Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, April 15, 2010

U-M remains strong in magazine's
graduate school rankings

The university continues to be recognized for its academic strength nationally in the latest U.S News & World Report rankings of graduate programs.

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Among the programs ranked each year — business, education, engineering, law and medicine — U-M maintained top-14 rankings in the magazine’s 2010 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” released Wednesday.

The annual rankings show consistently high rankings for U-M programs:

• The Medical School’s research ranking rose to sixth in the nation, up five spots from last year, and its primary-care ranking dropped to 14th from 12th.

• The College of Engineering climbed to eighth from ninth.

• The Stephen M. Ross School of Business rose to 12th from 13th.

• The School of Education (14th) and the Law School (ninth) maintained their previous positions.

In addition to the main program rankings, U-M was rated on 39 specialties. Of those, three were ranked first: higher education administration, nuclear engineering and geology. All told, 29 of the 39 specialties in which U-M is ranked either improved their positions or stayed the same.

Many specialties did not receive new rankings this year. But among those that did, U-M was ranked as follows:

• Business specialties: accounting (4), executive MBA (8), international (4), management (6), marketing (8), nonprofit (6), part-time MBA (3), production/operations (5), supply chain/logistics (10).

• Education specialties: curriculum/instruction (6), educational psychology (2), educational policy (9), elementary education (9), higher education administration (1) and secondary education (5).

• Engineering specialties: aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical (5), civil (8), electrical/electronic/communications (7), environmental (6), industrial/manufacturing (2), materials (7), mechanical (5) and nuclear (1).

• Law specialties: clinical training (7), intellectual property law (7), international law (6).

• Medical specialties: family medicine (4), geriatrics (4) internal medicine (7), women’s health (10).

• Biological sciences overall (20), tied with University of California, Davis; University of Pennsylvania, and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center-Dallas.

• Chemistry overall (16); specialties: analytical (7).

• Computer science overall (13).

• Earth sciences overall (9); specialties: geochemistry (4); geology (1); paleontology (5).

• Mathematics overall (8); specialties: algebra/number theory/algebraic geometry (6); analysis (8); discrete mathematics and combinations (4); geometry (9); topology (9).

• Physics overall (11), tied with Columbia and Yale.

• Statistics overall (12), tied with North Carolina State University, Texas A&M, University of Pennsylvania and University of Wisconsin-Madison.