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Posted on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 5:51 p.m.

University of Michigan graduate schools maintain top rankings

By Kellie Woodhouse


University of Michigan's graduate programs were recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

Joseph Tobianski | file photo

University of Michigan programs stayed near the top of U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of graduate schools.

The medical, law and education schools each rose in the rankings, while the business and engineering schools each slipped a spot.

U.S. News released its 2014 edition of "Best Graduate Schools" Tuesday.

  • College of Engineering: 2014: 9th, 2013: 8th, 2012: 9th
  • Stephen M. Ross School of Business: 2014: 14th, 2013: 13th, 2012: 14th
  • Medical School research: 2014: 8th, 2013: 10th, 2012: 10th
  • Medical School primary care: 2014: 8th, 2013: 8th, 2012: 20th
  • Law School: 2014: 9th, 2013: 10th, 2012: 7th
  • School of Education: 2014:11th, 2013: 12th, 2012: 14th

In the fall, U.S. News ranked U-M 29th nationally for undergraduate education.

U.S. News uses admissions selectivity and expert opinions on program quality, and in some cases job-placement statistics and graduates' salary, to determine the rankings.

U.S. News dubbed Yale University as the top law school. The 2014 edition ranked Harvard University as the top medical school for research and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the best medical school for primary care. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is ranked as having the best engineering program and Vanderbilt is ranked as having the best education program. Harvard and Stanford universities are tied as having the best business school.

While teaching a class on the university budget in the fall, U-M Provost Philip Hanlon said that while prospective students and alums pay attention to rankings, the school does not evaluate its success based on its performance in various rankings.

U.S. News also revisited programs it hadn't ranked since 2009.

  • Economics: 13th
  • English: 13th
  • History: 7th
  • Political Science: 4th
  • Psychology: 4th
  • Sociology: 4th
  • Library and Information Studies: 4th

It also ranked online programs for the first time, placing U-M's online engineering program 5th.

Correction: The original article incorrectly listed the medical school as the top ranked U-M graduate school.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.



Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 8:43 p.m.

2014 ??? Must be nice to see a year into the future. I wonder if they can peer in that crystal ball and pick some good stocks.

say it plain

Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 1:53 a.m.

OMG, they've actually started rating on-line programs? that's significant, I think...

Evan Smith

Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 1:09 a.m.

Not bad.