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NORMAL — Three graduate degree programs at Illinois State University moved up in the 2020 edition of U.S. News & World Report's “Best Graduate Schools” rankings.

ISU's graduate program in education moved up to 88th in the latest edition; it was 108th last year. There are 931 students in the program.

The top-ranked graduate program in education in the state was Northwestern University's, which ranked eighth. Among public schools, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked 50th and the program at its Chicago campus tied for 53rd.

Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., led the rankings nationally for graduate programs in education.

The part-time MBA program in the ISU College of Business moved up from 92nd to 89th. The program has 126 students.

Top in the state and the nation was the University of Chicago. The University of Illinois programs at its Urbana-Champaign and Chicago campuses tied for 65th. Bradley University was ranked 57th.

The master's program at the Mennonite College of Nursing moved up to 90th from 98th. Eighty-six students are in the master's and Ph.D. program, not counting online doctoral students.

Rush University had the highest ranked master's program in nursing in Illinois. The University of Illinois at Chicago was ranked 35th.

Nationally, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., was ranked first in this category.

“These rankings reinforce the high-quality degree programs Illinois State offers our students,” said Jan Murphy, ISU vice president and provost. “By recruiting outstanding faculty members, ISU continues to create a strong academic environment for our students."

The rankings are based on statistical indicators measuring the quality of faculty, research and students and on reputation surveys sent to academics and professionals in the discipline.

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