Loyola Marymount University’s School of Education continues to climb in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the nation’s best graduate programs, and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and the College of Business Administration again earned spots near the top of the newly released lists.
LMU SOE, which was eligible for consideration in the graduate program rankings only 10 years ago, jumped four spots from last year and is now tied at No. 58 in the nation. The school has moved up steadily since 2008 – when it placed 117th on the list – and today is the second-highest ranked Jesuit school of education in the country (behind Boston College), and is ranked third among private, independent schools in California.
“Within the past decade, LMU SOE has risen substantially in these rankings, breaking into the top 100 and now the top 60 best graduate education programs,” said Dean Shane P. Martin, Ph.D. “We are in the top 15 percent of the 385 graduate education programs surveyed for this year’s rankings and within the top 5 percent of the 1,500 schools, colleges and departments of education nationwide. This speaks to the quality and impact of our programs, and the dedication and hard work of our faculty, staff and students.”
The College of Business Administration improved or held its rank from last year in various specialty areas. The college placed 11th for graduate entrepreneurship, up from 12th last year, secured the No. 12 spot for marketing, moving up from No. 15, and tied at No. 24 in management. LMU’s graduate accounting program is again ranked 16th, and the Executive MBA program is tied at No. 14, up from No. 22 last year. LMU’s part-time MBA program is tied at No. 51, up from No. 60.
“We are pleased once again to see the LMU College of Business Administration represented among the nation’s best graduate business programs,” said Dean Dennis Draper. “It validates what we already know – that our college is a leader in developing business professionals who can make an immediate impact.”
At the downtown campus, Loyola Law School held onto its high rank in the category of best law schools, coming in at No. 65 nationwide. Part-time law jumped two spots, to No. 7, and the school was recognized once again for its top-10 tax and trial advocacy programs. The school is ranked 32nd for the intellectual property specialty.