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U.S. News & World Report: 11 UNLV Graduate Programs Ranked Among Nation's Top 100

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University’s top ranked graduate/specialty programs include Boyd Law School’s legal writing program at No. 3, dispute resolution at No. 9.
Campus News  |  Mar 11, 2014  |  By Megan Downs
Media Contact: Megan Downs (702) 895-0898
UNLV's Boyd School of Law received high rankings for its legal writing programs and its Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution in the latest U.S. News & World Report annual Best Graduate Schools rankings. (Aaron Mayes / UNLV Photo Services)

Eleven UNLV graduate or graduate specialty programs were ranked among the nation's top 100 by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best Graduate Schools rankings released today.

Each year, U.S. News analyzes more than 1,300 graduate and specialty programs in a wide range of disciplines. Programs are ranked by discipline or specialty and evaluated on standardized test scores of newly enrolled students, opinions from experts on each program's quality, acceptance rates and other criteria specific to each degree field.

In the law school specialty rankings, Boyd Law School's Lawyering Process Program ranked third for its legal writing programs. The Lawyering Process Program emphasizes professionalism and prepares students to enter the workforce proficient in the key language skills of legal practice. Boyd also ranked ninth in dispute resolution for its Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution, which includes advance study of the nature of conflict and the methods to resolve it.

Among part-time law programs, Boyd ranked 20 out of 83 accredited law schools, with an overall ranking of 83 out of 194 accredited law schools. Boyd also ranked 48th for law school diversity.

The School of Nursing online graduate program ranked 10th in a report originally released online in January and included in the 2015 guidebook. The school offers two master's tracks--family nurse practitioner and nurse educator--to prepare advanced clinicians and educators to serve the health needs of the community and educate future nursing care providers.

Other UNLV graduate programs ranked in the top 100:

  • No. 88 in Earth Sciences

  • No. 93 in Fine Arts

  • No. 94 in Sociology

  • No. 94 in the part-time MBA program

  • No. 99 in Civil Engineering

  • No. 99 in Nursing

UNLV graduate programs also ranked include: English No. 113; Physical Therapy No. 121; Clinical Psychology No. 114; Public Affairs No. 121; Social Work No. 130; Psychology No. 141; Education No. 147; and Biological Sciences No. 188. Learn more about the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings.

Learn more about UNLV graduate programs.