Program Listings through Professional Organizations
Organizations for professionals in a specific field sometimes list and rank Ph.D. programs in their discipline in order to help prospective students choose the best program. For instance, a student who wishes to find Ph.D. programs in social psychology may consult the list maintained at the Social Psychology Network (www.socialpsychology.org), which also provides the psychology Ph.D. rankings from the National Research Council.
Survey-Based Ph.D. Ranking Lists
U.S. News & World Report ranks graduate schools based on peer reputation surveys and several data-based criteria, including graduation rates. The publication's rankings of best graduate schools are divided by subject, which allows students to find highly ranked Ph.D. programs in their fields.
The report's graduate school rankings include all graduate-level programs, but the graduate schools in the rankings all offer at least one doctoral program. The following schools offer Ph.D. programs ranked in the top ten of U.S. News & World Report's 2016 best graduate school rankings in multiple fields of study.
Types of Ph.D. Programs
Doctoral programs are available in most academic fields, including social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, arts, business, healthcare and education. Individual Ph.D. programs are highly field-specific and often selected based on faculty advisors as much as schools, so students seeking lists of Ph.D. programs may wish to narrow down a field of study first. Many students also select a specific focus within their fields, such as ancient history or molecular biology, in order to identify a school or program offering relevant faculty expertise and research opportunities.