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U.S. News ranks 7 graduate programs

South Dakota State University had seven graduate programs ranked following a survey of online programs by U.S. News & World Report. The 2023 U.S. News Best Graduate Schools rankings are designed to help prospective students research more than 2,000 graduate programs.

For the first time in years, U.S. News published fresh academic reputation rankings for graduate programs in social work; doctoral program rankings in the social sciences and humanities fields of economics and psychology; and doctoral program rankings in the science fields of math, statistics, biological sciences, computer science, chemistry and earth sciences. U.S. News has also included its first-ever ranking of doctoral programs in biostatistics because opportunity in this field is expected to grow in the coming years.

SDSU was ranked:

  • #59 in Pharmacy (tie)
  • #80 in Rehabilitation Counseling (tie)
  • #96 in Statistics (tie)
  • #117 in Sociology
  • #179 in Mathematics (tie)
  • #194 in Chemistry (tie)
  • #286 in Biological Sciences (tie)

Previously announced by U.S. News, SDSU had the following rankings:

  • #147 in Top Public Schools (tie)
  • #288 in National Universities (tie)
  • #369 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (tie)
  • #41 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (tie)
  • #44 in Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs (tie)
  • #96 in Nursing (tie)
  • #183 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (tie) at schools whose highest degree is a doctorate
  • #242-321 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs
  • #246 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (tie)

The data for the rankings in the disciplines came from statistical surveys of more than 2,150 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 23,200 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2021 and early 2022. 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). To assess academic reputation in business, education, engineering, law, nursing and medicine, U.S. News also surveyed professionals who hire or work with new graduates. In summer 2021, the schools supplied U.S. News with the names of those to be surveyed for peer assessment in fall 2021 and early 2022.