Graduate education programs at UNL ranked No. 40 nationally


Graduate education programs at UNL ranked No. 40 nationally

21 Mar 2018    By Brad Stauffer

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s graduate education program jumped three spots and is ranked No. 40 in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report national rankings that were announced March 20.

Nebraska graduate education programs are housed in the College of Education and Human Sciences. Programs evaluated for this ranking include master’s, specialist, Ph.D. and Ed.D. degrees in the departments of Child, Youth and Family Studies; Educational Administration; Educational Psychology; Special Education and Communication Disorders; and Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education.

“Our graduate education programs have a strong tradition of rigor and quality,” said Beth Doll, interim dean. “The quality is evident throughout our degree offerings, and our graduates are respected leaders in K-12 classrooms, K-12 and higher education administration, school psychology, counseling, special education, speech language pathology and early childhood education. Many of our graduate programs are offered online which appeals to working professionals and opens our programs to students across the country.”

U.S. News evaluates graduate programs based on expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. Data for graduate education programs came from surveys of 267 schools granting doctoral degrees. Rankings were calculated based on a weighted average of the following 10 measures: peer assessment score (deans), educational professionals assessment score, acceptance rate, mean GRE verbal scores, mean GRE quantitative scores, student-faculty ratio, percentage of faculty with awards, doctoral degrees granted, total research expenditures, and average research expenditures per faculty member.

Nebraska’s graduate education programs have been ranked in the top 50 nationally, for six consecutive years. Other programs in the College of Education and Human Sciences that are ranked by U.S. News & World Report are:

#12 Online Graduate Education (several departments)

#20 Speech-Language Pathology (Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders)

#26 Audiology (Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders)

#35 Online Bachelor's Program (Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society, Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies)


College of Education and Human Sciences
Child, Youth and Family Studies
Educational Administration
Educational Psychology
Special Education and Communication Disorders
Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education