The 43 best graduate schools of 2020, according to US News

U.S. News & World Report recently released its annual list of top graduate programs in six fields: business, education, engineering, law, medicine, and nursing. This year, the publication also released rankings of master's degree programs in social work, public affairs, health care management, and other fields.

For each category, researchers ranked 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. University of Pennsylvania*
2. Stanford University
3. Harvard University* (tie)
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology* (tie)
3. University of Chicago* (tie)

Education

1. Harvard University*
2. University of Pennsylvania*
3. Stanford University
3. University of California, Los Angeles* (tie)
3. University of Wisconsin–Madison* (tie)

Engineering

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology*
2. Stanford University
3. University of California, Berkeley*
4. Carnegie Mellon University*
5. California Institute of Technology* (tie)
5. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor*

Law

1. Yale University
2. Stanford University
3. Harvard University*
4. University of Chicago*
5. Columbia University*

Medicine (Research)

1. Harvard University*
2. Johns Hopkins University*
3. Stanford University
3. University of Pennsylvania*
5. University of California, San Francisco*

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Medicine (Primary Care)

1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill*
2. University of Washington*
3. University of California, San Francisco*
4. Baylor College of Medicine
5. University of California, Los Angeles*

Nursing (Master's)

1. Johns Hopkins University*
2. Duke University*
3. University of Pennsylvania*
4. Emory University*
5. Columbia University* (tie)
5. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill* (tie)
5. Yale University (tie)

Nursing (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

1. Johns Hopkins University*
2. Duke University* (tie)
2. Rush University (tie)
4. University of Washington*
5. Vanderbilt University*

*Editor's note: EAB congratulates member institutions that made the lists. Member institutions above have been marked with an asterisk.

(Kowarski, U.S. News & World Report, 3/12; Morse, U.S. News & World Report, 3/11; U.S. News & World Report, business rankings, accessed 3/12; U.S. News & World Report, education rankings, accessed 3/12; U.S. News & World Report, engineering rankings, accessed 3/12; U.S. News & World Report, law rankings, accessed 3/12; U.S. News & World Report, medicine (research) rankings, accessed 3/12; U.S. News & World Report, medicine (primary care) rankings, accessed 3/12; U.S. News & World Report, nursing (master's) rankings, accessed 3/12; U.S. News & World Report, nursing (DNP) rankings, accessed 3/12).


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