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IUPUI Graduate Programs Rank Among Top Programs in Nation

Valerie Eickmeier, Dean of Herron School of Art and Design
Valerie Eickmeier, Dean of Herron School of Art and Design View print-quality image

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis graduate programs in business, fine arts, law and medicine are again among the top programs in the nation, according to the new rankings published in the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools, released March 13, 2012.

The IU Kelley School of Business Master of Business Administration part-time program at IUPUI moved up to ninth overall and fifth among public universities.

“To be ranked among the top 10 part-time programs in the nation clearly defines Kelley as the quality leader among part-time MBA programs in Indiana,” said Dan Smith, dean of the Kelley School of Business. "

The legal writing program at IU McKinney School of Law, also part of the IUPUI campus, ranked ninth, the fourth consecutive year it has been in the top 10 in the national survey. The Indianapolis law school was ranked 41st among public institutions and 89th overall. Nearly 200 accredited U.S. law schools were included in the rankings.

The IU School of Medicine moved into the top 50 for research, up to 48th from 51st a year ago, and stayed at 24th for primary care.

"Our medical graduate programs consistently rank well nationally," said D. Craig Brater, dean of the school and vice president for university clinical affairs. "We are in the 95th percentile among all medical schools in the number of our graduates who enter primary care and similarly for those who practice in rural communities. Our rank for graduate programs reveals the dedication and quality of both our faculty and the graduate students we teach. The School of Medicine continues to significantly impact the health and well-being of Hoosiers and the economic success of Indiana."

The Master of Fine Arts program at the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI ranked 45th overall and 20th among public universities.

“It’s remarkable that Herron is ranked 45th when our M.F.A. programs have had only three graduating classes. Next academic year, we’re launching programs in three additional studio disciplines plus Art Therapy, and I expect that as our graduates fan out across the globe, our reputation will only grow,” said Herron Dean Valerie Eickmeier. “This recognition is a testament to the quality of our faculty, the students’ work, Herron’s unique approach to learning and our commitment to providing ample professional practice experiences for students who desire them.”

While U.S. News calculates new rankings for business, education, engineering, law and medicine programs every year, graduate programs in other disciplines typically go several years between rankings. For example, the IU School of Nursing was 15th in 2011, the last time nursing programs were ranked.

U.S. News also did not issue new rankings for the biological sciences, chemistry, criminology, earth sciences, economics, English, history, library science, mathematics, political science, psychology, public health and sociology.

The rankings are available at Detailed information will be available in the 2013 Best Graduate Schools publications, which will be available this week at and the U.S. News store.

Visit for the report of the rankings for all Indiana University graduate programs.