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Last modified: Thursday, April 3, 2003

IU graduate programs ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report

Indiana University graduate programs in nursing, education, fine arts, business, law and medicine received high rankings in the 2004 edition of U.S.News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools."

In new rankings this year, the IU School of Nursing was tied for 15th and three of its specialty areas were ranked in the top 10. Under clinical nurse specialist: adult/medical-surgical, IUPUI was fourth, psychiatric/mental health was tied for fifth and nursing service administration was tied for seventh.

"With several hundred nursing master's degree programs in the United States, the IU School of Nursing is pleased to be ranked 15th nationally. Our last ranking for National Insitutes of Health funding was 15th, too, so there is a close relationship between the quality of our research and our graduate programs," said Angela Barron McBride, dean of the IU School of Nursing.

On the Bloomington campus, the master of fine arts program tied for 13th, fourth among public institutions. The field of painting and drawing was listed ninth. It was the first new ranking of the MFA program since 1997, when it placed in a tie for sixth.

"We're pleased to learn that we continue to rank at the top of public research institutions in terms of graduate education and studio art," said Georgia Strange, director of the School of Fine Arts.

The School of Education at Bloomington was tied for 17th, compared with 19th last year. Six education graduate programs remained in the top 10 nationally -- administration/supervision, elementary education, secondary education, higher education administration, counseling/personnel services and curriculum/instruction. Higher education administration was the highest-ranked at fourth.

The Kelley School of Business was ranked 23rd, compared with 21st last year, and the School of Law at IU Bloomington was tied for 38th, compared with 39th last year. The law school at IUPUI was ranked 64th, and the IUPUI health care law program tied for eighth.

The School of Medicine in Indianapolis improved its ranking in two different areas. It was listed 39th in research, compared with 47th last year, and 40th in primary care, compared with 43rd last year.

The full rankings by U.S.News & World Report will be released to the public on Monday (April 7) in the book "America's Best Graduate Schools," and many of the rankings will appear in the magazine's issue that will go on sale that day. The full rankings will be posted on the magazine's Web site at The U.S. News rankings of undergraduate programs will be announced in September.