Led by the Graduate School of Social Service (GSS), Fordham’s graduate and professional schools and programs showed improvement in U.S. News & World Report rankings of America’s Best Graduate Schools, released on March 13.

GSS was listed among the nation’s top 15 graduate schools of social work, according to the editors. GSS was part of a five-way tie for 11th place among schools of social work offering an advanced degree, rising seven places from its previous No. 18 rank in 2008.

Academic quality of programs was measured on a scale of one (marginal) to five (outstanding). GSS received a ranking of 3.7, up .2 from its previous score of 3.5.

Fordham Law was ranked No. 29 among 195 U.S. law schools included in the rankings. The school’s evening program is ranked No. 5 out of 85 such programs across the country. In addition, the school’s reputation score with bench and bar voters moved up from 3.5 to 3.7.

Several specialty programs were nationally ranked, including Dispute Resolution: No. 11; Intellectual Property Law: No. 12; and Clinical Training: No. 15.

In the specialty rankings for “Best Business Schools,” U.S. News ranked Fordham’s Graduate School of Business Administration (GBA) in the top 25 in finance, management and marketing: Finance ranked at No. 16; management ranked No. 21 for the first time; and marketing ranked No. 22, after having placed 23rd for the two previous years.