Georgia schools, programs score high in U.S. News Grad School rankings


Several Georgia colleges appeared in the 2016 U.S. News Best Graduate School rankings. Here are some examples:

Emory - No. 19 among law schools; No. 21 among full-time business schools; No. 23 among medical schools (research); No. 42 among medical schools (primary care)

Georgia Tech - No. 30 among full-time business schools

University of Georgia – No. 31 among law schools; No. 33 among education schools; No. 53 among full-time business schools

Georgia State University - No. 14 among part-time law programs; No. 56 among law schools; No. 71 among education schools

Georgia Southern University - No. 98 among nursing schools

Georgia Regents University - No. 109 among nursing schools

Morehouse School of Medicine - No. 34 among medical schools (primary care)

Mercer - No. 118 among law schools

Graduate programs at Georgia’s universities received high ratings in the latest rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

Georgia Tech ranked sixth nationally among engineering schools, and Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School ranked 10th among nursing schools, according to the 2016 Best Graduate School rankings.

“This year’s U.S. News and World Report ranking validates the strength of our nursing programs and our commitment to developing outstanding nursing leaders,” says Linda McCauley, dean and professor of Emory’s nursing school.

The 2016 edition features information and rankings for the largest professional graduate school disciplines: business, law, education, engineering and medicine, along with specialty rankings within each discipline. This year, U.S. News expanded the nursing program rankings and updated its law school ranking methodology so that law schools received less credit for employing their own graduates.

The magazine used various data including standardized test scores of newly enrolled students, employment outcomes for graduates, and acceptance rates to determine its rankings.

The rankings are designed to help prospective students research programs in their field of interest and evaluate the potential return on their investment, said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News, in a release from the magazine.

In addition to releasing the rankings, U.S. News also reported that tuition has gone up in each discipline it reviewed, with significant increases in public graduate school rates. Enrollment has increased in business, medical and engineering fields, while education and law have seen enrollment declines. Both public and private law schools and universities have seen enrollment drop, while tuition has increased significantly.

The full rankings are available at,