Graduate programs earn recognition in ‘U.S. News’ rankings

Physical Therapy student trains on a patient

The physical therapy program at Northern Arizona University was among five graduate programs at NAU named in the U.S. News 2016 Best Graduate Schools Rankings, released this week.

Physical therapy ranked 34th in the nation on the publication’s annual list that evaluates programs in business, law, medicine, engineering and education—including specialties within each discipline.

Other health sciences programs that made the list were NAU’s speech-language pathology program and the School of Nursing.

In other disciplines, NAU’s graduate education programs ranked 115th and the graduate program in biological sciences ranked 139th in the nation.

“We are constantly looking for ways to enhance graduate programming at NAU, and it is heartening to see those efforts recognized nationally,” said Maribeth Watwood, dean of the Graduate College. “Together with first-hand observations from current students and program graduates, these rankings point out some of the areas where we clearly stand out.  Our dedicated faculty and staff provide focused mentorship and support to help our graduate students achieve their personal and professional goals.”

The complete list of 2016 graduate school rankings is online.