Two graduate degree programs, rehabilitation counseling and counseling, have been ranked among the top 15 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2012 rankings of the best graduate schools.
The rehabilitation counseling program is ranked 13th in the nation and first in Texas. The program is housed in the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service. Previously, the rehabilitation counseling program was ranked 24th in the nation.
The rehabilitation counseling program has more than 500 graduates providing services to individuals with disabilities throughout the country. The program is offered on campus and online, and is accredited by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education.
The counseling program, which is housed in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education in the College of Education, also moved up in rankings. The program is now ranked 12th in the nation, three spots higher than its previous ranking of 15th in the nation. The program also is the top counseling program in Texas. Since U.S. News & World Report began ranking counseling programs in 1998, UNT's program has ranked for 10 years among the top 20 programs nationally and has been first in Texas.
The counseling program began in 1963. It has been continuously accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs since counseling programs were first accredited in 1978.
Several other graduate programs have been recognized recently in U.S. News & World Report. The College of Information was ranked 17th in the nation and had three programs ranked in the top 15 in 2009. The health librarianship program is ranked third, the school library media program is ranked 11th; and the services for children and youth program is ranked 13th.
UNT's city management specialization in the master of public administration program was ranked ninth in the nation in 2009. The program is in the Department of Public Administration, which is housed in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service. Updated rankings for these programs are expected next year.
The rankings are based on statistical data and expert assessments. Statistical data include quality of students, faculty and other resources brought to the education process as well as surveys of knowledgeable individuals in academia and practitioners in each profession.
Alyssa Yancey with UNT News Service can be reached at Alyssa.Yancey@unt.edu