Latest U.S. News Ranking Elevates Law, Computer Science, Education

Posted: April 6, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

In the U.S. News & World Report’s edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2007” released last week, the George Mason School of Law moved up four spots to 37, its highest ranking to date.

This is the Law School’s fifth consecutive year in the “top tier” of the rankings. Its intellectual property law specialty was ranked 24.

In addition, the computer science PhD degree based in the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering (IT&E) was listed for the first time in the rankings, coming in at 60. The degree is a joint program between the Department of Computer Science (CS) and the Information and Software Engineering Department (ISE).

“This significant recognition reflects the quality of our CS and ISE faculty,” IT&E Dean Lloyd Griffiths said in an e-mail to staff. “Their commitment to building a world-class doctoral program is producing some of the finest graduates in the country. I am fully confident that we will continue to move upward in the U.S. News & World Report rankings and that our progress in doing so will surprise many people.”

Mason’s graduate education program was ranked 66 overall in the newest edition, up from a previous ranking of 73.

“I think that the fact that we are ranked alongside many long-standing, large research universities, and higher than quite a few, attests to the strength of our faculty and students, not only in research and scholarship but in impact on the field of education,” says Dean Jeff Gorrell, College of Education and Human Development.

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