Grad programs shine in latest rankings

March 12, 2013  

The University of South Carolina has seven graduate programs ranked among the nation's best in the latest U.S. News & World and Report’s list of top graduate schools released Tuesday (March 12). Those include programs in business, library science, public health, criminology and psychology.

USC's International Master of Business Administration (IMBA), offered through the Darla Moore School of Business, ranked No. 3 in the nation for the second year in a row and among the top 3 for 24 consecutive years.

Also from the Moore School, the Professional Master of Business Administration program (PMBA) broke into the top 20 among part-time master’s of business administration programs, now ranking 19th compared to 25th last year.

“Our newly revised IMBA curriculum and strong global network of corporate and academic partners enable us to excel in the international arena,” said Moore School Dean Hildy Teegen.  “Through significant investments in new delivery and collaboration technologies, our PMBA program is reaching new heights in connecting our professional students with thought leaders and practitioners in new and exciting ways. 

USC’s School of Library and Information Sciences master’s degree offerings also were standouts in the report, ranking No. 5 for school library media and No. 11 for services for children and youth.

Also earning top spots were social psychology (4) and criminology (25) in the College of Arts and Sciences, and public health at the Arnold School (23).

"I am proud to have two major social science programs recognized as top programs in the country," said Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "We have recruited excellent senior leadership for these programs and are adding new innovative research and teaching expertise every year."

USC also has some of the top doctoral programs in the South and in the nation, according to the latest National Research Council report. Those include programs in biological sciences, chemistry, chemical engineering, comparative literature, electrical engineering, English, geography, history, mechanical engineering, pharmacy and public health.