NMSU listed in Top 100 graduate minority degree producers

July 19, 2011 by Mark Cramer, NMSU News Center

New Mexico State University was ranked among the top 100 universities in the United States in conferring graduate degrees to minority students in 20 categories of study by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine in the July 6 edition of the publication.

In the Hispanic master’s – physical sciences category, NMSU ranked sixth, the highest spot for the university in any category. Of the 20 categories in which NMSU was ranked, the Aggies made the top 25 in eight of them.

The lists containing total degrees for each and all minority groups include 100 institutions. The lists for specific disciplines contain typically, but not always, 50 institutions each. A given list may have slightly fewer or more institutions because of ties in the rankings.

Among other master’s programs ranked in number of degrees awarded to Hispanics, New Mexico State ranked 11th in English language and literature/letters; 12th in homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services; 16th in communication, journalism and related programs; 17th in engineering; and 23rd in both public administration and social service professions, and social sciences.

NMSU also ranks in the top 50 in granting master’s degrees to Hispanics in accounting and related services (28th); registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research and clinical nursing (29th); business administration, management and operations (39th); public health (42nd); business management, marketing and related support services (43rd); and education (48th). Among all disciplines combined, the university ranked 32nd nationally in master’s degrees conferred to Hispanics.

New Mexico State also ranked 26th overall in doctoral degrees awarded to Hispanics studying biological and biomedical sciences.

The state’s land-grant institution also was recognized for the number of master’s degrees conferred to Native Americans; NMSU ranked 23rd in master’s degrees in education awarded to Native Americans, while the school was 30th nationally in all disciplines combined.

New Mexico State put up top 50 numbers among total minorities for master’s degrees awarded in homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services (35th); social sciences (46th). The university’s doctoral program in social sciences also ranked 46th among all colleges and universities in degrees awarded to all minorities.

For 20 years, Diverse has been tracking the number of degrees awarded to students of color in the United States. The information is collected through surveys conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics.

For more information on Diverse and a complete listing of the rankings, visit http://diverseeducation.com/top100.

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