US News recognizes UMSL on its ‘Best Graduate Schools’ list with 9 programs appearing in latest rankings

by | Mar 29, 2022

Nursing, public affairs, business, education, social work, psychology, mathematics, chemistry and biology all received recognition on the publication’s 2023 list.
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Nine UMSL programs were ranked on U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 “Best Graduate Schools” list. (Photo by August Jennewein)

The University of Missouri–St. Louis boasts some of the premier graduate programs in the St. Louis region and the state of Missouri in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

UMSL programs in nursing, public affairs, business, education, social work, psychology, mathematics, chemistry and biology all received recognition on the publication’s 2023 “Best Graduate Schools” lists.

The university ranked first in the region among best Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, and the Master of Public Policy Administration Program was also No. 1 regionally among public affairs programs. UMSL’s part-time MBA program was ranked as the top public option in the state.

“We’re pleased that U.S. News & World Report has again recognized the high quality of graduate programs at the University of Missouri–St. Louis,” UMSL Provost and Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Steven J. Berberich said. “Whether students’ interests lie in nursing, business, education, public policy or STEM, we have degree programs that can help them grow their knowledge and advance in their chosen careers. This recognition is a credit to the strength of our faculty as well as our students, who are working to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing world.”

UMSL’s DNP program ranked No. 80 overall – an improvement of 26 places from last year – and was the third-ranked program in Missouri. It is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, a subsidiary of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and prepares nurses to become advanced clinicians. The program also builds expertise in areas of health policy, organizational leadership and management, evidence-based practice and more.

The Master of Public Policy Administration program also ranked third statewide and was the regional leader, coming in at No. 131 nationally.

The MPPA program provides students specialized training to help them become effective leaders in the government and nonprofit sectors. UMSL graduates have gone on to serve as city administrators, community development specialists, nonprofit executive directors and directors of development.

UMSL’s Master of Social Work program was the top public option in the St. Louis region and ranked No. 79 in the country. The program helps students advance their careers, whether they work in social welfare agencies, schools, hospitals, correctional institutions, social action and community organizations, daycares, geriatric rehabilitation or residential centers.

The university also ranked No. 138 for graduate education programs, an improvement of nearly 30 places from the previous year, and was also the region’s top public option. The College of Education offers quality graduate degree programs in elementary education, secondary education, adult and higher education, educational administration, counseling and special education.

UMSL also ranked No. 140 in clinical psychology while the part-time MBA program was third in Missouri and 163rd nationally.

The university ranked No. 160 in mathematics, No. 176 in chemistry and No. 251 in biology.

This year’s U.S. News rankings did not include criminology and criminal justice, but UMSL’s PhD program was ranked No. 11 nationally on last year’s list.

The Best Graduate Schools rankings are compiled by using expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators meant to assess the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. The reputation surveys were sent to more than 23,200 academics and professionals.

Steve Walentik

Steve Walentik