Top US graduate schools

U.S. News annually ranks the best graduate schools in the US in the following categories: business, education, engineering, law, medicine, and nursing. These are elite schools with great reputations, earning top rankings among nearly 2,000 programmes evaluated. Occasionally, U.S. News will publish a ranking of top schools in science, social science and humanities, health, or any number of other disciplines.

Here are the five top graduate schools per field of study that the latest U.S. News ranking lists. Follow the links to review the complete rankings.

Business

#1   Harvard University (MA, US)

#1   University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School (PA, US)

#3   University of Chicago – Booth School of Business (IL, US)

#4   Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management (MA, US)

#4   Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management (IL, US)

#4   Stanford University (CA, US)

Education

#1   Harvard University (MA, US)

#2   Stanford University (CA, US)

#3   University of California – Los Angeles (CA, US)

#3   University of Pennsylvania (PA, US)

#3   University of Wisconsin – Madison (WI, US)

Engineering

#1   Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA, US)

#2   Stanford University (CA, US)

#3   University of California – Berkeley (CA, US)

#4   California Institute of Technology (CA, US)

#5   Carnegie Mellon University (PA, US)

#5   University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (MI, US)

Law

#1   Yale University (CT, US)

#2   Stanford University (CA, US)

#3   Harvard University (MA, US)

#4   University of Chicago (IL, US)

#5   Columbia University (NY, US)

Medicine: research

#1   Harvard University (MA, US)

#2   Stanford University (CA, US)

#3   Johns Hopkins University (MD, US)

#4   University of California – San Francisco (CA, US)

#5   University of Pennsylvania – Perelman School of Medicine (PA, US)

Medicine: primary care

#1   University of Washington (WA, US)

#2   University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (NC, US)

#3   University of California – San Francisco (CA, US)

#4   Oregon Health and Science University (OR, US)

#5   University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (MI, US)

Nursing

#1   Duke University (NC, US)

#2   Johns Hopkins University (MD, US)

#3   University of Pennsylvania (PA, US)

#4   Emory University (GA, US)

#5   Ohio State University (OH, US)

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The U.S. News Ranking Methodology

To create the ranking of graduate schools, U.S. News performed a statistical analysis of 1,970 programmes in six disciplines based on several key indicators, such as faculty-student ratio or starting salaries for graduates. It also administered 16,500 surveys to academics and professionals to collect opinions regarding programme excellence.

Finally, a piece of advice. To make the critical decisions regarding graduate school selection, first list what matters most to you. Then check out the methodologies of different rankings and the weight attributed to the criteria that are important for you. Only then look at the ranking listings to identify universities and B-schools that are a good option for you.

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