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  U.S. News & World Report rankings
Two top programs boost U-M strength in grad school lists

Bolstered by top rankings in higher education administration and nuclear engineering, U-M maintained its academic strength in the U.S. News & World Report 2006 rankings of graduate programs published today (April 3).

Among the programs ranked each year in "America's Best Graduate Schools"—business, education, engineering, law and medicine—U-M maintained top-10 rankings in three of five. The University also is in the top 10 in 44 specialties. Higher education administration has held the top position for many years and nuclear engineering ascended to first place after ranking 2nd in 2005. All told, 34 of 44 specialties either improved their position or remained the same.

In the annual rankings, the College of Engineering (tied for 6th) and School of Education (9th) held their previous positions, while the Law School dropped one position to 8th—tied with the University of California (UC), Berkeley, and the University of Virginia. The Stephen M. Ross School of Business dropped from 10th to an 11th-place tie with Duke University. The Medical School tied for 11th with Columbia University and UCLA for research, and primary care went from 27th to a tie for 28th with the University of Alabama-Birmingham and University of North Texas.

Programs not ranked annually but listed this year all were in the sciences. Mathematics rose from 9th in 2002 to a tie for 7th with the California Institute of Technology, New York University and Yale University. In biological sciences, U-M tied for 12th with Duke, Rockefeller University, UC, San Diego, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, up from 14th in 2002. Chemistry rose from 21st in 2002 to 17th. In computer science, U-M is tied with Harvard and UCLA at 15th, down one spot from its 2002 showing.

In earth sciences—not ranked since 1999—paleontology rose from 4th to a 3rd-place tie with Yale; geology remained at No. 5, and geochemistry is ranked 5th, down from 2nd. Physics retained its rank of No. 13.

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