U-M graduate programs ranked among country’s best


The University of Michigan remains one of the top universities in the country for graduate education, according to the 2023-24 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools.

The rankings released April 25 include several U-M schools and colleges that scored within the top 10 in their discipline categories.

Every year, U.S. News ranks professional school programs in six areas: business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing.

It also periodically ranks programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities, health and other areas. Only those programs that were ranked this year are included below.

Here’s a snapshot of U-M’s rankings:

  • The Marsal Family School of Education ranked No. 1.    
  • The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy ranked No. 4.   
  • The School of Public Health ranked No. 5.  
  • The College of Engineering ranked No. 7.
  • The Stephen M. Ross School of Business ranked No. 8.   
  • The School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program ranked No. 6, and its master’s degree program ranked No. 8.

The rankings do not include law or medical schools. U.S. News & World Report announced it was delaying the release of that information this year due to “an unprecedented number of inquiries from schools during the initial embargo period and verification of publicly available data.”

According to U.S. News, rankings for the six main discipline areas are based on expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.

U-M officials said they are pleased that the university continues to be recognized as a leader in graduate education. They also noted that while U-M values the measurements of academic and research performance, rankings don’t consider all of the factors that contribute to the quality of an institution or program.

In addition to the overall program rankings, U-M was ranked in several specialty areas. Of those, three placed in the No. 1 spot: education psychology, higher education administration and nuclear engineering.

The specialties at U-M that received rankings this year were:

Business (full-time MBA): accounting (5), business analytics (13), finance (10), management (3), information systems (13), international (8), entrepreneurship (8), executive MBA (7), marketing (3), production operations (5), nonprofit (5), business analytics (13), project management (2), real estate (18) and supply chain (12).

For part-time MBA programs, the Ross School ranked seventh, UM-Dearborn ranked 102nd and UM-Flint ranked 180th.

Chemistry: analytical (6), biochemistry (12), inorganic (12), organic (11) and physical (19).

Computer science: artificial intelligence (10), programming language (18), systems (10) and theory (15).

Earth science: geochemistry (11), geology (10) and paleontology (3).

Education: curriculum and instruction (5), educational administration (7), education policy (7), education psychology (1), elementary teacher education (3), higher education administration (1) and secondary teacher education (4).

Engineering: aerospace (4), biomedical (9), chemical (10), civil (5), computer (7), electrical (4), environment (2), industrial (2), material (7), mechanical (5) and nuclear (1).

UM-Dearborn ranked in the following engineering specialties: biomedical (141), computer (98), electrical (137), industrial (75) and mechanical (124).

Healthcare management (3).

Mathematics: algebra (6), analysis (12), applied mathematics (13), discrete mathematics (10), geometry (11) and topology (9).

Nursing: Doctor of Nursing Practice – adult gerontology/acute care (8), Doctor of Nursing Practice – family (8), Master’s Nurse Practitioner – adult gerontology/acute care (7) and Master’s Nurse Practitioner – family (7).

Physics: condensed matter (16) and elementary particles (12).

Public affairs: environmental policy (5), health policy (2), leadership (35), local government management (24), nonprofit management (23), public policy analysis (2), social policy (2) and urban policy (22).

Public health: environmental health science (5), epidemiology (4), health policy and management (3), social behavior (5) and biostatistics (3).

In addition to the rankings noted above, UM-Dearborn ranked No. 198 in education, No. 185 in computer science, No. 177 in engineering and No. 166 in public affairs.

UM-Flint ranked No. 200 in public affairs and No. 136 in public health.  


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