Where Can I Find Rankings of Graduate Programs?

Many organizations collect, analyze and rank data covering several aspects of graduate school programs. This article discusses three prominent graduate school rankings offered by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and the Center for Measuring University Performance.

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When choosing between graduate programs, it can be helpful to consider rankings published by reliable sources.

Rankings for Graduate Programs

Students who are considering graduate school may find rankings for a variety of graduate degree programs, from arts to business schools. Three sources with the most extensive listings of graduate program rankings are U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and the Center for Measuring University Performance.

U.S. News & World Report

Part of U.S. News & World Report's annual college rankings is a list of the best graduate schools in the U.S., based on surveys covering more than 1,900 graduate schools. Schools are categorized by discipline. U.S. News & World Report ranks schools in the following categories:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
  • Humanities
  • Library and Information Studies
  • Public Affairs
  • Fine Arts
  • Nursing

The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review allows a prospective candidate to search for grad schools in many disciplines. Graduate programs are ranked in several categories, including academics, demographics, parties and quality of life. Other programs may be ranked by unique categories such as 'Best Professors' and 'Toughest to Get Into.' The website lists schools by discipline, and each category allows for a different type of search. A quick search allows the sorting of data by program type. The site also features a generic search with an alphabetical list of available major profiles.

Center for Measuring University Performance

Each summer, the Center for Measuring University Performance at Arizona State University releases an updated report ranking the top American research universities. It is important to note that this report does not rank the quality of graduate programs, but the indicators that they use can often influence the quality of the education that graduates get. The Center for Measuring University performance ranks schools based on the following nine measures:

  • Total research
  • Federal research
  • Endowment assets
  • Annual giving
  • National Academy members
  • Faculty awards
  • Doctorates awarded
  • Postdoctoral appointees
  • SAT scores

Students who are interested in attending graduate school can consider rankings provided by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and the Center for Measuring University Performance when deciding where to apply and enroll.

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