US News ranks the School of Earth and Space Exploration #12 for graduate programs in earth sciences – Advice Eating

March 29, 2022

The Homeland Security master’s degree at Watts College ranks first in the country

Arizona State University has 13 graduate programs that rank in the top 10 nationally — including one that ranks No. 1, according to a new ranking just released by US News & World Report.

ASU’s Master of Homeland Security program was ranked #1 nationally, tied with the Naval Postgraduate School and ranked higher than programs at Harvard and Columbia Universities. Last year, the Homeland Security major at Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions placed third.

Of the top 13 majors, seven are in Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. The list was released March 29 after the magazine ranked more than 2,150 majors for 2023. (Note that some majors are only evaluated every three or four years, so not every area is included in the latest rankings.)

Cynthia Lietz, dean of Watts College, said the college is home to some of the highest ranked programs in the country.

“It’s wonderful to see that our focus on emergency response and homeland security is recognized as one of the best in the country,” said Lietz.

US News & World Report provides several university rankings throughout the year, and this past fall, ASU was ranked as the most innovative university in the country for the seventh year in a row.

In addition to homeland security, the other 12 graduate programs at ASU that ranked in the top 10 are, with last year’s ranking in parentheses:

  • MBA in Project Management, in WP Carey School of Business: No. 2(5), ahead of Boston University and Georgetown University.
  • Geochemistry, in the School of Earth and Space Exploration in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: No. 3, tied with Penn State and the University of California at Berkeley and ahead of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. This discipline was not rated last year.
  • MBA in Supply Chain Management from WP Carey School of Business: #3(3), ahead of Penn State and Ohio State.
  • Information and Technology Management at Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions School of Public Affairs: #4(3) out of five programs evaluated.
  • Local government at the School of Public Affairs at Watts College: No. 4 (3), tied with the University of Georgia and ahead of Syracuse and the University of Southern California.
  • Legal writing at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law: No. 4(3), tied with Suffolk University and ahead of Georgetown and Wake Forest.
  • Nonprofit Management at the School of Community Resources and Development at Watts College: #4(5), ahead of American University and the State of Ohio.
  • Public Management and Leadership, in the School of Public Affairs at Watts College: No. 4 (16), tied with American University and ahead of Harvard and Georgetown.
  • Geology, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences School of Earth and Space Studies: No. 5, tied with the University of California at Santa Barbara and ahead of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford. This discipline was not rated last year.
  • Environmental Sciences, in the School of Earth and Space Exploration in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: No. 5, before the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Duke. This discipline was not rated last year.
  • Environmental Policy, in the School of Public Affairs at Watts College: No. 8(5), ahead of Columbia, Harvard and Princeton.
  • City Politics, in the School of Public Affairs at Watts College: No. 6 (5), before Harvard, Cornell and Columbia.

“Our growing national reputation for graduate education is due to the scholarship and research of our distinguished faculty and the rich academic experience they provide to our graduate students,” said Nancy Gonzales, Executive Vice President and University Provost.

“We are also proud that the graduate programs featured in this year’s US News & World Report span a variety of academic disciplines, all dedicated to educating future professionals and leaders poised to make a positive impact on their careers.”

A total of 39 ASU programs were ranked in the top 20 nationwide.

Eleven are in the WP Carey School of Business. Besides the top 10 programs in Supply Chain Management and Project Management, the others are: MBA in Information Systems, No. 11(7); Executive MBA, place 13 (18); MBA in Business Analytics, ranked 13th (10); MBA in Accounting bound for No. 14 (12); MBA in Manufacturing and Operations, bound for No. 16 (11); MBA in Management, ranked 16th (16); Part-time MBA, #18 (22); MBA in International Business, place 20 (20); and MBA in Marketing, tied for No. 20 (20).

The School of Public Affairs has 10 top 20 programs, including the 12th (13th) overall program ranking, affiliated with seven universities including Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown and Princeton and ahead of Ohio State, Duke and Columbia. Aside from the seven in the top 10 listed above, the others are public finance, which ranks 12th (16th), and public policy analysis, which ranks 19th (20th).

Seven are at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, including the program’s overall rankings at 12th, tied with the University of Washington and ahead of Johns Hopkins and the University of Texas. The overall program took 11th place last year. The others are: syllabus and instruction, bound by No. 11(14); Elementary Education, No. 12 (7); Special Education, No. 12(11); Education Administration, tied for 15th (14th); educational psychology, bound for No. 17 (25); and Secondary Teacher Education, No. 17 (12).

In addition to the No. 4 Legal Writing program, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’s other top 20 programs are: Health Law, tied for No. 13 (16); Dispute Resolution, bound by No. 13 (14); and environmental law, tied for 17th (20th).

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering had two top 20 programs: Environmental Engineering at #16 (20) and Industrial Engineering at #18 (18).

And alongside the top 10 programs in geochemistry, geology, and environmental science, the School of Earth and Space Exploration’s overall earth science graduate programs ranked 12th, tied with Harvard, Brown, Princeton, and the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of California at San Diego and the University of Wisconsin at Madison and before Yale and Cornell. And the Geophysics course is tied in 17th place.

ASU had 33 graduate programs in the top 20 last year.

“Graduate education is critical to ASU’s success and commitment to advancing research and discovering public value. We are therefore pleased that our efforts to build outstanding graduate programs for our students are being recognized in the national rankings,” said Elizabeth Wentz, vice provost and dean of Graduate College at ASU. “The current rankings are a testament to our outstanding faculty, students, staff and alumni.”

US News & World Report’s rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions on program excellence and statistical indicators about the schools’ faculty, research and students.

Individual ASU graduate programs that ranked in the top 50 of the magazine’s rankings include: Social Policy, tied for No. 22; Entrepreneurship, tied for No. 23; Education Policy, No. 25; Aerospace Engineering, bound for No. 27; Computer Engineering, bound for No. 27; social work, tied for no. 28; Criminal Law, joined for No. 28; Full-time MBA, tied for #29; Civil Engineering, bound for No. 30; full-time right, bound for No. 30; international law bound by No. 32; electrical engineering, tied for 34th place; Materials Engineering, bound for No. 35; Economics, tied for No. 38; Tax Law, bound for No. 39; Psychology, connected for no. 39; Constitutional Law, bound for No. 40; Overall technique, No. 40, the college’s highest overall; mechanical engineering, divided for No. 41; Commercial Law, bound by No. 45; Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, bound for No. 47; Chemical Engineering, bound for No. 48; Physics, bound for No. 48; Nursing, master, no. 49; Informatics, tied in 49th place.

Top photo by Charlie Leight/ASU News

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