Azusa Pacific University again secured a top ranking among schools nationwide in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers 2011 issue. For several years now, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education has produced the Top 100 Degree Producers rankings of the universities that award the most degrees to minority students. APU ranked 6th out of 100 universities for awarding Hispanic master's degrees in the education category and 10th for awarding Asian American master's degrees in the psychology category. APU also ranked 65th for total minority master's degrees awarded across all disciplines, up from 66th in 2010.

The annual rankings are based on preliminary data from universities that conferred master's degrees during the 2009-2010 school year. APU awarded degrees to 274 Hispanic students in 2009-10, or approximately 22 percent of the university's total master's degree recipients. Among the highlights, APU ranked high in the following categories:

Master's Degrees (Education)

  • Hispanic – 6th
  • Asian American – 20th
  • American Indian – 13th
  • Total Minority – 11th

Master's Degrees (All Disciplines)

  • Hispanic – 17th
  • Total Minority – 65th

Master's Degrees (Psychology)

  • Hispanic – 17th

Master's Degrees (Social Sciences)

  • Hispanic – 32nd

“These rankings reflect the university's strong commitment to diversity,” said Mark Stanton, Ph.D., provost. “At APU, we want to create an environment that allows students to engage with a diverse faculty and curriculum as they prepare to become world citizens."

For more information or a complete listing of this year's results, visit

Rachel White
Associate Director of Public Relations
(626) 815-4502 |