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Physical Therapy ranked second in 'U.S. News' grad school guide


6:20 p.m., March 13, 2012--The University of Delaware's Department of Physical Therapy is ranked second in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's 2013 edition of Best Graduate Schools, released March 13. 

The ratings appear online at and will be published in a print guidebook available April 3.  

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UD graduate programs also ranked in the new guide were 

• School of Education, ranked at 30;

•  School of Public Policy Administration, ranked at 37, with specialty rankings for city management and urban policy (12), nonprofit management (25) and public management administration (26);

• Department of Psychology/clinical psychology, ranked at 47;

• College of Engineering, ranked at 56, with a specialty ranking for chemical engineering (10); and

• Department of Art, ranked at 114. 

"It's gratifying to see this newest recognition that several of our graduate programs have received, "Charles Riordan, vice provost for graduate and professional education, said. "Serving more than 3,500 graduate students, the University of Delaware has an array of excellent master's and doctoral degree programs."

The U.S. News website also includes rankings of UD graduate programs from previous years: biological sciences, 130; chemistry, 60; computer and information sciences , 72; criminology, 16; English, 71; geological sciences, 69; history, 64; mathematics, 76; nursing, 127; physics and astronomy, 77; psychology, 74; and sociology, 64. 

For this 2013 guide, U.S. News and World Report analyzed more than 1,200 graduate programs. The rankings are based on opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of faculty, research and students. 

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