U.S. News & World Report: Arcadia Graduate Programs Among Nation’s Best

By Daniel DiPrinzio | March 28, 2022
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In its 2023 rankings, released on March 29, U.S. News & World Report once again ranks two of Arcadia University’s graduate programs, Public Health and Education, among the best in the nation. 

Arcadia’s Public Health graduate program ranked among the top such programs nationally and sixth in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These rankings are based on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools. These assessments rate the academic quality of programs or schools. Public Health also ranked sixth in Pennsylvania. 

Education placed in the top programs nationally for the third consecutive year. U.S. News & World Report notes that “graduate programs in education prepare students for leadership roles at colleges, universities, K12 schools and nonprofits.” Earlier this year, Arcadia’s Applied Behavior Analysis graduate certificate program, which helps students develop the professional expertise and consultative skills to support youth and adults with autism, conduct and oppositional defiant disorders, and depression, placed among the top 40 in a separate ranking. 

“While we know just how extraordinary these programs are, these rankings help to affirm the excellence of Arcadia’s Public Health and Education programs,” says Dr. Jeff Rutenbeck, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Arcadia. “Perhaps most importantly, these programs prepare students and professionals to launch and advance successful careers that make vital contributions to our communities.” 

The Best Graduate Schools rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty,
research, and students.

Arcadia University holds additional distinction in U.S. News & World Report rankings. In its most recent rankings, U.S. News places the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in the top 10 percent in the countryand the Physician Assistant (PA) program 46th nationally. Additionally, the University ranked among the top-performing schools in the 2021 “Regional Universities—North” list, as well as ranking fourth in study abroad nationwide.