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Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College graduate programs rank 12th nationally

March 29, 2022

Homeland Security Master’s Program at Watts College Tied for First Place in the Nation

Arizona State University has 13 graduate programs that rank in the top 10 nationally – including one that is ranked #1, according to the new rankings just released by US News & World Report.

ASU’s homeland security master’s program was ranked #1 in the nation, tied with the Naval Postgraduate School and ranked higher than programs at Harvard and Columbia universities. Last year, the homeland security degree program at Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions ranked third.

Of the 13 top-ranked degree programs, seven are at Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. The list was published on March 29 after the magazine assessed more than 2,150 degree programs for 2023.

Watts College Dean Cynthia Lietz said the college is home to some of the highest-ranked programs in the country.

“It’s wonderful to see our focus on emergency management and homeland security recognized as one of the best in the country,” Lietz said.

US News & World Report provides several higher education rankings throughout the year, and last fall ranked ASU as the nation’s most innovative university for the seventh consecutive year.

Besides Homeland Security, the other 12 ASU graduate programs that ranked in the top 10, with last year’s ranking in parentheses, are:

  • MBA in project management, at the WP Carey School of Business: n°2 (5), ahead of Boston University and Georgetown University.
  • Geochemistry, in the School of Earth and Space Exploration of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: No. 3, tied with Penn State and the University of California, Berkeley and ahead of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. This discipline was not ranked last year.
  • MBA in supply chain management, at the WP Carey School of Business: n°3 (3), ahead of Penn State and Ohio State.
  • Information and Technology Management, in the School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions: No. 4 (3) out of five graded programs.
  • Local Government Management, in Watts College’s School of Public Affairs: No. 4 (3), tied with the University of Georgia and ahead of Syracuse and the University of Southern California.
  • Legal Writing, at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law: No. 4 (3), tied with Suffolk University and ahead of Georgetown and Wake Forest.
  • Nonprofit Management, in the School of Community Resources and Development at Watts College: No. 4 (5), ahead of American University and Ohio State.
  • Public Management and Leadership, in Watts College’s School of Public Affairs: No. 4 (16), tied with American University and ahead of Harvard and Georgetown.
  • Geology, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ School of Earth and Space Exploration: No. 5, tied with the University of California, Santa Barbara and ahead of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford. This discipline was not ranked last year.
  • Environmental Sciences, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ School of Earth and Space Exploration: No. 5, ahead of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Duke. This discipline was not ranked last year.
  • Environmental Policy, at Watts College School of Public Affairs: No. 8 (5), ahead of Columbia, Harvard, and Princeton.
  • Urban Policy, at Watts College School of Public Affairs: No. 6 (5), ahead of Harvard, Cornell and Columbia.

“Our growing national reputation for higher education is due to the scholarship and research of our distinguished faculty and the rich academic experience they design for our graduate students,” said Nancy Gonzales, executive vice president and rector of the university.

“We are also proud that the graduate programs that are ranked in this year’s U.S. News & World Report include a diversity of academic disciplines, all of which are committed to building future experts and leaders who are ready to have a positive impact through their careers.”

Overall, 39 ASU programs were ranked in the top 20 nationally.

Eleven are at the WP Carey School of Business. Besides the top 10 programs in supply chain management and project management, the others are: MBA in Information Systems, #11 (7); Executive MBA, tied at No. 13 (18); MBA in Business Analytics, tied at No. 13 (10); MBA in Accounting, tied at No. 14 (12); MBA in Production and Operations, tied at No. 16 (11); MBA in Management, tied at No. 16 (16); Part-Time MBA, No. 18 (22); MBA in International Business, tied at No. 20 (20); and MBA in Marketing, tied at No. 20 (20).

The School of Public Affairs has 10 programs in the top 20, including the overall program ranking of No. 12 (13), tied with seven universities, including Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown and Princeton, and ahead of Ohio State, Duke and Columbia. Besides the seven in the top 10 listed above, the others are public finance, tied at No. 12 (16), and public policy analysis, tied at No. 19 (20).

Seven are at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, including the overall program ranking of No. 12, tied with the University of Washington and ahead of Johns Hopkins and the University of Texas. The overall program ranked #11 last year. The others are: program and instruction, tied for No. 11(14); Primary Education, No. 12 (7); Special Education, No. 12 (11); educational administration, tied at No. 15 (14); educational psychology, tied at No. 17 (25); and Secondary Teacher Education, No. 17 (12).

Besides the program ranked #4 in Legal Writing, the other 20 top programs at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law are: Health Law, tied for #13 (16); dispute resolution, tied at No. 13 (14); and environmental law, tied at No. 17 (20).

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering had two programs in the top 20: Environmental Engineering, tied for No. 16 (20), and Industrial Engineering, No. 18 (18).

And besides the top 10 programs in geochemistry, geology, and environmental science, the School of Earth and Space Exploration’s entire earth science graduate programs were ranked #12, tied with Harvard. , Brown, Princeton, University of California at Los Angeles. , the University of California at San Diego and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and ahead of Yale and Cornell. And the geophysics degree program was tied at No. 17.

ASU had 33 graduate programs in the top 20 last year.

“Higher education is critical to ASU’s success and commitment to advancing research and the discovery of public value, so we are thrilled to see our efforts to create exceptional graduate programs for our students recognized in national rankings,” said Elizabeth Wentz, vice provost and dean of ASU’s Graduate College. “Current rankings are a testament to the exceptionality of our faculty, students, staff, and alumni.”

US News & World Report rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinion on program excellence and statistical indicators on the schools’ faculty, research, and students.

ASU’s individual graduate programs that were in the magazine’s top 50 rankings include: Social Policy, tied for 22nd; entrepreneurship, tied for 23rd place; Education Policy, No. 25; aerospace engineering, tied for No. 27; computer engineering, tied for No. 27; social work, tied at No. 28; criminal law, tied at No. 28; full-time MBA, tied for 29th; civil engineering, tied at No. 30; full-time law, tied at No. 30; international law, tied at No. 32; electrical engineering, tied at No. 34; materials engineering, tied at No. 35; economy, tied at No. 38; tax law, tied at No. 39; psychology, tied for No. 39; constitutional law, ex aequo for No. 40; overall engineering, No. 40, the college’s highest overall ranking ever; mechanical engineering, tied for No. 41; commercial law, tied with no. 45; nursing, doctor of nursing practice, tied at No. 47; chemical engineering, tied for No. 48; physical, tied for No. 48; Nursing, Masters, No. 49; IT, tied at No. 49.

Top photo by Charlie Leight/ASU News