time law program moving up to #71 from #79, and the part-time program moving up to #13 from #17, the law school’s renowned tax law program is now ranked #6 in the country. The law school was also recognized as one of the most diverse law schools.

USD Law School Dean Stephen Ferruolo proudly acknowledged the positive shift in rankings by saying, “Our faculty and students work very hard everyday to ensure our demanding program exceeds the standard requirements. We are proud that more than 33 percent of San Diego’s practicing attorneys are graduates of our programs, and that we have the highest ranked tax program west of the Mississippi.” Adding, “We will continue to offer highly regarded programs well into the future.”

At #96, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences graduate program has consistently ranked among the nation’s top 100 programs for several years. Dean Paula Cordeiro has cultivated a dynamic learning environment where faculty and students are deeply engaged in the San Diego community, which offers students a wealth of unique learning opportunities. “I am very proud of our faculty and students,” said Dean Cordeiro. “My colleagues are among the most committed women and men I have ever worked with. They care deeply about our students and want all of our graduates to leave USD prepared for success.”

Overall, USD’s Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science experienced the most significant jump in the rankings. When graduate nursing schools were last ranked in 2013 for the 2014 USN&WR, the School of Nursing ranked 50. In the 2016 ranking, the graduate Nursing School moved up the rankings to 30. An elated Dean Sally Brosz Hardin said, “For the first time ever, US News required empirical data, rather than relying on impressions from the other nursing deans with graduate programs. I believe the empirical data allowed our strengths to excel.” 

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About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Denise Ward
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