Washington Monthly Names Truman Top Master’s University in the Nation

An authentic commitment to social mobility, research and service, combined with the success of its graduates, has placed Truman at the top of another national ranking.

In its September/October 2016 issue, the Washington Monthly recognized Truman as the No. 1 master’s university in the nation. Truman was the only Missouri school to be included in the entire top 100.

The Washington Monthly rankings are unique in that they place an importance on social mobility, research and service. Along with traditional benchmarks such as graduation rates and costs, schools are rewarded for criteria including the number of first-generation students enrolled and the number of students contributing to community service projects, serving in ROTC and going on to serve in the Peace Corps. Additionally, Washington Monthly looks at the number of bachelor’s recipients who go on to earn a Ph.D. and the success rates and earning potential of students 10 years after enrollment.

“As the social and economic landscapes continue to change, the importance and value of a Truman education have become very clear,” University President Dr. Susan L. Thomas said. “A liberal arts and sciences education is second to none in preparing students to become leaders who thrive in the complexities of an advanced, technical and multicultural world and achieve great personal and professional success.”

Truman’s ascension to the No. 1 spot on the master’s university list comes after back-to-back years as the No. 2 school in overall rankings.

Truman’s affordability led to another distinction in this year’s ranking. In the “Best Bang for the Buck” category, Truman was recognized as the No. 3 public school, and No. 9 overall, in the Midwest region.

Washington Monthly is a bimonthly nonprofit magazine covering politics, government, culture and the media. The college guide and rankings appear in the magazine’s September/October issue and can be found online at washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide.