The best educators need the best education. To that end, Graduate Programs, the online guide to graduate schools for prospective graduate students, is pleased to announce the Top 25 Graduate Education Programs in the country according to student ratings and reviews posted on Graduateprograms.com. The rankings are based solely on surveys submitted by 4,900 students representing more than 550 accredited education programs across the United States.
The Top 25 Education Programs in the country according to Graduateprograms.com are as follows:
1.) University of California-Berkeley (9.4 stars)
2.) University of Pittsburgh-Main Campus (9.3 stars)
3.) Indiana State University (9.2 stars)
4.) University of South Carolina at Columbia (9.1 stars)
5.) University of Kansas (8.92 stars)
6.) Johns Hopkins University (8.88 stars)
7.) New Mexico State University-Main Campus (8.84 stars)
8.) Kent State University-Main Campus (8.79 stars)
9.) Vanderbilt University (8.76 stars)
10.) Iowa State University (8.758 stars)
11.) University of Maryland University College (8.73 stars)
12.) Ohio State University (8.698 stars)
13.) Texas A & M University-Commerce (8.61 stars)
14.) Michigan State University (8.51 stars)
15.) George State University (8.5 stars)
16.) Northwestern University (8.42 stars)
17.) Boston College (8.41 stars)
18.) Boston University (8.35 stars)
19.) TIE: Florida State University (8.33 stars)
Harvard University (8.33 stars)
21.) California State University, Northridge (8.3 stars)
22.) Indiana University, Bloomington (8.272 stars)
23.) University of Alabama at Birmingham (8.268 stars)
24.) University of Miami (8.225 stars)
25.) Stanford University (8.2 stars)
Denise Collins, Indiana State University’s Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs at the Bayh College of Education weighed in on the rankings. “Graduate education is an important part of the Bayh College of Education at Indiana State University. In all our programs, we strive to prepare leaders in education and human services, equipping them with the tools they need for success and lifelong learning. It is particularly gratifying that our students and alumni find great value and relevance in their graduate experiences, as they noted in their reviews on graduateprograms.com. We are proud of their accomplishments, and we hope they continue to be strong leaders in their fields,” Collins said.
In addition to posting a review, students often shared their thoughts and feelings regarding their respective programs. One Class of 2012 Indiana State University student wrote: “Indiana State University’s Student Affairs graduate program is excellent. The program requires an assistantship as well as three practicum experiences in areas of your interest. This type of practical program provides the most hands on, real life experiences that you can get as a Student Affairs Professional. I can say that the program made me feel like I was well prepared to go into the work field and be successful. Because I really enjoyed the program, it is hard for me to point out flaws in the program.”
Students may continue to review their programs at http://www.graduateprograms.com and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.
METHODOLOGY Graduateprograms.com reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. All business school rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to April 1, 2013. Graduateprograms.com assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.
For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.