Georgia Tech’s graduate engineering school ranked seventh in the nation, and a joint biomedicial engineering Ph.D. program with Tech and Emory University ranked 2nd nationally for the 10th consecutive year.
Georgia’s graduate schools and programs were well represented in the latest national rankings released Wednesday by U.S. News and World Report.
The 2017 Best Graduate Schools rankings are designed to help prospective students research programs across six disciplines: business, law, education, engineering, medicine and nursing, along with specialty rankings within each graduate school discipline.
Among Georgia’s highlights, Emory’s Goizueta business school ranked 19th nationally. The university also received high ratings for its master’s nursing program, which ranked 8th; law school (22nd), medical school-research (23rd), medical school-primary care (29th).
The University of Georgia’s education program ranked 34th, Georgia’s highest ranking among those graduate programs.
“Emory’s graduate and professional programs are enhanced by their presence within a major research university with the liberal arts at its center,” says Claire Sterk, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory. “Our students have an unparalleled opportunity to work with scholars and researchers in transforming their fields for the common good.”
The six graduate disciplines are evaluated on a variety of factors, including employment rates for graduates, starting salary and standardized test scores of newly enrolled students. Because each graduate program is different, the rankings methodology varies across disciplines, according to U.S. News.
“Going to graduate school is a major commitment of time and money,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “Our rankings and advice offer guidance throughout the decision-making process to help prospective students and their families find the right fit.”
In the 2017 rankings, California has the largest concentration of top-ranked graduate school programs, followed by New York and Pennsylvania, respectively. Harvard University was the top business school and medical school for research. Yale University had the top law school, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked first among engineering schools.