The 2015 edition of U.S. News and World Report's “Best Graduate Schools” has given high marks to several UMass Amherst programs. The College of Nursing’s online graduate program is ranked third in the nation, plus the nursing program, which offers an online master’s clinical nurse leader degree and an online doctor of nursing practice, was also ranked 63rd for its traditional graduate program. The part-time MBA program at the Isenberg School of Management came in at 16th in the nation, and the online business program at number 27. The computer science program is ranked 25th; the sociology program attained the 31st position, including a number 8 ranking in "sex and gender" and a number 15 ranking in "sociology of population"; psychology came in at 46th, and engineering was ranked 60th, and political science came in at 68. The report rated the College of Education 42nd in both its traditional and online programs.
Each year U.S. News and 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 information comes from surveys of administrators at more than 1,350 programs and of more than 13,500 academics and professionals, conducted during the fall of 2013 and early 2014.
The part-time MBA ranking is based on five factors: peer assessment, average GMAT and GRE scores of entering students, average undergraduate GPA, work experience and the percentage of 2013 MBA enrollment that is part-time.
Online programs are ranked from among 714 master’s programs that deliver all required classes online. Factors include success at promoting student engagement; training and credentials of faculty; selectivity of admissions; services and technologies available; and the opinions of deans and other academics at peer distance-learning programs in their discipline.