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Virginia Tech Programs Earn High Marks
April 3, 2008

Graduate programs in three of Virginia Tech’s colleges have been ranked nationally among the tops in their fields in the “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2009” survey released today by U.S. News & World Report.

The industrial engineering graduate program in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is ranked seventh this year among peer programs nationally. Both the civil engineering and environmental engineering programs in the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are ranked 10th. All three of these Virginia Tech specialties typically score among the top 10 in their respective fields.

The College of Engineering’s overall graduate program moved up a few notches in the new survey, from 33rd last year to 28th among all schools of engineering, and from 18th to 17th among engineering colleges at public institutions.

The Career and Technical Education graduate program in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences’ School of Education ranked fifth among vocational and technical specialties in this year’s survey, moving up a position from last year. The program has placed among the top five a number of times and has been a top-10 selection for the past 14 years.

The program currently has 100 master’s students and 25 doctoral students in fields such as business and marketing education, family and consumer sciences education, agricultural education, and health occupations education.

The public affairs program in the School of Public and International Affairs, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, has been ranked 27th in the nation. In 2004, the same program was ranked 26th.

U.S. News & World Report’s graduate rankings of colleges, published annually since 1987, are based on several categories of data gathered from the surveyed schools, plus peer assessments by deans, senior faculty, and other professionals in their respective fields. Rankings of the specialty programs are based solely on peer assessments. The annual survey is intended to provide prospective students with information about the nation’s top graduate schools and programs of study.

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