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March 21, 2019

UMass graduate programs receive acclaim in new U.S. News & World Report Rankings

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  • The UMass System
Graduate programs at the University of Massachusetts are among the best in the nation according to recently released rankings from U.S. News and World Report.

The 2020 Best Graduate Schools rankings serve as another example of the university’s rising national reputation and its sustained commitment to academic excellence.

A number of programs from UMass campuses placed in the Top 100 on U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Best Graduate Schools ranking, which included programs in engineering, law, education, medicine, business and nursing.

UMass Medical School reclaimed its position as the top medical school in New England for primary care education, ranking No. 15 overall, in top 10 percent nationally. As a testament to its world-class research enterprise, UMass Medical School was also recognized as No. 45 in the nation in the Research category.

UMass Amherst’s graduate degree in business was ranked No. 7 in New England and No. 74 in the nation. Additionally, its part-time MBA program was ranked first in New England and No. 17 nationwide. These new developments come on the heels of the U.S. News & World Report 2019 Best Online Program List, which ranked Isenberg School of Management’s online MBA No. 1 in New England and praised its accessibility and academic rigor.

UMass Boston’s education program sharply rose 29 spots to No. 66 in the nation, and its rehabilitation counseling program, which has consistently been ranked as the best in Massachusetts, rose nine spots to No. 15 nationally. UMass Boston’s Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master of Nursing program continued to rank within the top 100 nationally at No. 72 and No. 83, respectively.

UMass Lowell’s nuclear engineering program was ranked at No. 24 nationwide, while its materials engineering and chemical engineering programs also placed within the top 100 in the country at No. 90 and No. 99, respectively.

“Our first-rate graduate programs give students the knowledge, skills and opportunities that are required to succeed in today’s competitive economy,” said President Marty Meehan. “I’m thrilled that our continued commitment to excellence is paying off for our students, and that the dedication of faculty and staff across our campuses has been recognized in these rankings.”

According to U.S. News & World Report, its Best Graduate Schools rankings are based on statistical measures of research, faculty and student quality, as well as an institution’s national reputation and academic excellence.