UMass Amherst Graduate Programs Earn National Rankings from U.S. News & World Report

AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate programs in education, engineering, nursing, management, computer sciences, public health, fine arts and public policy are nationally ranked in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools.”         

According to the newest rankings, the College of Education ranks 42nd among 255 schools, while the College of Engineering is 57th in a field of 194 institutions. The Isenberg School of Management ranks 75th out of 379 business schools.

The 2017 edition of the rankings, released March 16, also lists several UMass Amherst programs for the first time, including the College of Nursing’s online doctor of nursing practice (38); art, architecture and art history (82), and the program in public policy and administration (86).

The revised rankings also include eight specialty areas within the College of Engineering: chemical engineering (36); civil (46); computer (42); electrical/ electronic/ communications (51); environmental/ environmental health (38); industrial/ manufacturing/ systems (36); materials (33) and mechanical (65).

The master’s degree program in the College of Nursing is ranked 48th among 259 programs.

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences’ audiology program is 30th and speech-language pathology is 39th. The clinical psychology program in the College of Natural Sciences is 50th.

The Isenberg School of Management’s online MBA was ranked 12th nationally earlier this year by U.S. News. The latest online rankings also include non-MBA graduate business (68), master’s in education (104), and master’s in nursing (49).

The 2017 guide reiterates other rankings that are not measured each year. These include the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and the College of Information and Computer Sciences, which are both ranked 25th.

As noted in last year’s guide, the part-time MBA program in the Isenberg School of Management is 16th nationally.

Also in the College of Natural Sciences, which was in the 2015 guide, biological sciences was ranked 55th; chemistry, 56th; earth science, 49th; mathematics 60th, and physics, 50th.

In addition, the artificial intelligence specialty in the College of Information and Computer Sciences is ranked 12th.   

Other rankings that are the latest in their fields include: English, 50th; history 60th; sociology, 31st; political science, 68th, and psychology, 46th, all in the 2014 edition.

Two specialties within sociology were highly ranked in their latest round, the 2014 edition: sex and gender, 8th, and sociology of population, 15th.

Each year U.S. News & World Report ranks professional school programs in a number of fields, including business, education and engineering. The rankings are based on expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. The latest rankings come from surveys of administrators at more that 1,900 programs and of more than 18,400 academics and professionals, conducted during the fall of 2015 and early 2016.

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