AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst is 117th among research universities worldwide in 2017 Best Global Universities published by U.S. News & World Report.
The rankings also include 22 broad subject areas, where the university is 8th worldwide in agricultural sciences.
The third annual Best Global Universities ranking was expanded from 750 universities in 57 countries last year to the top 1,000 institutions in 65 nations. Universities are ranked based on 12 indicators that measure overall academic research performance and global and regional reputations, not on separate undergraduate or graduate programs.
In subject rankings for 2017, UMass Amherst was 8th in agricultural science; 45th in arts and humanities; 48th in space science and 96th in chemistry. There are 22 subject rankings, but universities are not necessarily ranked in all.
Subject areas are considered broadly in the rankings. For example, arts and humanities includes archaeology, language and linguistics, and performing arts. Agricultural sciences include horticulture, food science and nutrition, dairy science and agronomy. Environment and ecology includes subjects such as environmental health, environmental monitoring and management and climate change. Space science includes astronomy and astrophysics, celestial bodies and other subjects related to the study of the universe.
Other 2017 subject rankings for UMass Amherst were: 103rd in environment and ecology; 125th in physics; 143rd in plant and animal science; 148th in materials science; 151st in social sciences and public health; 168th in computer science; 171st in psychiatry/psychology; 173rd in economics and business; 190th in biology and biochemistry and 320th in engineering.