LSU Programs Ranked in U.S. News Graduate School Rankings, Ceramics Ranked Fifth Among Public Universities

LSU Law and Flores MBA move up in 2017 U.S. News rankings

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s master’s degree program in ceramics is ranked seventh overall and fifth among public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Graduate Schools rankings. The LSU Flores MBA Program and LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center also rose in the rankings this year. The Flores MBA Program is ranked 62 overall and 33 among public universities, and LSU Law is ranked 82 overall, one of 55 public law schools in the country to be ranked in the top 100. 

The LSU ceramics program is offered through the College of Art & Design. According to U.S. News, “in M.F.A. ceramics programs, students learn advanced clay and glaze formation skills through conceptual and technical assignments and may complete a visual thesis project before graduation. These are the best fine arts schools for ceramics.”

“We’re gratified that our peers recognize the excellent work of our ceramic faculty, Michelene Walsh and Andrew Shaw, and the graduate students our program attracts from around the world,” LSU School of Art Director Rod Parker said. “Our faculty and graduate students maintain an exceptionally high level of research productivity and creative activity, which is recognized with awards, such as Professor Shaw’s recent McKnight Fellowship, and the numerous invitations for residencies and awards which our graduate students receive. Coming as it does while our ceramics faculty and graduate students are attending the 50th annual National Council for Ceramic Arts international conference in Kansas City, this news will be a cause for celebration by the numerous alumni gathered there.” 

The rankings of programs in fine arts specialty areas, such as ceramics, are based on ratings by educators at peer schools. Art school deans and other top academics, one per school, were asked to nominate up to 10 programs noted for their excellence in each specialty. In the last rankings of ceramics programs, LSU ceramics was ranked ninth overall.

Master of Business Administration:   
The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Flores MBA Program improved on its 2016 “Best Business School” ranking by U.S. News & World Report, moving up 11 spots among public institutions in the 2017 rankings to 33.

Diving deeper into the 2015-16 data behind the ranking offers further insight into the program. The average full-time undergraduate GPA was 3.35, the average starting salary and bonus for a graduate was $67,100, 90.5 percent of graduates were employed at graduation and 97.6 percent were employed within three months after graduation.

“We’re thrilled about our most recent U.S. News and World Report ranking,” said Flores MBA Program Director Dana Hart. “It’s a proud moment for us, and it clearly illustrates that we are once again ranked among some remarkable MBA programs across the country.

“We’re doing great things here and our competitive position is indeed a testament to our outstanding faculty and staff, as well as the important accomplishments of our distinguished students and alumni.”

To calculate its rankings, U.S. News surveyed all 470 master’s programs in business accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International in fall 2015 and early 2016. A total of 379 responded. Of those, 129 provided enough data to calculate the full-time MBA rankings.

In addition to the Flores MBA program being ranked, LSU’s part-time MBA program is ranked 119 out of 296 programs considered and is 70th among public universities. To be eligible for the part-time ranking, a program needed to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International and have at least 20 students enrolled part time in fall 2015; 296 of the nation’s 344 part-time MBA programs met those criteria and were included in this ranking.

The LSU Law Center moved up 12 spots to number 82 overall to remain in the top 100 law schools in the nation. Some 196 accredited public and private law schools are reviewed by the magazine each year. Additionally, LSU Law is one of only six public law schools and one of 10 public or private law schools along the Gulf Coast, from Texas to Florida, ranked in the top 100. LSU Law entered the U.S. News Top 100 for the first time in 2004.

“The Paul M. Hebert Law Center of LSU diligently pursues its missions to serve its students, alumni, the legal profession, the state of Louisiana and the legal academy. We are gratified that our pursuit of these missions is reflected in an improvement in the U.S. News & World Report ranking. We are particularly gratified that we have been able to achieve so much under difficult financial circumstances,” said Interim Dean William R. Corbett.

Corbett  added, “The successes of the Law Center are the product of the hard work and devotion of our Law Center community – our students, faculty, staff and alumni. Our people often overcome financial challenges through hard work and self-sacrifice for the good of the institution. To the members of our Law Center community, we express our gratitude, and we join you in celebrating this recognition. We particularly express gratitude for our departed colleague Interim Co-Dean and Professor Cheney Joseph, who epitomized the work ethic of the Law Center.”

Other Rankings:
A number of other LSU graduate programs appear in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings. In engineering, LSU ranks 100 overall out of 194 programs considered, and is 28th among public flagship universities. Specialty programs in engineering ranked include petroleum engineering at 11 out of 18, biological/agricultural engineering at 24 out of 37, chemical engineering at 74 out of 132, civil engineering at 63 out of 159, computer engineering at 103 out of 187, electrical engineering at 96 out of 189, environmental engineering at 67 out of 109 and mechanical engineering at 89 out of 177.

LSU’s Master of Fine Arts program ranked 69 out of 229 schools considered, and is 17th among public flagship universities. The MFA program is also seventh among schools in the South (out of 16). LSU’s education graduate program ranked 99 out of 255 schools considered, and is 32nd among public flagship universities.

Other overall rankings include LSU’s speech language pathology program ranked 52 out of 249, clinical psychology ranked 74 out of 224, public affairs ranked 96 out of 272 and social work ranked 91 out of 231.

Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing. These rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.

In addition to the six main professional disciplines ranked annually, U.S. News also periodically ranks graduate programs in science, social sciences and humanities, health, and many other areas based solely on the ratings of academic experts. This year, U.S. News published fresh rankings of graduate programs in public affairs, in fine arts and in seven selected health-related fields: audiology, clinical psychology, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, social work and speech-language pathology. These rankings, which are based solely on the ratings of academic experts, were last updated in 2012.

For more information on the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Graduate Schools rankings, visit



Contact Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations

Angela Harwood
LSU College of Art & Design

Karen Soniat
LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Joshua Duplechain
E. J. Ourso College of Business