The University Record, March 22, 1999

U.S. News releases doctoral, professional program rankings

By John Woodford
News and Information Services

The College of Engineering tied for third with Georgia Tech on the list of the 25 top engineering schools. File photo of G.G. Brown Bldg. courtesy Photo Services
The University's engineering and library science programs placed in the nation's top three in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of doctoral and professional programs for 199798.

The College of Engineering tied for third with Georgia Tech on the list of the 25 top engineering schools. MIT and Stanford took the top two positions. U-M took the fourth spot last year. In the rankings by engineering specialties, U-M finished second in the nuclear and environmental/environmental health engineering specialties, third in industrial/manufacturing, fourth in mechanical and in aerospace/aeronautical, fifth in electrical, sixth in materials, seventh in computer and in civil, and 10th in bioengineering/biomedical.

In library science, the School of Information ranked third with Syracuse. Illinois and North Carolina took the top two spots. The U-M took second in the specialty of archives and preservation and was in the fourth spot in information systems.

The magazine said that the engineering schools were "measured using objective data plus two sets of reputational ratings." The methodology weighted the magazine's findings by reputation, student selectivity (enrolled students' GRE scores), faculty resources (ratio of full-time doctoral candidates to full-time faculty), research activity (total research expenditure and research dollar-per-faculty), overall rank (assessment based on performance in the indicators mentioned above), and specialty rankings within engineering.

Similar methodology was used in the rankings of the following graduate and professional programs:

  • The Department of Geological Sciences tied for fifth with Columbia, behind Cal Tech, MIT, Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley. The geological specialties listing had U-M in second place in geochemistry and sedimentology/stratigraphy, and fourth in paleontology.

  • The Business School ranked seventh in a tie with Columbia. Listed above it were Stanford, Harvard, Northwestern, Penn (Wharton), MIT and Chicago. The U-M was in the top 10 in all 11 business specialties: general management (4), part-time MBA (4), marketing (5), accounting (6), production/operations management (7), quantitative analysis (7), entrepreneurship (8), international (8), management information systems (9), finance (10) and nonprofit organizations (10).

  • The Law School placed eighth, as it did last year, in a tie with Duke. The top seven spots went to Yale, Harvard, Stanford, NYU, Columbia, Chicago and Virginia. In the specialties ranking, U-M was in the top 10 only in international law (7).

  • The School of Education took eighth place, behind Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, UCLA, Berkeley, Vanderbilt and Ohio State. Last year, it held sixth place. U-M rankings in education specialties were: higher education administration; educational psychology; curriculum/instruction; social/philosophical foundations; and elementary teacher.

  • The Department of Mathematics took ninth position, tied with Cornell and NYU behind MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Berkeley, Chicago, Yale and Cal Tech. In math specialties, the U-M placed sixth in algebra and in number theory, and 10th in mathematical statistics.

  • The Medical School was listed in 10th position, tied with Stanford and UCLA, versus 9th last year. Ahead of the U-M in medicine, with some schools joined in ties, were Harvard, Johns Hopkins, the University of Pennsylvania, Washington University in St. Louis, Yale, Duke, University of California, San Francisco, Columbia and the University of Washington.

    In the specialties selected by the magazine, the Medical School ranked as following: geriatrics, internal medicine, women's health. In a ranking of medical schools in provision of primary care, the U-M finished 33rd.

  • U-M finished 13th in the top 25 Ph.D. programs in physics, cracking the top 10 in atomic/molecular (5) and elementary particle (10). Cal Tech and Stanford finished one-two, with Harvard, MIT, Princeton and Berkeley tying for third.

  • The U-M also took 13th position in computer science, tied with Brown, Georgia Tech and UCLA. MIT and Stanford finished tied for first, with Carnegie Mellon and Berkeley tied for third and Cornell and Illinois in fifth. Only in computer hardware did U-M crack the top 10 in computer science specialties, which included software, theory, artificial intelligence, graphics: user interaction, and databases.

  • In biological sciences, the U-M came in at number 17, tied with Columbia and the University of California, San Diego. Harvard and Stanford tied for first in the field, followed by MIT and Berkeley. In the bioscience specialties, the U-M finished at number eight in microbiology.

  • In chemistry, the U-M placed 20th alongside Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Colorado. Berkeley led the ranking, with Cal Tech, Harvard, MIT and Stanford tying for second.