TAMPA, Fla., March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. News & World Report has released the 2017 edition of Best Graduate Schools, providing education seekers with the premier rankings of institutions that award master's, doctoral and professional degrees.
Prospective students can explore new rankings of business, education, engineering, law, medical and nursing schools. For the first time, U.S. News has ranked Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs, in addition to nursing master's programs.
The 2017 edition also includes updated rankings based on the ratings of academic experts in public affairs, fine arts and seven healthcare-related specialties: audiology, clinical psychology, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, social work and speech-language pathology.
Existing rankings in other areas, such as science and library and information studies, were not updated in the 2017 edition but continue to be available.
"Students and professionals who want to take their education to the next level now have access to the very latest graduate school rankings from U.S. News," said Franchon Woodard, senior media manager for U.S. News University Connection. "Whether they're just completing their bachelor's degree or have been working in their chosen field for many years, education-seekers can use 2017 Best Graduate Schools to help make an informed choice about which institution offers the program that's right for them."
Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that earning an advanced degree can mean both increased wages and a lower chance of unemployment. In 2014, the median weekly earnings for professionals who held a master's degree was $1,326 and their unemployment rate was 2.8%. Comparatively, those with a bachelor's degree averaged $1,101 per week and saw unemployment of 3.5%, while workers who held only a high school diploma earned $668 per week and had an unemployment rate of 6%.
The 2017 Best Graduate Schools rankings are available now at USNews.com and USNewsUniversityDirectory.com. The printed edition hits newsstands on April 5th.
About U.S. News University Directory
U.S. News University Directory provides comprehensive and unbiased information on more than 2,000 academic institutions directly from U.S. News & World Report, the most trusted source for college and university rankings since 1983. Prospective students can search through America's best colleges and graduate schools offering associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's and MBA degrees, doctoral degrees, and certificate programs. And because U.S. News is the leading ranking resource for anyone seeking an on-campus or online degree, students who use the directory can be confident that they are getting the best education advice and information available.
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