Published on March 19, 2018 at 11:05 p.m. by Philip Poole  
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Samford University graduate programs in business, education, law and nursing received national recognition in the 2019 U. S. News & World Report graduate rankings released March 20. The latest rankings recognize multiple Samford programs among the top in the country based on a variety of factors, including reputation, faculty credentials, student engagement and selectivity.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program in Ida Moffett School of Nursing was ranked 58th nationally, a significant increase from their 2018 ranking of 81st nationally. Master’s degree programs in nursing were ranked 78th, a move up 14 spots from the 2018 ranking. Both nursing programs are recognized among the top tier in the nation.

“The latest rankings are a testament to the strength of our graduate programs in Ida Moffett School of Nursing,” said Nena F. Sanders, vice provost of Samford’s College of Health Sciences and nursing school dean. “This year, our D.N.P. program celebrates its 10th anniversary, and we continue to improve each year. Our programs align with the demands of today’s dynamic health care environment, and we maintain a strong commitment to student success. I believe these things set us apart as leaders in nursing education.”

The trial advocacy program in Cumberland School of Law continues to be ranked in the top 10 nationally, where it has been ranked for several years. Recently, the law school’s trial competition teams swept the south regional portion of the National Trial Competition, and each team advanced to the national finals to be held later this year.

Graduate programs in Brock School of Business and Orlean Beeson School of Education were included in the top 200 of their peers across the United States. Samford offers Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Master of Accountancy degrees in business, and a Doctor of Education and a Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) with several concentrations.

Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report also recognized Samford’s graduate programs in business and education in its 2018 Best Online Programs rankings. The Brock School of Business M.B.A. program ranks in the top quartile at #68. The M.S.E. programs rank #70 nationally, placing the school in the top tier of online graduate education programs.

“While rankings are only one measure of a university’s effectiveness, we always are pleased when our programs receive national recognition,” said Samford Provost J. Michael Hardin. “The faculty in all our graduate programs continue to develop innovative curricula and clinical experiences that meet the needs of our students and the market.”

The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings continue a trend of national recognitions for Samford’s academic programs. Samford is nationally ranked for academic quality, affordability and value by a variety of other major rankings, including Forbes Inc., The Economist, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Wall Street Journal.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.