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March 30, 2021

Penn's graduate education program named best in the nation by U.S. News

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U.S. News Best Graduate Schools Thom Carroll/for PhillyVoice

U.S. News & World Report rated the University of Pennsylvania's graduate programs favorably on its "2022 Best Graduate Schools" rankings.

The University of Pennsylvania ranked highly in U.S. News & World Report's annual evaluation of the top graduate programs in the United States. 

The "2022 Best Graduate Schools" list, released Tuesday, emphasized six fields that attract a significant number of students — business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing. 

Penn's schools ranked among the top 18 of all six categories. No other Philadelphia-area graduate school made the top 20. 

Penn's School of Education received an upgrade to the No. 1 spot — tied with Harvard University's education school. The Wharton School ranked No. 2 for its MBA program and the School of Nursing ranked No. 3. 

Penn's Carey Law School and Perelman School of Medicine also cracked the top 10 in their categories at Nos. 6 and 9, respectively. Penn's engineering school ranked No. 18.

U.S. News & World Report also evaluated various other fields and specialities, with many local programs faring well. Among them: Temple University's clinical psychology program ranked 10th and Drexel University's graduate library program ranked 14th. 

U.S. News said the rankings are aimed at helping "students interested in furthering their education beyond college."

The 2022 lists added new debt indicators to help prospective students determine the average debt incurred by students at particular schools. That's a major factor in selecting a graduate program, said Anita Narayan, the managing editor of Education at U.S. News. 

"Trying to decide where to go to grad school can be overwhelming under normal circumstances, let alone during a pandemic," Narayan said. "The Best Graduate Schools rankings provide helpful data to make that search more manageable for prospective students."

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