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March 23, 2018

UMass graduate programs among best in nation, new rankings say

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U.S. News & World Report's 2019 Best Graduate Schools ranks several UMass programs in Top 100

New rankings by U.S. News & World Report placed graduate school programs at the University of Massachusetts among the best in the nation, underscoring the five-campus system’s commitment to excellence.

Several programs at UMass placed in the Top 100 on U.S. News & World Report's 2019 edition of Best Graduate Schools, which reviewed programs in engineering, law, education, medicine, business and nursing.

UMass Lowell’s graduate program in criminology was ranked No. 2 in New England and No. 27 in the nation, while the Francis College of Engineering was ranked No. 3 overall for graduate programs offered by public universities in New England, and the nuclear engineering degree was ranked No. 19 in the nation.

UMass Amherst’s computer science program was ranked 20th in the nation, with the artificial intelligence specialty in the College of Information and Computer Sciences featured prominently at No. 11.

UMass Medical School was ranked 14th in the nation for primary care education and 46th for research, climbing four spots in that category.

“I’m proud to see the value and quality of a UMass education recognized by these rankings,” said President Marty Meehan. “The faculty, students and staff across our five campuses strive for excellence each and every day, and it’s gratifying to see their talent and hard work validated.”

U.S. News & World Report weighed factors including research activity, student selectivity, employment rates and reputation to determine the rankings, which are considered among the most influential in higher education.

Several programs at UMass Boston also made the Top 100, including the Master of Nursing at No. 66, the Doctor of Nursing Practice at No. 73 and the Master’s program in public affairs at No. 77.

Additional UMass Amherst graduate programs ranked in the Top 100 include earth sciences at No. 46, chemistry at No. 52, biology at No. 54, mathematics at No. 55 and physics at No. 56. The Isenberg School of Management’s part-time MBA was ranked 25th in the nation.

The graduate school rankings come on the heels of online rankings in January that placed online undergraduate and graduate programs at UMass among the best in the country. Specifically, U.S. News & World Report ranked online bachelor's programs at UMass Amherst and UMass Lowell as the top two in Massachusetts, among the top three in New England and No. 16 and No. 22 nationally, respectively. Online bachelor's programs at UMass Boston also featured prominently on the list at fifth in New England and No. 60 nationally.            

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