A UNLV record of 26 programs – including 14 from the William S. Boyd School of Law – was among the top 100 in their fields as part of the annual US News & World Report collection released today.
The university’s notable rankings included nuclear engineering (28th) and criminal justice (29th). The UNLV’s master’s and doctoral programs in nursing also performed well, ranking 66th and 65th respectively. You are enrolled in an online master’s degree in nursing that is already ranked seventh best in the country for publication.
“Strong graduate programs are critical to our success as an institution and to the economic sustainability of our region as they produce the highly skilled scientists, engineers, teachers, policy makers, health professionals, artists, business leaders and entrepreneurs our state needs to be competitive to be.” said UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield. “PhD students enrich the university experience, bringing new ideas and creative leadership to all areas – assets we will need as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Boyd Law continued to show why it is among the best public law schools in the country, climbing two places to 60th from 193 accredited programs. For the fourth year in a row, the school’s Lawyering Process Program was ranked # 1 nationwide for legal writing, and the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution moved up one place to 5th in the Dispute Resolution category.
UNLV Law’s part-time Juris PhD program was also among the best in the country, ranking 19th this year. The part-time program offers evening classes that enable full-time employees to complete a law degree in four years. Other top 100 law school programs in this year’s national ranking are Health Law (32), Clinical Education (40), Contract / Commercial Law (45), Tax Law (60), Criminal Law (66) and constitutional law (67). , Intellectual Property (71), Business / Company Law (73), Environmental Law (73), and Litigation (79).
Other UNLV programs that are in the top 100 in their field include PhD programs in Public Affairs (83), Sociology (84), Political Science (89), and English (99), as well as Lee Business School’s part-time MBA program (89). The Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering had four disciplines in the top 100, with aerospace studies (62), environmental engineering (83) and civil engineering (95) participating in the nuclear engineering program.
“This ranking is just one indicator of the incredible quality and depth of higher education at UNLV,” said UNLV Provost Chris Heavey. “Our strong graduate programs strengthen university-wide teaching and research efforts and respond to and anticipate the regional demands of the workforce, which will advance our community.”
Each year, US News analyzes more than 2,000 graduate and specialty programs in a wide range of disciplines. Programs are categorized by discipline or subject area and rated against criteria specific to each subject, expert opinions on program quality, and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.