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U.S. News Ranks St. Thomas Graduate Programs

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St. Thomas graduate and professional programs in business, education, law and social work are recognized in the annual Best Graduate School rankings published Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

In the Top MBA Programs category, the Opus College of Business ranks No. 104 among 464 schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Opus ranked No. 100 a year ago.

U.S. News also ranked Opus No. 113 out of 289 AACSB schools in the Best Part-Time MBA Programs category. Opus was No. 110 last year.

The School of Law ranks No. 135 among 198 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association, compared to No. 129 a year ago.

The law school made the specialty rankings for clinical training for the first time, at No. 27. “This reflects the wonderful and pioneering work done by (professor) Virgil Wiebe, our Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services, and the many full-time and adjunct faculty who are providing clinical experiences to our students,” Dean Rob Vischer said.

The School of Education, which is part of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, is No. 194 among 357 schools that grant doctoral degrees.

U.S. News continues to rank the School of Social Work, a joint program sponsored by St. Thomas and St. Catherine University, No. 52 among 206 graduate programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. U.S. News does not conduct a new social work survey every year; the last survey was in 2012.

The School of Engineering is not included in the U.S. News graduate rankings because it does not offer doctoral programs. Last fall, U.S. News ranked St. Thomas No. 34 out of 202 schools that have bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and are recognized by ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology).