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U-M holding strong in graduate school rankings

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

Among the programs ranked this year—business, education, engineering, law and medicine—U-M schools and colleges all maintain their top-10 rankings as published in the magazine's 2006 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." Programs are not ranked each year, so not all colleges appear on this year's list.

The annual rankings show little variation over time for U-M programs. This year both education and engineering climbed slightly, with the College of Engineering ranked 6th, up from 8th last year, and the School of Education up one notch, from 10th to 9th. The Stephen M. Ross School of Business maintains its rank of 10th, while the Law School slips from 7th to 8th, and the School of Medicine from 7th to 9th for research, and 23rd to 27th in the primary care category.

In addition to the main program rankings, U-M was rated on 74 specialties. Of those, three are ranked 1st: Higher education administration (holding this place nationally for many years), American politics, and a new category in psychology, "behavioral neuroscience."

Among the graduate programs ranked less often by U.S. News & World Report, the College of Pharmacy shows up 4th this year—tied with Purdue, and the universities of Arizona and Minnesota-Twin Cities—down from 3rd in 1999.

Five programs in LSA not ranked since 2001 were on the list: Psychology remains 2nd, tied with the University of California, Berkeley; sociology continues its ranking of 3rd; economics remains 11th, tied with Columbia, UCLA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison; political science is 3rd, down from 2nd; English ranks 12th—tied with Duke and the University of Virginia—down from 11th; and history is 7th—tied with Columbia—down from 5th.

Altogether, 43 of the 74 ranked University specialties either stayed the same or climbed in the rankings. Twenty-five U-M programs are in the top five nationally, including all five of the specialties in psychology.

Richard Gonzales, professor of psychology and department chair, says the program in behavioral neuroscience includes faculty in biopsychology and at the Mental Health Research Institute.

"As part of the Neuroscience Initiative at the University, we have been building strength in the neurosciences and we have had good success at bringing a strong group of researchers together in behavioral neurosciences as well as top graduate students," Gonzales says. "All involved in the program are gratified to hear that this is reflected in the rankings of U.S. News & World Report."

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