The University of South Carolinas masters degree program in international business topped the nations public colleges again and its law school rose inside the Top 100, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings of graduate schools released today.
The Darla Moore School of Business international graduate program has ranked among the nations top three for 24 years straight. USC placed behind the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona and the University of Pennsylvania, both private institutions.
The law school rose to 98th from 109th in the annual rankings.
U.S. News no longer groups law schools into several tiers. The top 148 schools are in one tier. The other 46 law schools including the Charleston School of Law, South Carolinas only other law school were not ranked and were labeled second tier.
Last month, USCs trustees gave final approval for a new $80 million law school building, slated to open in 2016, a year before the schools sesquicentennial.
South Carolinas graduate program in education rose to 97th from 113th, while Clemson Universitys fell from 79th to 91st. USCs online education program remained fifth-best in the country.
Clemsons engineering program dropped two spots to 79th. USC ranked 93rd again. An exact ranking was not available.
U.S. News provided a preview to schools and the media before the full rankings are released today.
In other rankings, South Carolinas School of Library and Information Sciences slid one spot to 18th, but its library media program remained fifth in the nation and its services for children and youth program ranked 11th again.
USCs College of Nursing program was unchanged from last year at 79th, while Clemsons remained 50th.
The Medical University of South Carolinas ranking among primary-care and research medical schools slipped from last year. MUSC ranked 58th in primary care, down from 49th, and and 59th in research, down two spots.
USC's medical school rose one place to 85th in research, but tumbled five spots to 62nd in primary care.