UNI graduate programs named among the best in the country

UNI graduate programs named among the best in the country

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UNI’s education and part-time MBA graduate programs were named two of the top graduate programs in the country, according to a new U.S. News & World Report ranking. Both programs ranked among the top 200 in the country – out of thousands of similar programs at other universities – on the publication’s Best Graduate School for 2022 list.

UNI’s graduate programs in education boast strong employment rates — 100% of graduates from the school psychology program find employment and 100% of students graduating with a master's degree in special education find teaching positions within one year. 

For business programs, U.S. News used starting salaries and MBA students' ability to find jobs upon graduation or three months after to help determine rankings. All rankings were based in part on assessments from college deans and senior faculty, as well as hiring professionals in those fields.

“Graduate students are valuable members of our university community, and our experienced faculty provide personalized attention to help every student pursue their passions and be successful throughout their lives,” said UNI President Mark A. Nook. “We appreciate the recognition of our faculty’s commitment to academic excellence and the unique role UNI plays in preparing graduate students for dynamic, in-demand careers in Iowa and across the United States.”

The Best Graduate Schools rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students. The data for the rankings in all six disciplines in the 2022 listings came from statistical surveys of more than 2,125 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 23,000 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2020 and early 2021.