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


Editor’s note: This article has been updated with additional information about program specialties in which U-M was ranked.

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

Among the programs ranked each year in America’s Best Graduate Schools — business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing — U-M maintained top-15 rankings in all six categories.

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The annual list shows consistently high rankings for U-M programs:

• The Medical School’s research ranking rose to 10th in the nation, up two spots from last year, and its primary-care ranking moved up three spots to fifth.

• The College of Engineering ranked sixth, climbing two spots from last year. 

• The Stephen M. Ross School of Business maintained its previous ranking at No. 11.

• The Law School dropped one spot to 11th.

• The School of Education dropped three spots to 11th.

• In its first year of statistical ranking, the School of Nursing is sixth in the nation, the same ranking it earned when last ranked in 2011, on reputation only.

U.S. News also published new rankings, based on peer assessment only, for graduate areas in health, which were last ranked in 2011. These schools and programs are only ranked every three years. The School of Public Health and its Health Care Management program maintained their previous rankings of fourth and first, respectively.

For the third year, U.S. News ranked Best Online Programs recognizing entirely online programs. U-M rankings in this area are:

• Business MBA ranked 57th, up one spot from No. 58. (UM-Dearborn).

• Engineering ranked ninth, down from No. 7. (UM-Ann Arbor).

In addition to the main program rankings, U-M was rated on 41 specialties. Of those, higher education administration and nuclear engineering were ranked first. Nursing administration and industrial/manufacturing engineering were ranked second.

All told, 35 of the 41 specialties in which U-M is ranked either improved their positions or stayed the same.

Many specialties did not receive new rankings this year. But among those that did, U-M was ranked as follows:

• Business specialties — accounting (7), entrepreneurship (7), executive MBA (6), finance (9), international (4), management (3), marketing (6), part-time MBA (6), production/operations (3) and supply chain/logistics (9).

• Education specialties — administration/supervision (12), curriculum/instruction (5), education policy (7), educational psychology (3), elementary education (4), higher education administration (1) and secondary education (3).

• Engineering specialties — aerospace (4), civil (7), computer (6), electrical/electronic (7), environmental (4), industrial/manufacturing (2), materials (10), mechanical (5) and nuclear (1).

• Law specialties — clinical training (13), international law (8) and tax law (13).

• Medical specialties — AIDS (16), family medicine (7), geriatrics (4), internal medicine (7), pediatrics (12) and women’s health (7).

• Nursing specialties — administration (2), nurse practitioner — adult/gerontology, primary care (3), nurse midwifery (10), nurse practitioner — adult/gerontology, acute care (10), nurse practitioner — family (3), and nurse practitioner — primary care (9).



  1. Matthew Henny
    on March 11, 2015 at 10:50 am

    As a dental school alumni, why isn’t it mentioned in the rankings?
    Mattew T. Henny, D.D.S.

    • Kim Broekhuizen
      on March 11, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      The story above only includes new rankings. Not all programs are ranked annually. Programs ranked in previous years are not highlighted in the story.

  2. Erin Kivo
    on March 11, 2015 at 10:58 am

    I didn’t see mention of the fact that UM ranks #1 for their master of social work program — why not?!

    • Kim Broekhuizen
      on March 11, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      The story above only includes new rankings. Not all programs are ranked annually. Programs ranked in previous years are not highlighted in the story.

  3. April Carcone
    on March 11, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Why is the #1 School of Social Work not mentioned???

    • Kim Broekhuizen
      on March 11, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      The story above only includes new rankings. Not all programs are ranked annually. Programs ranked in previous years are not highlighted in the story.

  4. Joe Zurawski
    on March 11, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Why isn’t there a link to the source article???????

    • Aaron Bennett
      on March 11, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      If it’s like previous years, it’s because the source article is behind a pay wall.

  5. John Spores
    on March 18, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Yes, this is two years in succession there is no mention of what is consistently the highest ranking of all UM graduate programs–Social Work. I read the reasons why it may not be mentioned this year, but I don’t recall it EVER being highlighted in these annual summaries from UM. As a proud graduate of both the MSW and SW/Soc Science PhD programs, I suggest it is time for those who do these publicity pieces, to stand up and take notice.

    on April 19, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I would like to know about environmental studies and geography.

  7. no body
    on May 8, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    sad to realize that the overall trend is going down. when i was in AA, those colleges were ranked 4-7, then down, then many 11 today.

  8. jeet singh
    on July 6, 2015 at 12:00 am

    can u plz tell me abt the marine engineering grad program in UM

  9. Mohamed Mohamed
    on September 20, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    pls i want to study PHD in Curriculum and Instruction is there any fellowship or scholarship for me iam from Egypt with Master of Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from UAE University with GPA 3.6 ilets 6.0

    • l y
      on October 18, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      never think about it

  10. bereket weldetensae
    on November 4, 2015 at 9:00 am

    i need to join your college with agricultural engineering

  11. Ifeanyi Egbule
    on November 12, 2015 at 5:04 am

    I want to know more about Masters Degree in Law related courses that i can under go, i am a graduate of English/Education

    on January 13, 2016 at 4:41 am

    Any fellowship or scholarship to study phD in wildlife biology? Im a staff on training in Department of Biological Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria – Nigeria

  13. Frank Baala
    on January 19, 2016 at 3:37 am

    I am from Ghana and i want to know if there is any opportunity for a graduate program in film making or communication studies.

    on February 5, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    hi my name is robson and i am brazilan

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