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04/13/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/13/2024 07:54

Business, education and pharmacy programs among best grad programs in nation in latest U.S. News ranking

Business, education and pharmacy programs among best grad programs in nation in latest U.S. News ranking

Kim Chaudoin | 04/13/2024

Lipscomb University's Pfeffer Graduate School of Business,College of Education and College of Pharmacy have been recognized as offering some of the best graduate programs in the nation.

In the 2024 Best Graduate Schools released this week by U.S. News & World Report the Pfeffer School's full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA), Professional Master of Business Administration (PMBA) programs, the College of Education's graduate programs and the Doctorate of Pharmacy were included in their respective rankings. Each of these programs moved up in the rankings this year.

"It is a reflection of the diligent work of our faculty, staff and administrators to educate, inspire and prepare our students for purposeful lives. I am proud of our colleges of business, education and pharmacy for this recognition for their commitment to excellence," said Lipscomb Provost Jennifer Shewmaker. "Being included in this ranking is a measure of the quality and success of our academic programs and that we are recognized nationally as leading as a top-tier university."

Designed for prospective students looking to advance their education post-college, the Best Graduate Schools rankings evaluate programs in a variety of disciplines. By collecting graduate school data annually, U.S. News shares in its rankings current enrollment numbers, job placement rates, faculty statistics and other essential quality indicators that help prospective students make informed decisions.

Pfeffer Graduate School of Business

Housed in Lipscomb's College of Business, the Pfeffer Graduate School of Business moved up in the rankings this year. In the Best Business School category, the Pfeffer School is one of only three in Tennessee and one of only two Church of Christ institutions to be ranked. Lipscomb's part time MBA was one of only six in the state to make this year's ranking.

The Pfeffer School is AACSB accredited, making it part of an elite group of business schools internationally with less than six percent - only 926 institutions across 60 countries - earning this prestigious accreditation. It offers master's degree programs in accounting, business administration and health administration and graduate certificates in accounting, data analytics and entrepreneurship. Learn more here.

College of Education

Lipscomb's College of Education moved up 13 spots in the 2024 ranking. The college's graduate program offerings include a Doctorate of Education a Ph.D. in leadership and philosophy and Education Specialist, master's and graduate certificate degrees in a wide array of topics including Applied Behavior Analysis, accessibility and advocacy, educational leadership, English Language Learning, gifted education and advanced academics, instructional coaching, instructional practice, leading in curriculum and instruction, reading specialty, school counseling and special education.

This is the latest recognition for the College of Education, which is consistently ranked as one of the most effective educator preparation programs in the state of Tennessee and the nation. This spring, the college was recognized for the 12th consecutive year as one of the most effective teacher preparation programs in Tennessee as it earned high marks on the 2023 Teacher Preparation Report Card released by the Tennessee State Board of Education. For more information visit

College of Pharmacy

In the 2024 ranking, Lipscomb's Doctorate of Pharmacy program was ranked among the top 100 programs in the country and the No. 2 private university in Tennessee. Located in the nation's health care capital, Lipscomb's program boasts a high first-time NAPLEX pass rate and the No. 1 residency match rate in Tennessee in addition to a 100% job placement rate.

In addition to the Pharm.D. program, the College of Pharmacy offers a Master of Science in health care informatics, a Master of Science in pharmaceutical sciences and three dual degree offerings including our Pharm.D./MHCI, Pharm.D./MMHC or Pharm.D./Ph.D. Partnership with the Pharmacology Graduate Program at Vanderbilt University. Learn more at

"Deciding where to attend graduate school can be formidable, considering the
wealth of schools with distinctive and quality programs," said LaMont Jones, managing editor for education at U.S. News. "The Best Graduate Schools rankings and related content empower prospective students to choose the best fit for their educational needs and ultimately achieve career success."

For more information about graduate programs offered at Lipscomb University, visit