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Engineering, management programs excel in graduate rankings

MIT leads the way in several disciplines in U.S. News and World Report's annual list

The MIT School of Engineering's graduate program is once again No. 1 in the country, according to the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings. The school has held the top spot since the rankings were first produced in 1990.

In the magazine’s annual evaluation of U.S. graduate school programs, which hits newsstands in early April, MIT achieved the top score overall among engineering schools, and was ranked No. 1 in several specialties, including aeronautics and astronautics, chemical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, materials engineering and mechanical engineering.

The MIT Sloan School of Management was third among the nation’s MBA programs (the same as last year), behind only Stanford (1st) and Harvard (2nd). Sloan’s specialty programs in information systems, production/operations and supply chain/logistics were also ranked first again this year.

U.S. News does not issue annual rankings for all doctoral programs but, instead, revisits them every few years. In 2009, for example, U.S. News evaluated economics doctoral programs, and MIT tied for first place with Harvard, Princeton and the University of Chicago. The Institute’s graduate programs in chemistry, physics, mathematics and earth sciences were all ranked No. 1 in 2010.

U.S. News ranks professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine. These rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program quality, and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. Rankings of programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities, meanwhile, are based solely on the ratings of academic experts.

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