U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools guide ranks five University of Central Florida programs among the nation’s best in their fields.

Engineering, Education, Speech-Language Pathology, Public Administration and Computer Science all made the top 100 in the magazine’s latest edition.

UCF’s engineering programs led the way by ranking #2 in Florida and #73 overall.

To develop this year’s rankings, U.S. News analyzed more than 12,000 graduate programs. Rankings are based on expert opinions about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.

The rankings for some programs are new in 2010, while other programs were last evaluated in 2008 or 2009.

The rankings are available online. Highlights will be published in U.S. News & World Report’s May issue, which will be available at newsstands Tuesday, April 27.

In its most recent rankings of undergraduate programs, U.S. News & World Report named UCF a top 5 national university to watch. UCF was the only Florida school listed in the category “Top Up-and-Coming Schools.”  This category recognizes national universities that “recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities.”

UCF also received special recognition in the category “Great Schools, Great Prices” for being a top 20 national university for students graduating with the least amount of debt.