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University of Denver Graduate Programs Rank Among the Top in the Nation

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Nika Anschuetz





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Several DU graduate programs placed in the top 100 in U.S. News and World Report's 2024-2025 rankings.

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The University of Denver’s numerous graduate programs have once again been recognized among the nation’s top 100.   

The Sturm College of Law  received two top 10 rankings, including a No. 5 ranking for clinical training, its highest ranking ever. The trial advocacy program ranks No. 8.  

Several specialty areas experienced single and double-digit gains including business and corporate law, health care law, constitutional law and contracts and commercial law. The college also received high marks for its part-time law program, ranked No. 14. The full-time law program is ranked No. 89. 

The Graduate School of Social Work is ranked at No. 12, making it one of the top social work programs in the country, a category that includes both master’s and doctoral programs.  

“It’s gratifying to know that our work to center equity and advance justice, our emphasis on action, our commitment to community, and our responsive education are recognized by our peers nationwide,” Interim Dean and Associate Professor Lisa Reyes Mason says. “This achievement is in large part due to our exceptional staff and faculty. Their passion, creativity, and commitment to social work education are an inspiration.” 

The Daniels College of Business' full-time MBA program is once again in the top 100, ranked at No. 87. The part-time program climbed eight spots, coming in at No. 101. According to the most recently available data, 94% of employed graduates from the part-time program received a salary increase within four months of graduation. The average salary increase was 52%.

Lowell Valencia-Miller, assistant dean of MBA programs, says those numbers are a testament to a unique, challenge-based approach to curriculum that directly translates to each graduate's resume.

"At Daniels, you learn by doing," Valencia-Miller says. "During their program, students serve as consultants to real organizations with genuine business problems. Plus, our immersive international and leadership experiences create a tight-knit cohort—which becomes a business network after graduation."

The Morgridge College of Education is also in the top 100 with a ranking of No. 99. According to U.S. News, funded research per faculty members increased from $151,600 to $236,000, an increase of 56%. The peer assessment score for education increased from 2.9 to 3.4.  

U.S. News & World Report rankings for graduate programs are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators measuring the quality of a school’s faculty, research, students and post-graduate outcomes. Rankings data comes from statistical surveys of 2,225 programs and from reputation surveys sent to nearly 17,000 academics and professionals conducted in fall 2023 and early 2024.  

To view the complete 2024–2025 Best Graduate School Rankings, please click here.