Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

U-M graduate schools continue to receive top rankings

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

 

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

Among the programs ranked each year in the "Best Graduate Schools" — business, education, engineering, law and medicine — U-M maintained top-14 rankings in all five categories in the 2014 edition released today.

This year's rankings continue to show consistently high rankings for U-M programs.

• The Law School rose to ninth in the nation, up one spot from 10th.

• The Medical School's research ranking rose to eighth, up two spots from last year, and its primary care ranking stayed at eighth.

• The School of Education climbed one spot to 11th from 12th.

The College of Engineering (9) and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business (14) both dropped one spot from last year.

This year, U.S. News introduced a new numerical ranking category, Best Online Options, recognizing entirely online programs in which all three of U-M campuses received a ranking: Engineering (5) at Ann Arbor, Business (21) at Dearborn and Nursing (3) at Flint.

Several programs not ranked since 2009 were on the list, including:

• Economics (13)
• English (13)
• History (7)
• Political Science (4)
• Psychology (4)
• Sociology (4)
• Library and Information Studies (4)

In addition to the main program rankings, U-M was rated on 66 specialties. Of those, five were ranked first: higher education administration; social psychology; sociology of population; archives and preservation; and information systems. Overall, U-M’s ranking either improved or stayed the same in 49 of the 66 specialties.

Other new rankings include:

• Business specialties: accounting (5), entrepreneurship (7), executive MBA (8), finance (11), international (4), management (6), marketing (8), part-time MBA (6), production/operations (5), supply chain/logistics (9).

• Education specialties: curriculum/instruction (6), educational psychology (3), educational policy (6), elementary education (6), higher education administration (1) and secondary education (2).

• Engineering specialties: aerospace (3), biomedical (10), civil (7), computer (5), electrical/electronic (7), environmental (4), industrial/manufacturing (2), materials (9), mechanical (5) and nuclear (2).

• Law specialties: clinical training (6) and international law (9).

• Medical specialties: family medicine (8), geriatrics (7), internal medicine (6) and women's health (7).

• Economic specialties: international economics (6), labor economics (6) and public finance (5).

• English specialties: American literature after 1865 (10), American literature before 1865 (10), gender literature (3) and medieval/renaissance literature (10).

• History specialties: African history (2), African-American history (3), Asian history (9), cultural history (2), European history (3), Latin American history (6), modern U.S. history (6), U.S. Colonial history (7), and women’s history (3).

• Political Science specialties: American politics (3), comparative politics (7), international politics (6), political theory (13) and political methodology (3).

• Psychology specialties: behavioral neuroscience (3), cognitive psychology (5), development psychology (2) and social psychology (1).

• Sociology specialties: economic sociology (7), historical sociology (3), sex and gender (5), social stratification (3) and sociology of population (1).

• Library and Information Studies specialties: archives and preservation (1), digital librarianship (4), and health librarianship (4) and information systems (1).