U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools guide today ranked the University of Central Florida master’s program in Nonprofit Management among that field’s best 25 programs in the nation.

Three additional graduate programs from the university’s College of Health & Public Affairs were ranked near the top: Criminology (Criminal Justice at UCF) was ranked 26th in its category, Healthcare Management (Health Services Administration) was ranked 46th, and Public Affairs (Public Administration) was listed at 59th.

All four of the COHPA programs moved up in their rankings this year.

“Peer rankings such as these reflect our faculty’s dedication and commitment to offering the highest quality graduate programs,” said Michael Frumkin, dean of the College of Health & Public Affairs. “I’m extraordinarily proud of our growing national reputation.”

The College of Education also had two programs ranked in the top 25. Its graduate counselor education program ranked 11th and its special education graduate program ranked 14th. The College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL) also had a program listed at number 13.

Others from UCF in the top 100 of their specific fields were: Industrial Engineering (48), Computer Engineering (57), Electrical Engineering (62), Environmental Engineering (68), Best Engineering School (72), Materials Engineering (74), Speech-Language Pathology [Communication Sciences and Disorders] (73), Nursing (79), Social Work (89), Civil Engineering (81), Physical Therapy (99) and Best Education School (100).

More than 1,200 programs were reviewed for the magazine’s annual graduate-school guide. The scores are based on expert opinions about programs and a variety of statistical indicators that gauge the quality of faculty, researchers and students at each institution.

Highlights of the rankings will be on sale in the Best Graduate Schools book at newsstands beginning April 3.

View the full list of UCF’s rankings.