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Graduate programs in engineering, management excel in new rankings

MIT leads in multiple disciplines, says U.S. News & World Report.

The School of Engineering’s graduate program is once again No. 1 in the country, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings. MIT has held the top spot since 1990, when the magazine first ranked graduate programs in engineering.

In the magazine’s evaluation, MIT’s graduate programs in four engineering specialties were also ranked No. 1: chemical engineering, materials engineering, computer engineering (tied with Stanford University) and electrical engineering (tied with Stanford University). Other top-five graduate programs at MIT include mechanical engineering (No. 2), aeronautics and astronautics (No. 2, tied with the California Institute of Technology), nuclear engineering (No. 2, tied with the University of Wisconsin at Madison) and biomedical engineering (No. 5, tied with Stanford University).

The MIT Sloan School of Management was tied for fourth with Northwestern University and the University of Chicago among the nation’s top business schools. Sloan’s programs in information systems, production/operations and supply chain/logistics were ranked first this year; graduate offerings in entrepreneurship (No. 4) and finance (No. 5) were also ranked among top-five programs.

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

U.S. News bases its rankings of graduate schools of business, education, engineering, law and medicine 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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