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Engineers take top honors in U.S. News rankings

MIT's School of Engineering and more than a dozen MIT graduate or doctoral programs ranked No. 1 nationwide in U.S. News & World Report's annual evaluation of American graduate school programs.

U.S. News & World Report magazine has published its well-regarded graduate school rankings for 18 years. The 2007 edition of its book, "America's Best Graduate Schools," hits the newsstands Monday, April 3.

MIT's School of Engineering was ranked No. 1 among U.S. graduate engineering schools overall, with Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley and Georgia Institute of Technology taking second, third and fourth place, respectively.

MIT also placed first in five of 12 engineering specialties -- chemical, computer, electrical, materials and mechanical engineering -- and second in aerospace/aeronautical engineering, second in nuclear engineering, fourth in civil engineering and eighth in biomedical engineering.

The magazine's criteria for determining overall engineering rankings include peer assessment, recruiter assessment, research activity, student selectivity and doctoral student-to-faculty ratio. MIT scored 100 overall -- the top score.

As in 2006, MIT's Sloan School of Management tied for fourth place overall with Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management in the U.S. News rankings of business schools.

Business school deans and MBA program directors ranked business specialty programs on academic quality and placement success, among other categories. Sloan School's programs in information systems, production/operations and supply chain/logistics were each ranked No. 1.

This year, U.S. News ranked American Ph.D. programs in science, and MIT shared second place overall with Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley.

MIT earned top honors for some of its overall doctoral programs, placing first in chemistry (with Berkeley), computer science (with Carnegie Mellon, Stanford and Berkeley), math and physics. MIT earned second place for its overall doctoral program in biological sciences (with Harvard and Berkeley) and earth sciences.

Institute doctoral programs were also ranked first in seven subspecialties -- inorganic chemistry, artificial intelligence, computer science theory, discrete math and combinations, and nuclear, plasma and quantum physics. MIT doctoral subspecialties ranking second nationwide included genetics/genomics, computer science systems, geology, geophysics, applied math, geometry and atomic/molecular physics.

The magazine's ranking of American undergraduate programs appears in August.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 5, 2006 (download PDF).

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