The U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 edition of “Best Graduate Schools” placed Florida State University’s graduate programs among the top in the United States.
U.S. News ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine, nursing and specialties in each area annually. The rankings are determined by surveying expert opinion regarding a school’s program and statistics that indicate the quality of an institution’s faculty, research and students.
Graduate programs in education, business, law and engineering went up in the rankings, as well as the biological sciences, chemistry and statistics. The 2023 rankings placed 20 of FSU’s graduate and professional programs in the top 25 for public universities.
The College of Education moved up from No. 28 overall to No. 26 overall, and up from No. 18 for public institutions to No. 17.
“Our faculty, staff and students continue to make great stories and positive contributions to their fields, ” Dean of the College of Education, Damon Andrew, said in a press release. “I’m thrilled to see this hard work reflected in these latest record-breaking rankings and look forward to continuing this upward momentum.”
The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering moved up three spots nationwide, and ranked at No. 60 for public universities.
“We are delighted by our continued rise in the graduate engineering rankings,” Farrukh Alvi, Interim Dean for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, said in a press release. “Our college is being recognized nationally for the quality of our programs, research and graduate students from both Florida A&M and Florida State Universities.”
FSU’s College of Business’ MBA specialty in real estate ranked at No. 16 overall and at No. 9 among public schools. Its part-time MBA program made a large leap from No. 46 to No. 28 among public part-time, campus-based MBA programs.
The College of Medicine rose from No. 13 nationwide to No. 11 nationwide, and to No. 7 for direct patient care programs in professional shortage areas at public medical schools. The College of Nursing rose 27 spots, ranking at No. 37 for its Doctorate in Nursing Practice programs. The program also rose from No. 6 to No. 2 in Florida.
FSU’s College of Law rose from No. 48 to No. 47 nationwide, and remained at No. 24 for public law schools.
Graduate enrollment has increased alongside the rankings. Since Fall 2017, FSU has experienced an 83% increase in graduate applicants and a 46% increase in graduate enrollment, according to a press release. In the fall of both 2020 and 2021, FSU received over 14,000 applications for its graduate programs. So far, applications for the fall 2022 term are up by 21% in comparison to fall 2021.
“The record-breaking trajectory of applications and enrollments illuminates how students are looking at our programs and liking what they see,” Mark Riley, Dean of the Graduate School, said in a press release. He continued to explain that the rankings show prospective students that FSU values student success. “These stellar rankings reflect FSU’s sustained collective coherence on quality moving us forward to an even brighter tomorrow.”
Jim Clark, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at FSU also provided comment on the new rankings and increase in graduate enrollment.
“These rankings affirm FSU’s commitment to providing students with a high-quality graduate education,” he said. “As more students are turning to Florida State University for a graduate education, we’re pleased that U.S. News recognizes the value of the programs we offer.”
To learn more about the rankings, visit usnews.com.