April 9, 2024

Wayne State graduate programs earn top national rankings

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graphicWayne State University continues to be recognized as a national leader in graduate education — more than 50 of its programs are on the U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Graduate Schools lists.  

Professional programs in law and the health sciences ranked particularly high among similar programs at peer institutions, including: 

  • the Law School’s full- and part-time law programs (No. 55 and No. 20) 

  • the College of Nursing’s master’s (No. 38) and doctor of nursing practice (No. 49) 

  • the School of Social Work’s master of social work program (No. 36) 

  •  the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ pharmacy program (No. 38) and nurse anesthesia program (No. 51).  

Other highly ranked programs included public affairs, speech language pathology, public health, occupational therapy, physical therapy, part-time master of business administration and education.  

“Being recognized so highly through the U.S. News & World Report rankings is further validation of Wayne State’s top-tier faculty and our academic excellence,” said President Dr. Kimberly Andrews Espy. “These rankings demonstrate our commitment to advancing the frontiers of knowledge and preparing a diverse student body to thrive. Congratulations to our faculty, students and staff.”  

Wayne State is one of more than 1,000 institutions with graduate programs surveyed by U.S. News & World Report each year. The ranking methodology varies by program; factors considered in the ranking process can include peer assessment surveys, post-graduate earnings, selectivity and reputation. 

“These top rankings reflect our faculty’s commitment to providing a world class education especially as Michigan’s only urban institution with a Carnegie R1 classification,” said Laurie Lauzon Clabo, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “We are honored to have our programs recognized, as it not only reflects the quality of our graduate curriculum, programs and unique specialty areas, but also the expertise of our faculty and staff who dedicate themselves to student success.” 

On the undergraduate level, Wayne State is ranked No. 109 in top public schools in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Colleges report.  

Learn more about graduate education at Wayne State


By Katheryn Kutil

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