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Several UMass Amherst Graduate Programs Earn National Recognition in 2024 US News & World Report Rankings

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Graduate programs in several disciplines at the University of Massachusetts Amherst rank among the best in the country as reported in the 2024 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools.

Each year, U.S. News ranks more than 800 institutions with a variety of graduate programs in six prominent fields: business, nursing, education, engineering, law and medicine. This year, the engineering, clinical psychology and medical program rankings will be published at a later date. 

In addition, rankings are published periodically for a selection of other disciplines; this year, new updated rankings were published for graduate programs in public affairs, computer science and health fields, including speech-language pathology, public health and clinical psychology. 

The UMass Amherst rankings for 2024 include: 

  • The Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences ranks the same as last year at No. 24 and also ranks in most of the sub-specialties: artificial intelligence at No. 16, programming language at No. 23 and systems at No. 23. 
  • The School of Public Health and Health Sciences climbed 14 spots from last year to No. 29, and it also ranks No. 44 in speech-language pathology. 
  • The School of Public Policy ranks No. 52 in public affairs programs. 
  • The College of Education ranks No. 79, up from No. 83 last year. 
  • The Isenberg School of Management’s full-time MBA program moved up 14 spots to No. 72 in the Best Business Schools rankings and the part-time MBA program is ranked No. 45, up two spots from last year.  This year’s methodology placed more emphasis on earnings, facilitated by a new ranking factor that assessed how each school’s post-graduate salaries across different professions compared with other schools’ post-graduate salaries in those professions.

Rankings of other graduate programs were not updated this year, but they were republished in the new guide. They include: 

  • In the natural sciences—chemistry at No. 51; geology/earth sciences: No. 47; mathematics: No. 55; and physics: No. 55. 
  • In the natural and life sciences—biological sciences at No. 74, biostatistics at No. 31, psychology at No. 51 and statistics at No. 51. 
  • Fine arts at No. 89. 
  • In the social sciences and humanities—English at No. 41, history at No. 48, political science at No. 56, economics at No. 79, and sociology at No. 29, with the sex and gender studies program ranked No. 8.