MIT’s graduate program in engineering has again earned a No. 1 spot in U.S. News and Word Report’s annual rankings, a place it has held since 1990, when the magazine first ranked such programs.
The MIT Sloan School of Management also placed highly. It occupies the No. 5 spot for the best graduate business programs, a placement it shares with Harvard University.
Among individual engineering disciplines, MIT placed first in six areas: aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering (tied with Caltech), chemical engineering, computer engineering, electrical/electronic/communications engineering (tied with Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley), materials engineering, and mechanical engineering. It placed second in nuclear engineering.
In the rankings of individual MBA specialties, MIT placed first in three areas: business analytics, production/operations, and project management. It placed second in information systems and supply chain/logistics.
U.S. News does not issue annual rankings for all doctoral programs but revisits many every few years. This year, the magazine ranked the nation’s top PhD programs in the social sciences and humanities, which it last evaluated for 2018. MIT’s economics program earned a No. 1 ranking overall, shared with Harvard, Stanford, Princeton University, University of Chicago, and Yale University; it also earned first- or second-place rankings for six economics specialties. MIT’s political science program placed among the top 10 in the nation as well.
MIT ranked in the top five for 24 of the 37 science disciplines evaluated for 2019.
The magazine bases its rankings of graduate schools of engineering and business on two types of data: reputational surveys of deans and other academic officials, and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research, and students. The magazine’s less-frequent rankings of programs in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities are based solely on reputational surveys.