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UGA graduate programs rank top in national peer review

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The U.S. News and World Report annually ranks graduate programs across the country

This year's rankings, released Tuesday, evaluate schools and graduate programs using a variety of criteria for each program, focusing on success of incoming and outgoing students. This year, some UGA graduate programs earned top 10 spots.

The Mary Frances Early College of Education ranked 32nd in the nation, moving up nine spots. The School of Law ranked 29th overall and 11th among public universities. The College of Engineering’s agricultural engineering program ranked 18th.

Up from six spots, the School of Public and International Affairs ranked third in the nation. Here’s the Dean of SPIA, Matthew Auer.

"We have a really great reputation in the state of Georgia for training people who are going to be leaders at the local county and state level," Auer says. "The school and its success is absolutely a reflection of the key parts of our community. So our faculty, really dedicated staff, outstanding students at all levels, undergraduate and graduate. And then we have fabulous, fabulous alumni."

UGA's online graduate programs received recognition in January ranking third in the country on the U.S. News best online programs list.