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### University of La Verne Retains Top Spot in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Programs Ranking

“We express sincere gratitude for the recognition of our commitment to lead in promoting educational equity, excellence, and innovation.”

The University of La Verne, situated in California, stood out as one of only seven private institutions in the state to secure a spot on the prestigious list of the Best Education Schools, among a total of 255 educational institutions nationwide. The University’s LaFetra College of Education has solidified its position as a prominent establishment in nurturing educators and leaders equipped to tackle the contemporary challenges faced by schools and swiftly evolving organizations. It has garnered numerous accolades at both state and national levels, particularly excelling in areas like continuing education and the innovative integration of technology.

“We are deeply grateful to be acknowledged for our efforts to be a leader in educational equity, excellence, and innovation. Continually pioneering, we are expanding our adult and online degree programs and professional learning programs, utilizing innovative technology in our curriculum,” expressed LaFetra College Dean MD Haque. “We are proud of the education our students receive, with its emphasis on diversity, innovation, technology, and research-based practices. Our professors are leaders in their fields who pride themselves on their quality programs, high standards, and dedication to students.”

The college boasts a diverse array of programs focusing on teaching preparation, leadership, educational counseling, school psychology, and child and adolescent development. Recently, the university forged a new collaboration with AASA, the School Superintendents Association, aiming to enhance professional development, introduce innovative programs, share resources, and establish a premier West Coast center for AASA members and related activities supporting K-12 school district leaders nationwide.

The University of La Verne, a distinguished institution accredited by the globally renowned Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Commission, offers a range of degrees. The 50th year celebration of the MPA program is a significant milestone, offering specialized degrees in urban management and affairs, nonprofit management, public health, and a unique JD/MPA dual degree program in collaboration with the University of La Verne College of Law and Public Service.

“As we reflect on our 50 years of programming, we are excited to continue to be recognized nationally and have an impact on building a better tomorrow by graduating outstanding students with the competency and passion for public service,” remarked Kevin Marshall, dean of the College of Law and Public Service. “We are particularly proud to be one of very few schools in California offering the opportunity for students to earn dual graduate degrees in law (JD) and public administration (MPA), giving them the competitive edge to be leaders in all public sector markets.”

Graduates from the University of La Verne have found success in various sectors such as local government, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Recent reports from graduating classes indicate that approximately 69 percent are employed in public sector roles spanning local, state, and federal agencies, 26 percent are engaged in the nonprofit sector, while the remainder work in the private sector. Popular career paths include nonprofit management and public policy.


The University of La Verne, a private, nonprofit institution, offers a wide range of academic and professional programs to cater to the evolving needs of today’s competitive workforce. Since its establishment in 1891, the university has been dedicated to preparing students for personal and professional success through programs rooted in a liberal education that promotes ethical reasoning, diversity and inclusion, lifelong learning, and civic and community engagement. It has garnered national recognition and consistently ranks on various lists such as the U.S. News & World Report Best Education Schools, National University, Best Value Schools, Top Performers on Social Mobility, and Best Online Programs. Additionally, it was acknowledged as a 2024 Wall Street Journal Best U.S. College and among the top 15 schools for student experience and social mobility. The university offers classes at its historic La Verne campus, regional California locations, and online. For more information, visit

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