Minneapolis—August 14, 2006— Walden University, an accredited online institution with a significant and growing percentage of multicultural students, continues its proud tradition of providing diversity and access for adult learners. According to the 2006 Top Graduate Degree Producers analysis by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Walden University ranks high on the list across numerous multicultural segments and degree programs.

In this comprehensive analysis of historically black colleges and universities and also of traditionally white institutions, Diverse ranked Walden a top producer of master’s and doctorate minority graduates in the following disciplines:


  • Education – Total Minority Master’s – (No. 10)
  • Education – American-Indian Master’s – (No. 10)
  • Education – African-American Master’s – (No. 11)
  • Education – Asian-American Master’s – (No. 16)
  • Education – Hispanic Master’s – (No. 19)


  • Business – African-American Doctorate – (No. 7)
  • Psychology – African-American Doctorate – (No. 8)
  • Psychology – Total Minority Doctorate – (No. 11)
  • Business – Total Minority Doctorate – (No. 12)
  • Psychology – Hispanic Doctorate – (No. 18)

The analysis considered graduate degrees awarded during the 2004–2005 academic year and is based on data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

“The Diverse: Issues in Higher Education rankings are a reflection of Walden University’s mission of expanding access to graduate education, which ensures diversity among our student body and faculty,” said Paula E. Peinovich, PhD, president and provost of Walden. “In doing so, Walden continues to stay true to its mission of effecting positive social change across disciplines and multicultural groups.”

Walden University, with a mission of promoting positive social change, is dedicated to the education of leaders who are change agents in their professions and communities. Long known for success in providing access to adult professional students from all walks of life, Walden has consistently ranked at the top of the list of institutions granting graduate degrees to multicultural student populations.

Through first-rate degree programs and specializations, Walden creates master’s and doctoral degrees dedicated to addressing specific needs of the social and behavioral sciences. Walden’s recent accomplishments include receiving Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation for its MS program in Nursing, launching the first online School of Public Policy and Administration, and creating a criminal justice specialization for master’s and doctoral degrees in public administration.

About Walden University
Since 1970, Walden University has offered working professionals the opportunity to earn advanced degrees through distance learning. Today, this comprehensive, accredited online university offers master’s and doctoral degrees in education, psychology, management, public policy and administration, and health and human services, as well as master’s programs in engineering and IT and bachelor’s completion programs in business. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.hlcommission.org; 312-263-0456.

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