The rankings, published from April through June by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd., an organization specializing in education and study abroad), examined individual programs in five specific areas: engineering and technology; life sciences and medicine; natural sciences; social sciences; and arts and humanities.
Within those themes, MIT ranked first in the categories of computer science and information systems; chemical engineering; civil and structural engineering; electrical and electronic engineering; mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering; and metallurgy and materials.
The Institute ranked second in biological sciences; economics and econometrics; and mathematics. Other categories in which MIT was listed in the top five include accounting and finance; chemistry; earth and marine sciences; environmental sciences; medicine; physics and astronomy; and statistics and operational research.
The full list of rankings by category and subject can be found here.
QS ranked colleges and universities based on several criteria, including academic reputation, employer reputation and citations per paper. MIT was featured within the published ranges of 24 subjects among the 26 ranked this year.
The organization also publishes overall rankings of worldwide universities, in which MIT placed fifth in 2010 behind the University of Cambridge, Harvard University, Yale University and University College London.