The 41 best graduate programs for 2018

US News ranks top programs in several categories

U.S. News & World Report recently released its annual list of top graduate programs in six fields: business, education, engineering, law, medicine, and nursing. 

For each category, researchers ranked accredited programs based on weighted scores that considered several measures of program quality, such as peer and recruiter assessments, graduate outcomes, and selectivity. The ranking methodology varies slightly by ranking to accommodate differences between the disciplines.

The top five programs in each category are listed below (more than five institutions might be listed in cases of ties).

Business

1. Harvard University (tie)

1. University of Pennsylvania (tie)

3. University of Chicago

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

5. Northwestern University

Education

1. Harvard University

2. Stanford University

3. University of CaliforniaLos Angeles (tie)

3. University of Pennsylvania (tie)

3. University of Wisconsin-Madison (tie)

Engineering

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2. Stanford University

3. University of California–Berkeley

4. California Institute of Technology

5. Carnegie Mellon University (tie)

5. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (tie)

Law

1. Yale University

2. Stanford University

3. Harvard University

4. University of Chicago

5. Columbia University

Medicine (Research)

1. Harvard University

2. Stanford University

3. Johns Hopkins University

4. University of California–San Francisco

5. University of Pennsylvania

Medicine (Primary Care)

1. University of Washington

2. University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill

3. University of California–San Francisco

4. Oregon Health and Science University

5. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

Nursing (Master's)

1. Duke University

2. Johns Hopkins University

3. University of Pennsylvania

4. Emory University

5. Ohio State University

Nursing (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

1. Duke University

2. Johns Hopkins University

3. University of Washington

4. Rush University

5. Columbia University (tie)

5. Ohio State University (tie)

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(Morse/Hines, U.S. News & World Report, 3/13 [1]; Morse/Hines, U.S. News & World Report, 3/13 [2]; Morse/Hines, U.S. News & World Report, 3/13 [3]; U.S. News & World Report, business rankings>, accessed 3/15; U.S. News & World Report, education rankings, accessed 3/15; U.S. News & World Report, engineering rankings, accessed 3/15; U.S. News & World Report, law rankings, accessed 3/15; U.S. News & World Report, medicine (research) rankings, accessed 3/15; U.S. News & World Report, medicine (primary care) rankings, accessed 3/15;  U.S. News & World Report, nursing (master's) rankings, accessed 3/15; U.S. News & World Report, nursing (DNP) rankings, accessed 3/15)


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