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March 22, 2017

UMass Amherst graduate programs ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report

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Graduate programs in business, education, engineering and nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst moved up in the rankings in the 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” which was released March 14.        

The Isenberg School of Management surged from 75th last year to No. 57 and its part-time MBA advanced three spots to No. 13.

The College of Education, moved up one place to 41st among 256 schools, while the College of Nursing is 45th among 292 master’s degree programs in nursing. Last year, it was No. 48. The College of Engineering is 56th, moving up one place in a field of 198 institutions.

Beyond the six disciplines ranked annually, U.S. News also periodically ranks programs in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, the health arena and other areas based solely on the ratings of academic experts. This year, U.S. News is publishing fresh rankings of doctoral programs in English, history, political science, psychology and sociology. These rankings, based solely on academic experts’ ratings, were last updated in 2013.

According to those updated rankings, UMass Amherst’s programs are listed as follows: sociology (30), history (44) psychology (53), political science (56) and English (57). Two specialty areas in sociology were also ranked: sex and gender (6) and sociology of population (13).

Also revised were rankings for specialty areas in the College of Engineering: chemical engineering (33); civil (45); computer (36); electrical/electronic/communications (48); industrial/manufacturing/systems (32); materials (35) and mechanical (57). 

Rankings of doctoral programs in the sciences, master’s programs in public affairs and fine arts, and graduate programs in health-related fields were not updated this year but are republished in the new guide.

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences and the College of Information and Computer Sciences are both ranked 25th. The artificial intelligence specialty in Information and Computer Sciences is ranked 12th.

The doctor of nursing practice, which is offered online, is ranked No. 38.

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences’ audiology program is 30th and speech-language pathology is 39th. The clinical psychology program in the College of Natural Sciences is 50th.

Also in the College of Natural Sciences, which was in the 2015 guide, biological sciences was ranked 55th; chemistry, 56th; earth sciences, 49th; mathematics, 60th, and physics, 50th.

UMass Amherst is ranked 82nd for fine arts and its program in public policy and administration is 86th.