Graduate Programs Receive Top Rankings

TAMPA, Fla. (April 23, 2009) – Several of the University of South Florida’s graduate programs are among the top in the nation according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 America’s Best Graduate Schools report released today. Seven programs rated in the top 50 while seven others are in the top 100.


“These rankings are affirmation of the outstanding scholarship, academic excellence, and global engagement conducted by USF’s faculty and graduate students,” said USF Provost Ralph Wilcox. “Delivering top quality graduate programs is an essential ingredient in the university’s efforts to support its position as a premier research university with state, national, and global impact.”

The industrial and organizational psychology program is ranked eighth in the nation, up two spots from its #10 position last year. It is the only p
sychology specialty program in Florida ranked in the report.


USF’s public health program came in at #20 for the second year in a row, a reflection of the college’s work in social marketing, global health and infectious disease, maternal and child health, and distance learning programs.


The newly formed College of Behavioral & Community Sciences is home to five of the 14 ranked programs: criminology (#22), audiology (#24), rehabilitation counseling (#39), speech-language pathology (#46), and social work (#71). The college was formed through a realignment of academic units to preserve quality and strengthen the university’s academic programs during the challenging economic climate. With faculty from various social science and human service fields, these programs’ rankings demonstrate the university’s commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship is in line with national criteria for top graduate programs.


Rounding out the top 50 is library and information studies coming in at #29. It is just one of two library programs in the state ranked on the list. The program offers courses in several sites across the state and is accredited by the American Library Association.


Other USF programs ranked this year by U.S. News & World Report are education (#54), clinical psychology (#57), physical therapy (#69), nursing (#72), psychology (#74), and fine art (#81).


“The outstanding accomplishments of the faculty, students, and staff of the ranked academic programs clearly demonstrate how graduate education is on a fast trajectory at USF as we achieve national and international prominence.  We in the Graduate School congratulate all the programs and look forward to continued success,” said Karen Liller, interim dean of the Graduate School and associate vice president for research and innovation.


The 2010 America's Best Graduate Schools edition includes more than 1,500 graduate school programs in business, law, medicine, health disciplines, education, engineering, sciences, fine arts, library and information studies, public affairs, social sciences and the humanities. The rankings, based on data from experts regarding program quality and statistical markers gauging the quality of a program’s faculty, research and students, can be found in the April 28 print edition of the magazine or online at

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.


Story written by Jacqui Cash, Academic Affairs