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Posted on Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 11:17 a.m.

University of Michigan graduate programs ranked among top in nation

By Kellie Woodhouse

University of Michigan's flagship programs held their place among top-ranked graduate programs in recent U.S. News and World Report rankings.

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U-M's engineering, business, social work and medical schools rose in U.S. News' 2013 Best Graduate Schools rankings, while its education, law and pharmacy schools lost prominence on the list.

U.S. News dubbed the U-M School of Social Work the nation's top social work school. The college earned the No. 2 spot when it was last ranked in 2008.

The U-M College of Engineering is tied for eighth place with University of Texas at Austin this year. The engineering school went up a spot from 2012's ninth-place ranking. The school also ranked eighth in the 2011 list.

U-M's Law School fell to 10th this year. In 2012, the school was tied with the University of Pennsylvania for seventh place and in 2011 the school ranked seventh. Yale, Stanford and Harvard hold the top three rankings, respectively, and University of Pennsylvania still ranks seventh.

The U-M College of Education also dropped three spots and now ranks 12th. The school ranked ninth in 2012 and 14th in 2011. Meanwhile Michigan State University's education school rose from 17th place to 16th.

Among the top-ranked education programs, four public universities ranked higher than U-M. Vanderbilt University retained the top spot it held in 2012.

U-M's Stephen M. Ross School of Business is tied with University of Virginia's business school for 13th place, up a spot from 2012.

University of California at Berkeley was the only public institution that had a higher ranked business school. U.S. News ranked Harvard, Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania's business school's first, second and third, respectively.

U-M's Medical School was ranked eighth for primary care, up 12 spots from 2012's ranking, and maintained its No. 10 spot for research.

The College of Pharmacy lost two spots it was last ranked in 2008 and is now considered the seventh-best pharmacy program by U.S. News.

U-M's higher education administration speciality and nuclear engineering program also received first-place rankings from U.S. News.

U-M as a whole ranked 28th in the nation this year on U.S. News' annual list of best universities released in September.

Read U.S. News' reasoning behind the rankings here.

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



Wed, Sep 11, 2013 : 1:29 a.m.

Where is the Dental School in the rankings?

Kellie Woodhouse

Wed, Mar 14, 2012 : 12:28 a.m.

@Stephen Landes-- I understand what you're saying. In my opinion, the rankings themselves present a picture of how U-M is viewed nationally and comparatively with other institutions. That said, I wanted to let you know that we are planning on following this article up with a more comprehensive look at rankings that will encompass many of your suggestions, among other angles. We wanted to get you the initial information as quickly as possible, but we often like to follow these initial stories up with a second look that offers a wider perspective. Hope you tune in to that piece and, as always, thanks for reading.

Stephen Landes

Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 8:18 p.m.

The information that would make this article truly important involves the trend: How do the rankings this time around compare to a year ago? five years ago? ten years ago? Is there any relationship between the rankings of these programs and their funding -- state/Federal/private/research? Otherwise we simply have a huge field for speculation as has already been started in the comments. This article presents data. Data isn't information, nor is it knowledge.


Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 7:21 p.m.

Some question why our Education programs have fallen in rankings. Here is my opinion: It's hard to learn in K-12, especially when funding for K-12 is cut by republicans in Lansing, teachers are attacked so maliciously and are so disrespected by adults, parents fail to help their children with homework or engage on their progress, and higher education funding has been cut by up to 35% over the course of a couple years and the highest ranking Michigan Universities in our State (and as you can see in the nation) are disrespected as are the hardworking staff, professors, researchers, and administrators responsible for their national rankings. Congrats to UM for remaining a national bright spot for higher education --- actually an international bright spot for higher education, one we should all be proud of. Congrats to the other Michigan Universities who do so well despite falling State support as well. It's a testament to the hard work of employees who make it happen daily: The Michigan Difference!


Wed, Mar 14, 2012 : 4:17 a.m.

And yes thanks to the alumni who contribute to capital and other endowment campaigns to build and protect the Universities from the fluctuations in and reductions in State support, political meddling, etc.


Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 7:43 p.m.

$7,000,000,000 in endowments . . . its the other universities in this state that have really had to make adjustments

Ben Connor Barrie

Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 6:56 p.m.

Why not make it easier for foreign students to keep working in the US after they graduate with advanced degrees?

David Paris

Wed, Mar 14, 2012 : 3:04 a.m.

Because it would be incredibly illogical.


Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 5:40 p.m.

47% of the PhDs in engineering granted by American universities went to foreign students. At the same time American businesses say we have a shortage of engineers. Why are we not training American engineers? Read more at <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>.


Thu, Mar 15, 2012 : 5:40 p.m.

As an (American) engineer and UofM grad, I can tell you why American engineers aren't getting advanced engineering degrees. It's because they are getting MBA's.

Mr. Me

Wed, Mar 14, 2012 : 11:09 a.m.

If nativists would stop denying them work visas, many of them would stay here.


Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 7:42 p.m.

No one and nothing, save for laziness, is stopping Americans from pursuing graduate degrees.


Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 6:52 p.m.

Math is hard! Americans would rather go shopping.


Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 6:15 p.m.

It's never too late. Go get one yourself


Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 5:34 p.m.

Um....this is a photograph of Commencement. University Graduate Exercises takes place in Hill Auditorium.