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The much-watched U.S. News & World Report rankings reflect continued achievement in USC’s graduate schools.

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THE 2000-2001 U.S. News & World Report “Annual Guide to Best Graduate Schools” has named several USC graduate schools and programs among the nation’s leaders.
The USC Department of Occupational Science and Occu-pational Therapy was again ranked No. 1, capturing the top spot among 39 graduate educational programs in occupational therapy. In addition, USC’s graduate programs in Physical Therapy ranked second in that field, besting Duke and Emory.
USC’s School of Social Work was ranked eighth in the nation, holding its slot among the nation’s top 10.
The guide ranked USC’s School of Engineering 12th in the nation and made special mention of the school’s programs in electrical/electronic engineering (14th), computer science (15th), aerospace/aeronautical engineering (21st) and industrial/ manufacturing engineering (21st).
USC’s Law School placed 17th among the nation’s 174 accredited law schools, just ahead of Vanderbilt.
Weighing in at No. 22, the USC Marshall School of Business remains in the top tier of the nation’s 325 accredited MBA programs. The guide made special mention of the school’s graduate programs in entrepreneurship and accounting, ranking them seventh and ninth in the nation, respectively. The school’s part-time and executive MBA programs were ranked seventh and 12th in the nation, respectively, and its graduate programs in general management, international business and marketing all scored in the top 20.
The USC Rossier School of Education placed 33rd. The guide highlighted the school’s graduate program in higher education administration, ranking it in the top 10.
The Keck School of Medicine ranked among the top 50, placing 40th (in a four-way tie with Indiana University, the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University) out of 124 accredited medical schools in the country.
Because U.S. News ranks some disciplines on a three-year rotating cycle, this year’s guide didn’t look at several graduate programs in which USC has previously excelled. In 1998, the School of Cinema-Television was ranked No. 1, tying for the top spot with New York University. The School of Policy, Planning, and Development placed eighth in the nation that same year. The previous year, the USC Thornton School of Music was ranked 12th in the nation, tying with the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Also in 1997, the School of Pharmacy was ranked 18th.

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