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U-M holds strong in U.S. News graduate school rankings

The University continues to demonstrate its leadership in higher education as measured by the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings of the nation's graduate schools released April 2.

The School of Social Work maintained its No. 1 national ranking, as did the School of Education's Higher Education Administration program in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. Social Work has been ranked in the top spot by U.S. News since 1994.

"I'm so proud of the school's faculty, students, staff and alumni. This ranking is a great testament to the quality and level of research, teaching and service at the school, and the kind of students and professionals who learn and work in this vibrant, exciting University," says Paula Allen-Meares, dean and Norma Radin Collegiate Professor of Social Work, and professor of education

All of the schools and colleges newly ranked placed in the top 10, along with 35 specialties among the various disciplines.

The Medical School rose to 7th in the nation for research and was 23rd (tied with the University of California, Los Angeles and Wake Forest) in the primary care category. The Law School was ranked 7th.

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy ranked 8th as measured in the U.S. News umbrella category of public affairs, while the Ford School ranked 3rd among schools doing public policy analysis, and was in the top five in three substantive fields, including a second-place ranking in social policy.

U.S. News ranked the College of Engineering 8th, while both schools of Business and Education were 10th in the nation.

Paul N. Courant, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, says the rankings confirm once again that the University is one of the finest in the nation.

"This gratifying recognition of the accomplishments of our faculty and students is something of which we can all be proud," he says. "However, I think it is important to recall that no simple set of statistics can capture adequately the nuanced strengths and weaknesses of individual graduate and professional programs, nor of the University overall."

Indeed, Courant says, the University offers an excellence of scale and scope that few institutions in the world can match. "I urge prospective students to use many sources of information in choosing professional and graduate programs, and to consider carefully the match between what they seek and what different universities can provide."

Rankings among the schools and colleges basically were comparable to previous years. Business, education, law and medicine are given new national rankings each year. The University rose in the rankings for business (10 from 13) and medicine (7 from 8). U.S. News ranks other disciplines every three or four years. Social work maintained its No.1 from a 2000 ranking; clinical psychology, last measured in 2001 at No. 19, moved up to the rank of 15 this year.

Law retained its No. 7 ranking, while education slipped slightly from 8 to 10, engineering from 7 to 8, public policy from 7 to 8 in the broad public affairs category and medical primary care from 22 to 23.

Other newly issued rankings include:

Business specialties: accounting (5), entrepreneurship (9), executive MBA (7), part-time MBA (8), international (6), marketing (7), nonprofit (8), production/operations (6) and supply chain/logistics (9).

Education specialties: administration/supervision (10), curriculum/instruction (9), educational psychology (3), education policy (4), elementary education (8) and secondary education (11).

Engineering Specialties: aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical (4), biomedical/bioengineering (10), chemical (13), civil (7), computer engineering (7), electrical/electronic (6), environmental/environmental health (4), industrial/manufacturing (2), materials (7) and mechanical (5).

Medical Specialties: women's health (5), drug/alcohol abuse (11), family medicine (5), geriatrics (5), internal medicine (8), AIDS (22) and pediatrics (14).

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

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