UAlbany Graduate Programs
Ranked Among Top 25 in the Nation by U.S. News
and World Report
Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980
N.Y. (April 5, 2005) -- U.S. News and World
Report’s annual rankings of the nation’s graduate
programs rate the University at Albany’s criminal
justice program second and several others within
the top 25.
For 2005, UAlbany programs in information and
technology management (4); public management
and administration (6); public finance and budgeting
(9); library science (15); social welfare (19);
and public policy analysis (25) retained their
earlier placements, as did Rockefeller College’s
public policy program, which again ranked 10th.
The sociology program now ranks 25th. The University’s
counseling/personal services program ranked
13th; programs in that category were not rated
Julie Horney, dean of the School of Criminal
Justice since 2002, said, “We are pleased that
U.S. News and World Report recognized the importance
of criminal justice Ph.D. education and, for
the first time this year, included criminal
justice as a field in the annual rankings of
graduate programs. We are extremely proud of
the No. 2 ranking, which clearly reflects the
quality that has been the hallmark of the school
since it was founded in the late 1960s as the
country’s first criminal justice Ph.D. program.
Its outstanding faculty are not only renowned
researchers but also highly dedicated teachers,
and the school attracts excellent students from
all over the world. Over the years, our alumni
have emerged as leaders who have shaped the
criminal justice field in academics, practice,
and policy making. With a number of new initiatives,
such as our criminal justice information technology
concentration and our inauguration of an annual
Albany Symposium on Crime and Justice, we expect
to continue our proud tradition of excellence.”
UAlbany President Kermit Hall foresees improved
rankings for other University programs, as well.
Hall, who has pledged since his arrival in February
to emphasize student needs and concerns, noted
that the scholarships, fellowships, professorships,
and other support he envisions will strengthen
programs throughout the University. "We
will continue to commit resources to attract
motivated students and faculty, and to strengthen
the University’s academic and research programs,"
he said. "This commitment will create new
opportunities for our students and new highly
regarded programs, and further enhance the University's
reputation for excellence."
The University at Albany's broad mission of
excellence in undergraduate and graduate
education, research and public service
engages more than 16,000 diverse students
in nine degree-granting schools and colleges.
For more information about this internationally
ranked institution, visit www.albany.edu.
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