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CSU Graduate Programs Earn High Rankings




California State University graduate programs have been ranked as some of the best by U.S. News & World Report. The recognition is a testament to the CSU’s quality graduate programs, which grant more than 18,000 degrees annually.

In total, 94 graduate programs from 19 CSUs were ranked in the publication’s 2017 rankings released March 16. Thirty-two programs at nine campuses–Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose–ranked in the top 100 within their respective categories.

U.S. News & World Report is one of the most respected rankings, and ranks graduate programs annually by evaluating standardized test scores of newly enrolled students, employment outcomes of graduates and other criteria. Their methodology varies across disciplines to account for differences in each graduate program.

CSU graduate programs integrate specialized training in the theory, research methodologies and critical analyses within a given discipline. In 2014-15, the CSU enrolled more than 55,000 graduate students in over 1,400 master’s degree programs and awarded over 18,000 master’s degrees. One-third of the master’s degrees awarded each year in California are from the CSU.

The CSU’s top 100 ranked programs are listed below. All rankings are available on the U.S. News & World Report website.

San Diego State (30)

Clinical Psychology
San Diego State – UC San Diego (25)

San Diego State (69)

Fine Arts
CSU Los Angeles (55)
San Diego State (59)
CSU Long Beach (69)

Health Care Management
San Diego State (47)
CSU Long Beach (57)

San Jose State (33)

CSU Los Angeles (52)

Nursing: Anesthesia
CSU Fullerton (4)

Nursing: Midwifery
CSU Fullerton (20)
San Diego State (28)

Occupational Therapy
San Jose State (37)

Physical Therapy
San Diego State (79)

San Diego State – UC San Diego (52)

Public Affairs
San Diego State (86)
San Francisco State (96)

Public Health
San Diego State (39)

Rehabilitation Counseling
San Diego State (10)
Fresno State (24)
San Francisco State (37)
CSU Los Angeles (50)
Sacramento State (58)
CSU San Bernardino (58)

Social Work
San Diego State (58)
CSU Los Angeles (64)
San Francisco State (71)
San Jose State (71)
CSU Long Beach (78)

Speech/Language Pathology
San Diego State (24)
San Francisco State (81)

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