KU's programs in special education and city management and urban policy received the top honor.
In addition, KU's graduate program in public management and administration was ranked seventh, and the KU Medical Center's occupational therapy program was eighth. The university's public affairs master's programs ranked seventh overall among public institutions.
The magazine ranks a handful of disciplines each year. This year's rankings were in education, business, law, medicine and engineering.
KU now has 20 programs that are ranked in the top 30 in the country. The new edition hits newsstands Monday.