Graduate programs rated among nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report

ECU's graduate programs have been nationally recognized.

ECU’s graduate programs have been nationally recognized. (Photo by Rhett Butler)

East Carolina University’s graduate programs in education, medicine, nursing, public administration, physician assistant studies, rehabilitation counseling and social work are rated among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report.

The new 2020 Best Graduate Schools were announced March 12.

ECU’s Brody School of Medicine was ranked 31st in primary care, up one spot from last year. Brody also ranked 13th in both family medicine and OB-GYN.

The College of Allied Health Sciences’ rehabilitation counseling program ranked 15th. The college’s physician assistant studies program ranked 64th.

Nursing ranked 83rd for its master’s degree program, and 67th for its doctor of nursing practice program. Both moved up in the rankings since last year.

Education was ranked 163rd. ECU’s master of public administration, listed under public affairs in the annual guide, ranked 165th. Social work ranked 137th, up from the previous year.

The ranking methodology varies by discipline but considers a variety of factors including peer assessment, acceptance rates, standardized test scores and grade point averages of incoming students, as well as faculty resources and funded research.

Also included in the listings are ECU graduate programs that were published in previous years but are not new rankings:

Audiology, 53rd; biology, 175th; clinical psychology, 143rd; fine arts, 104th; library science, 43rd; nursing-anesthesia, 29th; nursing-midwifery, 15th; occupational therapy, 88th; physical therapy, 46th; and speech-language pathology, 92nd.

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