Baylor Graduate, Professional Programs Across Disciplines Ranked by U.S. News

Rankings highlighted by top programs in entrepreneurship, physical therapy, nursing, healthcare management and trial advocacy

April 9, 2024
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WACO, Texas (April 9, 2024) – Highlighted by Top 20 graduate programs across disciplines ranging from physical therapy and nursing to entrepreneurship and trial advocacy, Baylor University graduate and professional programs were among those nationally ranked in the 2024 Best Graduate Schools rankings, released today by U.S. News& World Report.

NOTE: U.S. News has announced a delay in publication of rankings for Best Engineering Schools and Best Clinical Psychology programs after receiving questions about the bibliometric data used for Best Engineering Schools and which accrediting body was used as a reference for Best Clinical Psychology programs.

Hankamer School of Business

Among U.S. News Best Business Schools, the full-time MBA program in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business moved up to No. 57 overall, highlighted by the graduate program in entrepreneurship, which is ranked No. 16 nationally.

In addition, U.S. News highlighted a pair of business graduate programs among the nation’s Top 20 in healthcare administration:

Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences

In the U.S. News Best Public Health Schools rankings, two U.S. Army-Baylor programs in the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences moved up:

Robbins College also offers an innovative hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy for civilians as well as an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program, and a civilian Doctor of Occupational Therapy, which is ranked No. 53 by U.S. News. This program offers two doctoral tracks using innovative, learner-focused, elevated instructional technology – the Entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program and the Post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program.

U.S. News ranked Baylor’s public health graduate program No. 78 for both its Master of Public Health (residential and online) and a Ph.D. in Public Health with focuses in either epidemiology or social and behavioral health science.

In addition, U.S. News ranked Baylor’s speech-language pathology graduate program that offers both a master’s degree (residential and online) and Ph.D. in communications sciences and disorders at No. 78.

Louise Herrington School of Nursing

In the U.S. News Best Nursing Schools rankings, the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas was ranked No. 66 in the nation.

In specialty rankings, two Baylor LHSON graduate nursing programs are noted by U.S. News:

Baylor nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program offers eight tracks, including Family Nurse PractitionerNurse-MidwiferyNeonatal Nurse PractitionerPediatric Nurse PractitionerAdult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse PractitionerExecutive Nurse Leadership, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and U.S. Army Anesthesia Nursing.

Baylor Law School

Among the U.S. News Best Law Schools, Baylor Law moved up to No. 46. In the law specialty rankings, Baylor again is one of the top law schools in the country for trial advocacy, with the program ranked No. 3 nationally.

Baylor Law’s trial advocacy program puts litigation students to the test in actual courtrooms, with real cases, before sitting judges — through Baylor Law’s Trial Advocacy Clinic. Open to third-year students, the clinic connects volunteers to clients through two programs: Juvenile Court and Municipal Court.

Baylor School of Education

The Baylor School of Education’s graduate programs moved up to No. 122 in the U.S. News Best Education Schools rankings. The School of Education offers:

Diana R. Garland School of Social Work

In the U.S. News Best Schools for Social Work rankings, the social work graduate program in Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work is ranked No. 51 in the nation.

The GSSW offers the Master of Social Work with residential and online options and the Ph.D. in social work, which is designed to develop leaders and educators who can lead visionary social work education or service programs and conduct original research addressing today’s complex social issues. It also provides a distinctive focus on the integration of religion and faith with the ethics, values and practices of the social work profession.

U.S. News Best Graduate School methodology

U.S. News first published a reputation-only graduate school ranking in 1987. The annual “America’s Best Graduate Schools” report began in 1990.

The annual rankings evaluate professional school programs in business, education, law and nursing, among other fields, plus specialties in each area. The Best Graduate Schools rankings in these areas are based on two types of data: expert opinion about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students and their post-graduate outcomes.

U.S. News' annual rankings of graduate programs in public affairs, public health schools and programs, and computer science are calculated from qualitative ratings on academic quality submitted by top officials at these schools. Periodically, U.S. News ranks programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities, health and many other fields.

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