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U-M graduate schools continue to receive top rankings
in annual report

Related story:
Medical School moves into top 10>

The University continues to be a leader in higher education in the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of the nation's best graduate schools.

Among the programs ranked each year in America's Best Graduate Schools—business, education, engineering, law and medicine—U-M maintained top-10 rankings in four of five. The University also is in the top 10 in 38 specialties. Health care management remained in the top position. All told, 28 of the 38 specialties either improved their positions or remained the same.

The School of Education moved up three notches, from a ranking of ninth in 2006 to sixth this year. The Stephen M. Ross School of Business (11th) and Law School (eighth) held their previous positions, while the College of Engineering dropped from sixth to ninth. The Medical School tied for 10th with Baylor College of Medicine and Columbia University for research and was 45th (tied with Mayo Medical School, University of Arkansas, University of Florida and University of Utah) in the primary care category.

Among the graduate programs ranked less often by U.S. News, the School of Nursing shows up fifth this year (tied with University of North Carolina (UNC)-Chapel Hill), down from third in 2006. The School of Public Health stayed at fifth. In biological sciences, U-M tied for 15th with Columbia University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, down from 12th. In chemistry, U-M tied for 16th with Penn State University, Princeton and UNC-Chapel Hill, up one spot from the previous year.

Other newly issued rankings include:

Business specialties: accounting (3), entrepreneurship (8), executive MBA (6), international (6), management (3), marketing (5), nonprofit (5), part-time MBA (7) and production/operations (4).

Education specialties: curriculum/instruction (6), educational psychology (3), educational policy (6), elementary education (8), higher education administration (2) and secondary education (9).

Engineering specialties: aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical (4), biomedical/bioengineering (10), civil (7), computer engineering (6), electrical/electronic/communications (6), environmental (6), industrial/manufacturing (6), materials (9), mechanical (5) and nuclear (2).

Law specialties: clinical training (9), international law (7) and legal writing (7).

Medical specialties: family medicine (4), geriatrics (5), internal medicine (8) and women's health (6).

Details on the ranking methodologies and additional rankings are available online at

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