UMass Amherst Graduate Programs in Engineering, Nursing, Science, Business, Education on 2015 Best Schools List

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing’s online graduate program is ranked 3rd in the nation in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools.”

The College of Engineering, which was ranked 60th overall, had eight of its specialties ranked among the top as well. The College of Natural Sciences scored with five of its departments and its School of Computer Science.

The 2015 edition of the rankings, released March 11, includes new information in some fields and reiterates other rankings that are not measured each year.

The Isenberg School of Management’s part-time MBA program was ranked 16th, and its online business program 27th. The College of Education was ranked 42nd in both its traditional and online programs. The College of Nursing traditional graduate program was ranked 64th.

College of Engineering specialty rankings are: chemical engineering, 31st; civil, 47th; computer 42nd; electrical/electronic/communications, 41st; environmental/environmental health, 40th; industrial/manufacturing/systems, 38th; materials, 39th and mechanical 79th.

In the College of Natural Sciences, biological sciences was ranked 55th; chemistry, 56th; earth science, 49th; math 60th, and physics, 50th. In addition, the School of Computer Science was ranked 25th and its artificial intelligence specialty, 12th.

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

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.

Within nursing, the following specialties were ranked: audiology, 29th; clinical psychology 47th, and speech-language pathology, 45th, all in 2013. Public health was ranked 34th in 2012.

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 options 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 1,350 programs and of more than 13,500 academics and professionals, conducted during the fall of 2013 and early 2014.