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SAN DIEGO — San Diego’s three largest universities scored highly in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of graduate schools, which were released Tuesday.

Among the highest rankings for local schools:

  • UC San Diego ranked first in behavioral neuroscience, second in neuroscience and neurobiology and third in cognitive psychology
  • The University of San Diego was sixth for tax law
  • San Diego State University was 10th in rehabilitation counseling

“We are pleased U.S. News & World Report has once again rated UC San Diego’s graduate programs among the best in the nation,” said Chancellor Pradeep Khosla. “UC San Diego’s strong academic programs across diverse disciplines continue to demonstrate education and research of the highest caliber.”

In other rankings, UCSD was third in discrete mathematics and combinatorics, fourth in econometrics, fifth in international politics, seventh in multimedia and visual communications, seventh in plasma physics, ninth in public finance, and ninth in preventing and treating alcohol and drug abuse.

Mathematics and combinatorics is a discipline that encompasses the structures of integers, graphs and statements in logic, and the way they can be combined. Econometrics has to do with economic theory in relation to statistics and mathematics.

USD ranked 13th for its part-time law program and 30th in nursing.

San Diego State’s superlatives included 25th in speech-language pathology, 26th in clinical psychology, 27th in audiology, 39th in public health and 48th in health care management.

The publication reported that first-time enrollment in graduate schools dipped 1 percent from 2012 to 2013, despite a study that shows median monthly earnings for young adults with master’s degrees were 24 percent higher than for those with bachelor’s degrees.

Graduates with professional or doctoral degrees had earnings that were 51 percent higher, according to the magazine.

U.S. News & World Report’s methodology in compiling the rankings varied depending on the discipline. According to the publication, mean starting salaries and bonuses of graduates were taken into account for master’s of business administration graduates, while law schools were evaluated by practicing lawyers and judges.