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Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management jumps five spots in ‘U.S. News’ rankings

Mar. 16, 2016, 12:01 AM

The Owen Graduate School of Management (Vanderbilt University)
Owen Graduate School of Management (Vanderbilt University)

Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management jumped five spots to No. 22 to score its highest ranking yet on a list of top graduate business schools in the nation compiled by U.S. News & World Report.

“Anytime I see the hard work of our students, faculty and staff acknowledged, I can’t help but be pleased,” Owen Dean M. Eric Johnson said. “Like most deans, I have mixed feelings about rankings. No ranking reflects the true value of the Vanderbilt MBA experience and our unique personal approach to business education. I am proud of what we are accomplishing at the Owen School and look forward to future success as we refine our strategy.”

Johnson noted that Owen’s rise in the rankings is largely due to a significant increase in starting salaries for the graduating Class of 2015 and improvement in student quality.

Owen shares the 22nd spot with Georgetown and Indiana. Harvard was No. 1.

Overall, Vanderbilt had top 20 rankings in several areas in the U.S. News annual graduate school rankings announced March 16. Vanderbilt University School of Nursing scored well, with a No. 1 ranking for its nurse midwifery program, tied with UC-San Francisco and the University of Michigan. In a new category, doctor of nursing practice, the nursing school was tied for 10th with the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. The University of Washington was No. 1.

The nursing school’s masters program tied for 13th, down from 11th last year. A half-dozen other nursing specialties ranked in the top 10.

  • Informatics, 4th
  • Nurse Practitioner – adult/gerontology, acute care, 3rd
  • Nurse Practitioner – psychiatric and mental health care, 3rd
  • Nurse Practitioner – pediatric primary care, 4th
  • Nurse Practitioner – family care, 5th
  • Nurse Practitioner – adult/gerontology, primary care, 6th

Vanderbilt also claimed the top spot in two health discipline categories, which are not ranked every year. Audiology held on to its No. 1 ranking from 2008 and 2012. Speech-language pathology rose to the top position from its No. 3 ranking in 2012. Clinical psychology is ranked 16th; in 2012 it was 14th.

Peabody College of education and human development stayed in the top 5 for graduate schools of education, ranking fifth overall this year. Stanford was the top-ranked school, with Harvard and Johns Hopkins tied for second. Peabody was third last year.

Peabody received top 10 rankings in:

  • Administration and supervision, 1st
  • Special education, 2nd
  • Education policy, 4th
  • Elementary education, 5th
  • Curriculum and instruction, 6th
  • Higher education administration, 8th
  • Educational psychology, 8th
  • Secondary education, 9th

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is ranked 15th among research schools of medicine after being 14th last year. Harvard University retained its No. 1 ranking. In the specialties, Vanderbilt’s internal medicine program ranked 10th. Vanderbilt Law School rose one spot to No. 16. The top-ranked law school is Yale. Vanderbilt School of Engineering is 36th after last year’s No. 35 ranking. MIT remains at No.1.

Full rankings are available at the U.S. News Graduate School Compass website.

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