Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

U-M remains strong in graduate school rankings

The university continues to fare well in the U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the nation's best graduate schools.

Among the programs ranked each year, education and law increased their rankings while engineering maintained a top-10 ranking, and business and medicine maintained top-20 rankings in the magazine's 2011 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools" released March 15.

The School of Education moved up five notches from a ranking of 14 in 2010 to ninth this year, and the Law School moved up two spots to seventh. The Stephen M. Ross School of Business (14th), College of Engineering (9th) and the Medical School (research 10 and primary care 20), all dropped slightly in the rankings.

In addition to the main program rankings, U-M was rated on 39 specialties. Of those, three were ranked second: educational psychology, higher education administration and industrial/manufacturing engineering. Nuclear engineering and healthcare management remained in first. All told, 28 of the 39 specialties in which U-M is ranked either improved their positions or stayed the same.

Other newly issued rankings include:

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

• Education specialties: curriculum/instruction (7), educational psychology (2), educational policy (8), elementary education (7), higher education administration (2) and secondary education (4).

• Engineering specialties: aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical (5), biomedical/bioengineering (12), chemical (13), civil (8), computer engineering (7), electrical/electronic/communications (7), environmental (6), industrial/manufacturing (2), materials (7), mechanical (5) and nuclear (1).

• Health specialties: healthcare management (1), nursing (6) and public health (4).

• Law specialties: clinical training (10) and international law (9).

• Medical specialties: family medicine (4), geriatrics (7), internal medicine (6) and women’s health (9).

Nursing specialties: adult nurse practitioner (4), family nurse practitioner (4), nursing service administration (3) and nursing-midwifery (10).

Details on the methodologies and additional rankings are available online at