Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Five U-M programs ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report

The university continues to demonstrate its leadership in higher education as measured by the U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings 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-14 rankings as published in the magazine’s 2009 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” released today.

The annual rankings show little variation over time for U-M programs. The Medical School’s primary care ranking moved up to 12th this year, up five spots from last year. Five are ranked first: nuclear engineering, American politics, social psychology, behavioral neuroscience and economic sociology. All told, 45 of the 59 specialties in which U-M is ranked either improved their positions or remained the same.

Six programs in LSA not ranked since 2005 were on the list: economics ranks 12th — tied with NYU; English ranks 13th — tied with John Hopkins; history continues its ranking of 7th; American politics ranks 4th — down from 3rd; psychology ranks 3rd — tied with UCLA and Yale; and sociology continues it ranking of 3rd. Of the nine History specialties, seven in which U-M is ranked improved their positions.

Other newly issued rankings include:

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

Education specialties: administration/supervision (10), curriculum/instruction (7), educational psych (3), educational policy (6), elementary education (10), higher education administration (2) and secondary education (7).

Engineering specialties: aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical (4), civil (7), computer engineering (6), electrical/electronic/communications (7), environmental (6), industrial/manufacturing (2), materials (6), mechanical (5) and nuclear (1).

Law specialties: clinical training (9), international law (7) and tax law (9).
Medical specialties: family medicine (3), geriatrics (5) and internal medicine (7).

Economic specialties: international economics (7), labor economics (6) and public finance (5).

English specialties: American Literature After 1865 (7) and gender and literature (3).

Details on the methodologies and additional rankings are available online at