QS World University Subject Rankings Place 17 UMass Amherst Programs Among Top 200 Globally

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst ranks among the top 200 programs worldwide in 17 academic disciplines, according to the QS World University Subject Rankings released Feb. 26.

The company evaluated 3,002 universities around the globe and ranked 689 institutions in 30 subject areas based on academic and employer reputation surveys, citations per faculty indicators and an H-index that attempts to measure both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar according to the most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications.

For a second straight year, UMass Amherst’s linguistics department is ranked No. 8 in the world.

UMass Amherst is also ranked 11th in agriculture and forestry, reflecting the campus’ strengths in resource economics, environmental conservation, food science, and veterinary and animal sciences. Last year, UMass Amherst was ranked 44th.

The rankings moved UMass Amherst into the top 100 universities for chemistry, where the school is also ranked for chemical engineering and materials science.

In the area of earth and marine science, UMass Amherst is among the top 150 universities. For the first time, UMass Amherst’s sociology department is ranked, placing among the leading 150 programs.

UMass Amherst is newly ranked in modern languages, politics and international studies, and statistics and operational research, with all three areas listed among the top 200 in the world. In the area of physics and astronomy, UMass Amherst moved up to the top 200 programs.

Other UMass Amherst programs ranked among the top 200 are computer science, English language and literature, philosophy, geography, communication and media studies, and economics and econometrics.

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