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2025 Best Graduate Schools

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UD programs remain among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report

In the 2025 edition of Best Graduate Schools, U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Delaware's graduate programs among the best in the nation.

“As we continue to enhance and expand our excellent graduate programs to meet the needs of our students and society, it is gratifying to see the expertise and hard work of our faculty and staff nationally recognized,” said UD President Dennis Assanis. “We are proud of the positive impact that our graduate students are making on the world, and we look forward to even greater successes ahead empowered by their UD education.”     

UD’s consistently top-ranked physical therapy program remained in the top three nationwide. This is the first year U.S. News and World Report ranked speech-language pathology programs with UD’s inaugural ranking at #32.

“Excellent graduate preparation is central to the University of Delaware's mission as a world-class research institution," said Louis Rossi, dean of UD’s Graduate College and vice provost for graduate and professional education. "Our graduate programs are producing the thinkers, leaders and innovators who are tackling the world's greatest challenges. We are excited about these rankings, which indicate their excellence."

  • Physical Therapy, 2

  • Non-profit Management, 16 (up from 23)

  • Public Management and Leadership, 18 (up from 23)

  • Public Finance and Budgeting, 21

  • Speech-Language Pathology, 32

  • Education Schools, 34

  • Public Affairs Schools, 34

  • Computer Science, 70 (up from 77)

  • Nursing: Master's, 79 (up from 82)

  • Nursing: Doctor of Nursing Practice, 110

  • Part-Time MBA, 150

The preceding list only includes subject areas evaluated in this year's edition published to date. U.S. News and World Report has delayed the announcement of two programs that were slated to be included in the rankings: Best Engineering Schools and Programs, and Best Clinical Psychology Programs. The lists will be updated as soon as the data are available.

Other UD graduate programs have been ranked in previous years. The full listing of UD graduate programs ranked by U.S. News and World Report is available on the Institutional Research and Effectiveness Rankings webpage. Please note the programs and specialties used by U.S. News might vary slightly from the names of degree programs used by UD.

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