AMHERST, Mass. - Graduate programs in business, education, engineering, computer science, psychology, nursing and speech pathology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are among the best in the country, according to recently released rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Of more than 140 business schools surveyed, the Isenberg School of Management ranked 60th. Rankings are based on expert opinion about program excellence and statistical indicators to measure the quality of faculty, research and students. U.S. News & World Report surveyed more than 400 business schools offering an accredited master’s program during fall 2010 and early 2011. Of these, 142 provided the data needed to calculate full-time M.B.A. rankings. Of the 251 graduate programs in education evaluated, UMass Amherst ranked 50th. The campus was rated higher than three other institutions in the Northeast: Boston University, SUNY at Albany and the University of Maine. In the sciences, the following UMass Amherst programs are recognized: • Of 198 engineering schools surveyed, UMass Amherst ranked 52nd. Among engineering specialties ranked as the best by school department heads across the nation, the campus ranked 30th in chemical engineering, 34th in environmental engineering, 36th in computer engineering, 38th in industrial engineering, 41st in civil engineering, 46th in electrical/electronic engineering and 59th in mechanical engineering. UMass Amherst ranked ahead of five public and private institutions in the Northeast, including Northeastern, Stony Brook, Connecticut, Tufts and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. • Of 155 computer science programs surveyed, UMass Amherst ranked 20th. In addition, the department’s artificial intelligence specialty ranked 8th among the top 10 in the nation. • Of the schools surveyed, the UMass Amherst psychology department is ranked 50th. • Of the schools surveyed, UMass Amherst’s speech and language pathology department is ranked 30th, while the nursing school is ranked 64th. Among nursing schools in New England, UMass Amherst ranked above UConn, UMass Dartmouth and UMass Worcester. To develop the science program rankings, U.S. News & World Report sent surveys to department heads and directors of graduate studies at schools that awarded at least five doctoral degrees for the years from 2003 through 2008. They were asked to rate the quality of the program at each institution with which they were familiar.