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Howard University’s Graduate Social Work, Education, Business Programs Rise in Rankings on U.S. News and World Report’s List of 2023 Best Graduate Schools

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Howard University College of Medicine maintains the No. 1 ranking for Most Diverse Medical Schools

WASHINGTON – Howard University’s graduate programs in social work, education, and business each received significant increases in the annual national rankings produced by U.S. News and World Report’s 2023 “Best Graduate Schools” listing. Howard University School of Social Work is ranked No. 16, the School of Education (HUSOE) is ranked No. 71, and the School of Business is ranked No. 57 for its full-time MBA program. In the medical school rankings, the Howard University College of Medicine ranked No. 1 for Most Diverse Medical School and No. 49 ranking for Most Graduates in Primary Care Specialties.

“The rise in our graduate program’s rankings affirm the efforts of Howard University faculty, staff, and students who work tirelessly to maintain the highest standard of academic excellence,” said President Wayne A. I. Frederick, MD, MBA. “We credit the collective effort of our campus community who strive to fulfill our mission of truth and service and consistently provide Howard students with unique and innovative programing. It is because of their service that our graduate students leave Howard’s campus equipped with a broad range of skills and a deep sense of purpose, prepared to have an impact on their communities.”

The Howard University School of Social Work jumped nine spots on the list this year with a ranking of No. 16. Rooted in a social justice framework, the school offers interprofessional programming that increases students’ preparedness to enter the field after graduation. In January, the School of Social Work introduced an online MSW program that increases accessibility, making it possible for students to receive the program’s world-class, educational experience from virtually anywhere.

“Our founding dean, Dr. Inabel Burns Lindsay, set out to have a social work program at Howard that was respected and relevant to the needs of African Americans and other marginalized and underserved populations,” said Sandra Crewe, Ph.D., dean of the School of Social Work. “Being highly ranked by our peer institutions reflects our positive relationships and ongoing commitment to excellence and being bold in addressing inequities in our society. I am grateful to our faculty, staff, alumni, students, colleagues, and friends for recognizing and investing in our excellence."

Howard University’s School of Education soared 20 spots to No. 71. Ranking among the top 30 percent of graduate education schools in the nation, the School of Education has advanced its position in the world through continuous innovation in learning and self-evaluation of its various programs.

“The past two academic years have been filled with challenge, resiliency and triumph,” said Dawn Williams, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education. “The School of Education faculty have been of service not only to our students, but also to the larger educational community as we managed learning transitions and threats to delivering a culturally affirming education. All the while, we have held a steadfast commitment to our mission to empower individuals, schools and communities through the promotion of racial and social justice. It brings me great joy to know that our hard work has not gone unrecognized.”

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The Howard University School of Business ranked No. 57 for its full-time MBA program, a seven-point increase in its ranking from previous year. The School of Business and its award-winning programs were the first business school in Washington, D.C to receive accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In addition to its full-time MBA program, the school has worked to expand its online offerings with an online part-time MBA and two new specialized programs: an online Master of Accountancy and online Master of Finance.

“Howard School of Business is proud to see our rankings continue to rise among the best business programs in the country,” said Anthony D. Wilbon, Ph.D., dean of Howard University School of Business. “Our students and faculty have worked hard over the past year to uphold a standard of excellence and I am glad that our efforts are being recognized and respected. We are consistently innovating the way we approach education, as evidenced by our ever-expanding online offerings and we are excited for what the future holds.”

The College of Medicine ranked No. 1 for Most Diverse Medical Schools and jumped to No. 49 in the ranking for Most Graduates in Primary Care Specialties.

“For more than a century, Howard University College of Medicine has been providing students of high academic potential with a medical education of exceptional quality and thereby preparing future physicians and scientists to serve the underserved,” said Hugh E. Mighty, MD, Howard University College of Medicine dean and senior vice president of clinical affairs. “We are delighted that many of our programs saw notable gains in this year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings.”

Since 1983, the U.S. News and World Report has been the foremost authority in ranking educational institutions. Their rankings are often used in the decision-making process for those pursuing higher education. Howard’s jump in the rankings reflects the success of the school’s mission to be a top-ranking institution that generates impactful research. Howard continues to pursue excellence and forward progress in educating transformational leaders and educators.

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.

Media Contact: Misha Cornelius, misha.cornelius@howard.edu