Strong as #1 … Extraordinary Together

March 14, 2017

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With eight programs ranked in the top-10 in their respective fields, the College of Education at Michigan State University collectively represents one of the nation’s very best places to pursue advanced study in education.

Once again this year, according to U.S. News & World Report, the college is ranked No. 1 in three of those areas: rehabilitation counseling, elementary education and secondary education. And it’s been a remarkably long run—this is the 23rd consecutive year at No. 1 for both elementary and secondary education.

“Our college takes great pride in the continued high rankings of our graduate programs,” said Robert E. Floden, dean of the College of Education. “These results are a testament to the leading role so many of our faculty and alumni play in improving education research, policy and practice.”

Compared with other leading schools of education nationwide, MSU is tied for the most programs ranked in the top 3.

Here is the full list of MSU College of Education programs ranked in U.S. News‘ 2018 edition of “Best Graduate Schools,” based on a survey of education deans:

Elementary education – #1

Secondary education – #1

Rehabilitation counseling – #1 (tied, ranked in 2015)

Curriculum and instruction – #2 (up from #4)

Higher education administration – #3

Administration/supervision – #4 (up from #7)

Educational psychology – #5 (tied)

Education policy – #9 (up from #11)

Special education – #12 (up from #13)

Overall, the College of Education is now ranked #21 in the nation, or #12 among public universities.

Read MSU Today for details about other graduate program rankings across campus. Visit for more information.

For online master’s degree programs in education, MSU ranks 8th in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.