Several UB graduate and professional degree programs, including
its environmental engineering program, again were recognized as
among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report in
its annual ranking of “America’s Best Graduate
Schools,” released March 13, 2012.
“We’re always pleased when our excellent academic
programs are recognized for their quality and impact,” said
Bruce D. McCombe, interim provost and executive vice president for
academic affairs. “U.S. News & World Report is a very
visible, albeit imperfect, ranking of graduate programs and
UB graduate programs in business, English, engineering, fine
arts, law, medicine, audiology, clinical psychology, occupational
therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, social work and speech
pathology earned rankings.
The Department of English was ranked No. 9 in the country for
its graduate program in literary criticism and theory. The
master’s degree program in audiology garnered a No. 17
ranking and the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program in the School
of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences also earned a No. 17
ranking. The master of fine arts program (MFA) was ranked No. 72
among 500 MFA programs in the U.S.
Among UB professional schools, the UB Law School again was cited
as a top-tier school, moving up two spots to No. 82 among
accredited law schools in the U.S. “As demonstrated by this
year’s rankings, the law school is making steady
progress,” said Makau Mutua, dean of the school. “This
progress is consistent with the high-quality education we provide
Nancy Smyth, dean of the School of Social Work, said she was
very pleased the school moved up 10 places to No. 26 in the U.S.
News ranking. “We’ve focused on providing students with
opportunities to study in an innovative educational setting, gain
valuable experiences in the community and perform research
alongside faculty who are leaders in their fields,” she
The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences was ranked No. 57
among the best medical schools in the production of research.
Nearly 150 medical schools were considered for the ranking.
The School of Public Health and Health Professions was ranked
No. 36 among all schools of public health, and its occupational
therapy and physical therapy programs were ranked No. 36 and No.
The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences continues to be
ranked in the U.S. News top tier, earning a No. 54 ranking among
198 schools of engineering that grant doctoral degrees. UB’s
engineering school also distinguished itself in the U.S. News
rankings of engineering disciplines: No. 34 in aerospace
engineering, No. 47 in chemical engineering, No. 24 in civil
engineering, No. 72 in electrical engineering, No. 48 in
environmental engineering, No. 27 in industrial engineering and No.
62 in mechanical engineering.
The School of Nursing was ranked No. 79 in the U.S. among 467
accredited graduate schools of nursing and also earned a No. 17
ranking for its nursing anesthesia program among 113 accredited
programs. Nursing dean Marsha Lewis noted that with the ranking,
UB’s graduate nursing program remains in the top 25 percent
of schools of nursing nationally and is the No. 4 program in New
York State, as well as the top-ranked graduate nursing school
within the SUNY system.
The full-time MBA program in the School of Management was ranked
No. 89 among programs at 441 accredited business schools considered
by U.S. News. The school’s part-time MBA program was ranked
No. 98 by the magazine. The U.S. News ranking is the School of
Management’s fourth national ranking since
September—the school has been ranked as one of the
nation’s best business schools by Bloomberg Businessweek, the
Financial Times, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.