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New rankings acclaim MIT’s graduate programs in engineering, business

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 12:01am
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Extending a decades-long run, MIT’s graduate program in engineering has again been ranked No. 1 in the country by U.S. News & World Report. MIT has held the top spot since 1990, when the magazine first ranked graduate programs in engineering.

U.S. News awarded MIT a score of 100 among graduate programs in engineering, followed by No. 2 Stanford University (95), No. 3 University of California at Berkeley (87), and No. 4 California Institute of Technology (78).

MIT’s graduate programs led U.S. News lists in seven engineering disciplines, up from four No. 1 rankings last year. Top-ranked at MIT this year are programs in aerospace engineering (tied with Caltech); chemical engineering; materials engineering; computer engineering; electrical engineering (tied with Stanford); mechanical engineering (tied with Stanford); and nuclear engineering. Other top-five graduate programs at MIT include industrial/manufacturing/systems engineering (No. 3, tied with Northwestern University, Stanford and Berkeley) and biomedical engineering (No. 5).

The MIT Sloan School of Management tied for fourth with Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management among the nation’s top business schools, scoring 97 in U.S. News’ evaluation — just behind Harvard Business School, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sloan’s graduate programs in information systems, production/operations, and supply chain/logistics were again ranked first this year; the Institute’s graduate offerings in entrepreneurship (No. 3) also ranked among top-five programs.

U.S. News does not issue annual rankings for all doctoral programs, but revisits many every few years. Last year, in the magazine’s 2013 evaluation of graduate programs in economics, MIT tied for first place with Harvard University, Princeton University and the University of Chicago. The Institute’s graduate programs in chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics and physics were all top-ranked or tied for No. 1 in 2010.

U.S. News bases its rankings of graduate schools of engineering and business on two types of data: reputational surveys of deans and other academic officials, and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. The magazine’s less-frequent rankings of programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities are based solely on reputational surveys.

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