U.S. News & World Report releases latest graduate rankings


The University of Michigan remains one of the premier universities in the country for graduate education, according to the 2024-25 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools.

The rankings were released April 9.

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.

Here’s a snapshot of U-M’s rankings that are part of this year’s announcement:

  • The School of Social Work ranked No. 1.
  • The College of Pharmacy ranked No. 2. 
  • The Marsal Family School of Education ranked No. 3.   
  • The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy ranked No. 4.  
  • The School of Public Health ranked No. 5. 
  • The School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program ranked No. 8, and its master’s degree program ranked No. 7.
  • The Stephen M. Ross School of Business ranked No. 12.

The rankings do not include engineering or clinical psychology programs. U.S. News & World Report announced it was delaying the release of that information this year so it could “appropriately address queries from participating graduate schools.”

In addition, U-M’s law and medical schools no longer participate in the U.S. News & World Report graduate rankings.

According to U.S. News, the 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 lists 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 received rankings in several specialty areas. Of those, social policy placed No. 1.

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

Business (full-time MBA): accounting (4), management (2), marketing (3), production operations (3), international (9), finance (9), executive MBA (9), entrepreneurship (6) and supply chain (10).

For part-time MBA programs, the Stephen M. Ross School of Business ranked sixth, UM-Dearborn ranked 110 and UM-Flint ranked 143rd.

Computer science: artificial intelligence (11), programming language (16), systems (7) and theory (15).  

Education: curriculum and instruction (3), educational administration (9), education policy (5), education psychology (2), elementary teacher education (3), higher education administration (2) and secondary teacher education (2).

Nursing: Master’s Nurse Practitioner – family (6), Master’s Nurse Practitioner – adult gerontology/primary care (8), midwifery (6), Master’s Nurse Practitioner – adult gerontology/acute care (7), Doctor of Nursing Practice – family (6), Doctor of Nursing Practice – adult gerontology/primary care (3).

Public affairs: environmental policy and management (5), health policy and management (2), public policy analysis (2) and social policy (1).

Public health: environmental health science (6), epidemiology (5), health policy and management (3), social behavior (6) and biostatistics (4).  

In addition to the rankings noted above, UM-Flint ranked No. 126 in occupational therapy, No. 92 in physical therapy, and No. 61 in nursing anesthesia.


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