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UTA graduate programs ranked among nation’s best

U.S. News & World Report has ranked more than 20 graduate programs at UTA among the nation’s best in the magazine’s 2017 edition of “Best Graduate Schools,” released this month.
U.S. News & World Report has ranked more than 20 graduate programs at UTA among the nation’s best in the magazine’s 2017 edition of “Best Graduate Schools,” released this month. University of Texas at Arlington

Step by step, the University of Texas at Arlington continues to enhance its national reputation. The latest example: having more than 20 graduate-level programs ranked among the nation’s best this year by U.S. News & World Report.

UTA has top-100 graduate programs in seven colleges and schools, including engineering, nursing, science, architecture, planning and public affairs, and social work, according to a news release Wednesday. Three programs are ranked in the top 50: online graduate education in the College of Education (No. 30); the graduate program in the School of Social Work (No. 38, up six slots since the last survey in 2012); and the graduate program in aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering in the College of Engineering (No. 39, up four slots since last year).

“Texas is leading the way in research and innovation, and UTA’s recent rankings are further proof that the Lone Star State is becoming a hub for the greatest minds in higher education,” Gov. Greg Abbott, who attended UTA before earning his undergraduate degree from UT Austin, said in a statement.

The U.S. News graduate rankings are among the most prestigious and widely cited ratings in higher education, according to UTA, and can help lure top-notch faculty members to a university. Other area universities also landed programs on the list.

“Talented faculty see a concentration of expertise and exciting research activity at a university and want to be a part of the synergy,” interim Provost Linda Johnsrud said in a statement. “The rankings also send a critical message to lawmakers, employers, potential donors and even the media — that our university values and produces excellence in its scholarship and in its graduates while still being at a reasonable cost.”

Patrick M. Walker: 817-390-7423, @patrickmwalker1

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