Nursing School in Nation’s Top 25 in Graduate School Rankings

Graduates sit on stage at the 2023 commencement for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
Graduates sit at the 2023 commencement of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, ranked in the top 25 in the nation for its master's degrees in nursing for the fourth consecutive year in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Programs. (Wayne Tilcock/UC Davis)

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing tied for 24th place in the nation for master’s degree nursing programs in U.S. News & World Report’s most recent rankings of professional and graduate programs. 

The news outlet released updated rankings Monday, April 8, for four disciplines and 11 specialties in its 2024 edition of the Best Graduate Schools.

It is the fourth consecutive year that the UC Davis nursing school has been ranked in the top 25 in the nation for its master’s degree nursing programs.

On Monday before its scheduled publication of the rankings, U.S. News announced it would be delaying publication of its rankings for medical and engineering schools, as well as for clinical psychology programs.

After sharing its rankings with schools for their confidential review last week U.S. News said it was reviewing questions from some graduate schools concerning  the extent to which data from affiliated institutions were considered and which accrediting body was used as a source of reference for the clinical psychology programs.

Last year, an unprecedented number of inquiries from schools led the media company to first delay all rankings by a week and further delay release of medical and law school rankings.

Also among this year’s rankings, the School of Education tied for 42nd among the 255 schools that qualified.

The Graduate School of Management’s Full-Time MBA continues to be ranked among the top programs in the nation with a tie for 57th. U.S. News surveyed more than 500 institutions with master’s-level business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The UC Davis Part-Time MBA, offered in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, was tied for 28th among the 269 that qualified.

Among specialties considered this year, public health was tied for 29th  among 213 ranked, and computer science was tied for 36th among 205 programs ranked.

About U.S News rankings

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