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May 8, 2012
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UMD Masters Program Ranks in Top Tier of U.S. News and World Report

According to the 2012 U.S. News and World Report (USN&WR), the UMD Masters of Social Work ranked in the top tier, placing 79th in the USN&WR graduate school "Health" category. The national assessment included surveys that were conducted during the fall of 2011, handled by the research firm Ipsos Public Affairs. Among the programs surveyed, the UMD master of social work, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, was selected and highly ranked.

"The UMD masters of social work offers an advanced generalist curriculum with a focus on American Indian social services," said Dr. Melanie Shepard, UMD Social Work Department Head. The program offers courses in the areas of child welfare, clinical, and community practice. "We have notable graduates, including Duluth City Councilor Emily Larson, who have pursued human service occupations that improve the quality of life in our region."

In addition, the UMD Speech-Language Pathology program ranked 131 nationally. Both programs encourage student development in knowledge and skills for clinical, administrative, and community practice.

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History of the USN
In 1983, USN&WR began its annual rankings of American colleges and universities. The fall of 1987 marked the first publication of the newsstand book, America's Best Colleges. It was joined by America's Best Graduate Schools in 1994.

USN&WR began its Internet ventures in 1993, with a two-year stint as a content provider to the CompuServe Information Service. U.S. News Online (, the magazine's Web site, went online Nov. 6, 1995. All articles from the print edition of U.S. News also appear on U.S. News Online.

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