In the annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges Rankings,” four CUW graduate programs made the cut in the latest list.

U.S. News & World Report is held as a gold standard of rankings. It annually releases lists that consider the efficacy of colleges across the nation. The graduate program ranking were based on wide-ranging survey conducted in fall 2023 and early 2024. Respondents rated peer programs on a 1-5 scale of academic quality, and rankings were determined by the average of the ratings each program received, according to the publication.

Following are the CUW programs ranked among the best in the nation:

Occupational Therapy

Concordia’s OT program makes stepping forward in your calling as an occupational therapist attainable no matter where you are in your journey. Our multiple program pathways and hybrid course formatting will prepare you holistically through our faith-based, student-centered curriculum, and diverse, hands-on, clinical experiences. You’ll graduate ready to help your patients thrive in a variety of settings.


The CUW School of Pharmacy is committed to the development of pharmacists who are servant leaders, dedicated to providing value-based, patient-centered care that improves the health of our communities in rural and urban areas through excellence in teaching, research, service, and practice. Our goal is to teach you the skills and knowledge to administer medications with expertise. And just as importantly, we guide you on how to build relationships with patients and other healthcare professionals so that every individual is given the best care. We pride ourselves on being a patient-centered pharmacy program.

Physical Therapy

Concordia’s PT program is committed to equipping you with a sound foundation in movement science, faith, and integrity. Whether you’re currently a PTA or beginning your search for physical therapist schooling, our program will empower you to graduate prepared for safe, autonomous, and ethical practice, ready to serve your patients and community in mind, body, and spirit. We offer multiple program pathways to help you take the next step in your career as a physical therapist. At Concordia, you’ll receive in-depth training for the entry-level practice of physical therapy as a generalist clinician. Not only will you explore the scientific underpinnings of PT but also the professional characteristics required in healthcare leadership; learn how to supervise PT staff, create programs promoting healthy, holistic lifestyles, and follow the ethical and legal standards necessary in clinical practice.

Social Work

A master’s degree in social work is the most sought-after social services degree, but not all MSW programs are created equally. At Concordia, we recognize the intricacies of the human experience, and our goal is to prepare you to meet others exactly where they are. That’s why our MSW is designed to do the very same for you! Our fully accredited, online program offers both full- and part-time course loads to prepare you as an Advanced Generalist with the option to take clinical licensure courses toward your LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker). We offer Regular- and Advanced-standing pathways, hands-on internships, and additional certification opportunities to further set you apart in the field.

To read the full summary from the U.S. News & World Report, click HERE.

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