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U.S. News & World Report ranks 5 SDSU graduate programs

US News graduate programs 2020

Five South Dakota State University graduate programs were ranked among the nation’s best following a survey of more than 2,000 programs by U.S. News & World Report.

The ranked programs included:

  • Best Pharmacy Schools;
  • Best Graduate Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice;
  • Best Nursing Schools: Master’s;
  • Best Rehabilitation Counseling Programs; and
  • Best Biological Sciences Programs.

U.S. News ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing, including specialties in each area. The Best Graduate Schools rankings in these areas are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students. U.S. News made a number of key updates to the methodologies this year.

The data for the rankings in all six disciplines comes from statistical surveys of more than 2,081 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 24,603 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2019 and early 2020. Beyond the six major disciplines ranked annually, U.S. News also periodically ranks programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities, health, and many other areas based solely on academic experts' ratings.

Rankings of doctoral programs in the social sciences and humanities and the sciences, master's degree programs in library and information studies, and graduate programs in certain health-related fields will remain available on These rankings are based solely on previously administered academic reputation surveys that were published in earlier years and are labeled with the year the rankings were originally published.

To gather the peer assessment data, U.S. News asked deans, program directors and senior faculty to judge the academic quality of programs in their field on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). In business, education, engineering, law and medicine, U.S. News also surveyed professionals who hire new graduates. The schools supplied the names of the surveyed professionals.