General information on ranking

Name of the ranking (in English) US News Best Graduate Schools Rankings
Name of the ranking (in original) US News Best Graduate Schools Rankings
Scope of the ranking ranking by subject/specific program ranking
Name of person in charge of ranking Robert Morse
Website of the ranking
First year of publication 1987
Most recent year of publication 2023
Date of last update 2023-05-23
Publication frequency annual
Ranking organization U.S. News & World Report LP
Methodology website (for each broad area there is a separate methodology)

Within the US News Best Graduate Schools Rankings 12 broad areas are considered, and each of the broad area list includes a few specialties and programs, e.g. Best Business Schools Ranking includes two programs and 13 specialties (with a separate list prepared for each of them), Best Fine Arts Schools Ranking includes seven specialties, Best Health Schools Ranking includes 14 specialties, etc. Each broad area has its separate methodology and in case of three broad areas, a separate methodology is considered for each program/specialty.

For each broad field there is a separate methodology. For example the U.S. News’ Best Social Sciences and Humanities rankings, the U.S. News’ Best Sciences rankings, the U.S. News’ Best Library and Information Studies rankings are based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to academics in each discipline. The individuals rate the quality of the program at each institution on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding).

The U.S. News’ Best Law Schools rankings evaluate institutions on their successful placement of graduates, their faculty resources, the academic achievements of entering students, and opinions by law schools, lawyers and judges on overall program quality.

The U.S. News’ Best Engineering Schools rankings compare schools on their research activity, faculty resources, academic achievements of entering students and assessments by other engineering schools and employers.

The U.S. News’ Best Business Schools rankings are based on the results of peer assessment surveys, recruiter assessment score, placement success including three ranking indicators on employment and earnings, student selectivity including three admissions indicators, etc.

The U.S. News’ Best Medical Schools - Research and Best Medical Schools – Primary Care evaluate schools on faculty resources, the academic achievements of entering students and qualitative assessments by schools and residency directors. The research rankings include two measures of research productivity, while the primary care rankings incorporate two metrics for graduates going into primary care.

The U.S. News’ Best Nursing Schools rankings assess programs on their research activity, faculty resources, student excellence and qualitative ratings from experts.

U.S. News evaluated education schools on research activity, academic excellence of entering students, faculty resources, and opinions on program quality from education school deans and school hiring professionals.

The rankings of Master of Fine Arts programs and the rankings of public affairs programs are based solely on peer assessment survey results. 


Additional information

  • Main target groups: students and parents, higher education institutions
  • Level of comparison: institutional: between 55 and 603, depending on the area/subject; broad areas: 12
  • Major dimensions covered: employability, reputation, research, teaching
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